Red Raiders taking Top 25 ranking in stride - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Red Raiders taking Top 25 ranking in stride


It took Texas Tech just three games to convince the Associated Press to hand out a Top 25 ranking to the Red Raiders, coming in at 25th in this week's AP Poll.

Not bad, considering very little was expected of this year's team before the season started. The same AP panel didn't notch a single vote for Tech in the preseason poll and the Red Raiders were tabbed the seventh best team in a down year for the Big 12.

Now, a quarter of the way through the season, Texas Tech has gone a long way toward changing this perception after taking down preseason Big 12 favorite, TCU, 20-10 last Thursday.

Suddenly, fans and national media are looking at a soft upcoming schedule that should allow Texas Tech to race to a 7-0 start and potentially become a Top Ten team for their Oct. 26 matchup in Norman with Oklahoma.

The Red Raiders aren't taking the bait.

"I don't even pay attention to it," Kliff Kingsbury said in his Monday news conference. "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."

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

The Top 25 ranking might be easy to brush off, but being Siri's favorite college football team for a week? Now, that's pretty cool.

"I asked Siri on my iPhone who her favorite team was yesterday and she said Texas Tech," junior wide receiver Bradley Marquez said. "So that was pretty fun."

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