A Big 12 contender who is flying under the radar is identified by Greg McElroy.

Texas Tech enjoyed a 7-6 season last year under head coach Joey McGuire, but ESPN’s Greg McElroy had great hopes for the team and the Red Raiders fell short of his standards.

For the first time since 2008–10, the Red Raiders had a winning season for the third time in a row going into the upcoming campaign. Additionally, Texas Tech has triumphed in three straight bowl games, defeating California 34-14 in a convincing victory last season.

McElroy thinks the Red Raiders may be ready to contend for the Big 12 title the next season if several important players return for the 2024 campaign, following Texas and Oklahoma’s departure for the SEC.

“Last year, we had a lot of expectations for the Texas Tech Red Raiders,” McElroy stated. And, regrettably, Texas Tech rather disappointed us. However, there is a lot of enthusiasm this year as well. Although they still have certain expectations, they are far lower than they were a year ago.

“This squad is the subject of some optimism. Alright, so the good news is that Behren Morton is starting at quarterback. Take a look at Tyler Shough and Behren Morton’s quarterback chemistry from the previous season. Now that Shough has moved to Louisville, Morton will be the one to take over. Thus, that will be advantageous. Regarding his being in charge at that point, I have optimism.

McGuire’s ability to recruit Texas was commended by McElroy, who cited the state-wide ties he had with several prestigious high school programs. He also mentioned that McGuire signed five-star wide receiver Micah Hudson, a freshman who might make an immediate impact and start for the Red Raiders in 2024.

“They also have a top wide receiver, Micah Hudson, who’s a consensus All-American high school player; that’s significant,” McElroy continued. “Should be one of the best wide receivers on their roster day one.

“You also consider Joey McGuire’s capacity for hiring… Recall that Joey McGuire has extensive experience coaching high schools in the state of Texas. He is therefore as immersed in the world of high school recruitment as he possibly be. However, he has also performed well in the portal industry. Additionally, we already know that they are a football club with the ability to run the ball. I’m thus rather hopeful about Texas Tech this next season; they’re kind of going unnoticed.”

At Jones AT&T Stadium on August 31, Texas Tech takes on Abilene Christian in the 2024 season opener. ESPN+ will air the kickoff at 6:30 p.m. CT.

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