Weekly Predictions

As the Red Raiders prepare for their final non-conference game against Southeastern Louisiana, we had each member of our staff write their prediction for the upcoming game.

Mark Sparrow

The Red Raiders are coming off a hard loss to the TCU Horned Frogs and are looking to right the ship this week against Southeastern Louisiana.  Coach Leach has said repeatedly this past week that he will not hesitate to bench players that aren't giving it 100%, so I expect to see some lineup changes come Saturday.

As of writing this prediction, the game is 2000 tickets away from being a sellout, so I expect a packed Jones Stadium to welcome the Red Raiders.  Playing in the comfy confines of the Jones has always helped Tech rise to excel, and this week should be no different.  The team will come out with a chip on their shoulder and will want to prove that all three sides of the ball can play well simultaneously. 

Southeastern Louisiana gave up 381 passing yards to New Mexico State, a team that runs a similar offense to Texas Tech.  The Red Raiders will test their secondary to an even greater degree, and blow this game wide open early.

The Red Raiders get back on track with a convincing win at home and then begin preparations for the showdown next week in College Station against the Aggies of Texas A&M.

Final Score:  Texas Tech 55, SE Louisiana 7

Andrew Swofford

Texas Tech's offense will look to get back on track this Saturday as they host South Eastern Louisiana.  After struggling against TCU, I look for the Raiders to come out firing on all cylinders. 

I don't see South Eastern Louisiana keeping this game close.  The defense will continue to play well, and after being challenged by Coach Leach the offense will respond.  Graham and Company will get the Air Raid back to old form.

Final Score: Texas Tech 52,  South Eastern Louisiana 3

Bill Cohen

For the Red Raiders, this game couldn't come at a better time.  This is a big bounceback opportunity against a team that is 0-2 against D1-A opponents.  For Southeastern Louisiana, the offense seems to run through Sophomore RB Jay Lucas who is both a rushing (7.3 YPC) and receiving (9 catches/tied for team lead) threat.  The Lion defense is led by Senior LB Demoris Hardiman (27 Tackles).

While Southeastern hopes to make some noise in the Southland Conference, they catch a Texas Tech team that is eager to get on the right track before the start of conference play. Southeastern Louisiana will be out-gunned and overmatched against a Red Raider team looking to post a convincing win before traveling to A&M.

Final Score:  Texas Tech 59  - Southeastern Louisiana 0

Aaron Harris (TrickyLeach)

The Red Raiders look to bounce back from their nauseating offensive performance in Ft. Worth.

Congratulations, Southeastern Louisiana! You are the "sacraficial lamb" that was added to the end of non-conference play to give the Red Raiders a 12-game schedule.

Historically, Tech is pretty darned good when playing a home game after a loss, and with SELA being a D I-AA school, we really shouldn't expect anything to change.

There have been a few notable D-I teams that have fell to I-AA teams this year, namely Colorado and New Mexico, but don't expect that to happen here. SELA is 1-2 with both losses coming to D-I teams, putrid New Mexico State and so-so Southern Mississippi.

Oh yeah – and add to that the fact that the Red Raiders are going to be an angry football team Saturday. The offense should get back on track in this glorified scrimmage, while SE Louisiana may score some trash points late.

Final Score: Texas Tech 59, SE Louisiana 10.

Trent Wycoff

The Texas Tech offense rebounds in a big way against SE Louisiana.  The Air Raid returns to normal, and dominates the entire game.  Chris Todd takes over early in the second half, and the offense doesn't skip a beat.  Nearly every receiver on the roster gets a catch, and the team proves that the dismal effort against TCU was just an aberration.  It should be a 500+ yard performance by the team.

The defense continues their solid play from last week.  Seniors Fletcher Session, Chris Hudler, and Keyunta Dawson are in top form, and the youngsters continue to improve under their leadership.  Chris Parker sits out the game to return to full health, and Jamar Wall step up huge in his absence. Joe Garcia and Anthony Hines both play well, and the secondary has another strong game.

The home crowd will offer their support and be a factor, and this game gets the Red Raiders fully prepared to take on in-state rival A&M at Kyle Field.

Final Score: Texas Tech 48, SE Louisiana 7

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