Red Raiders crash AP Top 25

Joshua Koch writes about how the team is not focusing on the ranking heading into Texas State.

It has been a while since the Red Raiders have been ranked this early in a season inside the Top 25.

Most of the time at this point Texas Tech is on the outside looking in, but with a 3-0 start under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury, the Red Raiders have broken through as the No. 25 team in the Associated Press college football poll.

"We're excited," Texas Tech wide receiver Bradley Marquez, said about the ranking. "Actually, I asked Siri on my iPhone who her favorite team was yesterday and she said Texas Tech, so that was pretty fun."

The last time the Red Raiders were ranked this early in the season was the historic 2008 campaign, when Tech debuted at No. 12 in a preseason poll.

For Kingsbury the ranking after three weeks is a new record for a new head coach breaking the previous mark held by Jim Carlen in 1970, who got the team ranked after five games.

But even with the ranking, that's not what the Red Raiders are focusing on going into this weekend's game against Texas State.

"Yeah, I don't even pay attention to it," Kingsbury said. "It is what it is. We just attack each week and try to get better that week and try to win that game. So that's really where we're at."

Being ranked this early in the season is a good sign, but now there is a bigger target on the back of the Red Raiders than ever before.

Not only do opponents want to hand Tech its first setback of the season but also knock off a ranked team.

With this in mind, defensive lineman Kerry Hyder said they know there is a long road until the end of the season.

"It will feel better at the end of the season," Hyder said about being ranked. "We're happy with the ranking, but we've still got a lot of work to do."



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