June 22, 2006

Tech plans on extending bowl streak

Texas Tech was the only team to record a winning record in each of the first 10 years of the Big 12 Conference. But it'll likely take 10 wins, including one against either Texas or Oklahoma, for its 11th year in the league to be BCS-type special. Mike Leach turns to an underclassman at quarterback in what promises to be an entertaining fall. Next up: TEXAS TECH.

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9-3, 6-2 in the Big 12 in 2005
For the first time in three years, Texas Tech will have a starting quarterback who isn't a fifth-year senior. The duties are expected to fall on sophomore Graham Harrell, who was impressive in the spring, with freshman Chris Todd not far behind.

"We tried to put them in the best position to improve," Leach said. "They both played pretty well. Graham operates pretty quickly back there and has a really good grasp of anything. Chris can really do some things. Some of his throws are just really impressive."

The key to Texas Tech's success will ultimately come against stiff competition on the road. It is 1-6 against Texas since 1999 and visits Texas A&M, Colorado, Iowa State and Oklahoma - teams that figure to finish in the upper half of the league.

Leach is an offensive mastermind, but he's 8-14 against that collective group in his tenure.

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