College football betting handicappers are concerned that Texas Tech will not be able to maintain the level of success that those who bet on college football have come to expect from them.
Texas Tech fired head coach Mike Leach after the most successful 10-year period in school history and replaced him with Tommy Tuberville, who had a highly successful run at Auburn that ended with his firing after the 2008 season when it became obvious that the program was falling far behind arch rival Alabama.
Tuberville has been a Southeastern Conference man where he previously was the head coach at Ole Miss and there is concern that this could be an odd fit in many ways. Not only does Tuberville lack Big 12 experience and connections but he is also a defensive oriented coach for a program used to a high flying scoring machine offense.
Tuberville has promised to keep Leach’s high octane passing attack while working to improve the defense to make the program better.
“For us to win a championship, they have to be accountable,” said Tuberville about the defense.
“The one thing I noticed about our defense is they didn’t have a lot of confidence. I think they played pretty well last year. We’re going to have a team. We’re not going to worry about throwing for 500 yards. We’re there to win championships. That’s the reason I was brought in.”
Senior Tyler Potts remains the quarterback after leading the Red Raiders to a NCAA betting record of 9-4 and a bowl win over Michigan State.
SMU is coming off their first bowl season since 1984 as they went 8-5 straight up and beat the college football odds 7 times. Head coach June Jones just signed an extension as feelings are great about the future of this program as a Conference USA contender.
Sophomore quarterback Kyle Padron is one of 8 starters back on offense after setting a school record 460 yards in the bowl win over Nevada. The offense will be a college football betting asset and should improve on its 29 points per game in 2009.
“I’m very excited about the direction of the program and the university,” said Jones.
SMU athletic director Steve Orsini added that “Coach Jones has brought a winning culture to our football program.”