Big 12 Media Days: Is Tech A Contender?

Kliff Kingsbury knows that for Texas Tech to contend in the Big 12 the Red Raiders defense has to be much better in 2016.

Besides the botched attempt to move on from the Baylor situation in Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby's opening remarks today, the football talk really revolved around Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech.

Oklahoma State and the Horned Frogs were the top picked teams in the preseason poll on hand for the first day of the Big 12 media gathering. Texas Tech is kind of like Texas will be on Tuesday, as the Red Raiders will be questioned, looked at carefully, and examined to see if they are a legitimate threat to compete for the top of the conference. 

The major question for the Red Raiders is can they play defense? Oklahoma State fell behind three times last season in Lubbock, twice by 17 points, and still came back to win 70-53. Will Texas Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs get it turned around?

One of his defensive backs Justis Nelson described Gibbs as being laid back. Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury and his quarterback were ready for their cover shot with the 2016 edition of Texas Football Magazine

Will the Texas Tech defense be ready for its close up for this season especially in that early nonconference test against Arizona State?

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