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Texas Tech football: AP Poll snub a reminder that Tech has to earn respect

Texas Tech's head coach Joey McGuire speaks to the team after Spring Game, Saturday, April 22, 2023, at Lowrey Field at PlainsCapital Park.

Monday, the first Associated Press Top 25 was released for 2023 and the Texas Tech football team was nowhere to be found. While the Red Raiders were in the “others receiving votes” category, their omission from the media’s ranking is a stark reminder that this will almost always be a program that has to earn every bit of respect it receives.

If you don’t think that the Red Raiders deserved to be ranked in the AP poll, ask yourself, how many programs coming off of an 8-win season that ended with a four-game winning streak and a thorough bowl game beating of an S.