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Texas Tech Football Underrated?




June 24, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - Overachieving? Underrated? No Respect? Those seem to be the buzzwords that surround Texas Tech football since Spike Dykes took over the program in 1987.

One of the few ways to measure the success of the Texas Tech football program is to compare the preseason media polls to the actual conference finishes. Since 1987, the Red Raiders have equaled or surpassed their expected finish every year. In addition, Texas Tech has finished no lower than second-place in its conference or division for the last seven seasons!

This season Texas Football Magazine has selected Texas Tech to finish in fourth-place in the Big 12 Conference's South Division. Considered by many to be the bible of the sport in the state of Texas, Texas Football has selected the Red Raiders to finish no higher than third only twice in the last 12 seasons. During that 12-year period, Texas Tech finished no lower than third only twice.

The 1998 media poll will be released by the Big 12 Conference office in late July and the conference race will end with the Big 12 Championship game in early December.

        Media   Texas       Actual
Season  Poll    Football    Finish      Conf.
1987    5th     5th         4th         SWC
1988    3rd     4th         3rd         SWC
1989    5th     5th         3rd         SWC
1990    5th     5th         4th tie     SWC
1991    5th     5th         2nd tie     SWC
1992    2nd     2nd         2nd tie     SWC
1993    4th     2nd         2nd tie     SWC
1994    4th     5th         1st tie     SWC
1995    4th     4th         2nd tie     SWC
1996    3rd     3rd         2nd         Big 12 South
1997    3rd     5th         2nd tie     Big 12 South
1998    ???     4th         ??          Big 12 South



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