West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview
Where: Jones AT&T Stadium – Lubbock, TX
When: Saturday, October 15, 12:00 NN ET
TV Broadcast: FS1
Writer’s Pick: Texas Tech (+1)
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Betting on the West Virginia Mountaineers (-1)
How ’bout these Mountaineers, huh? They are one of the only two remaining undefeated teams in the Big 12. The only people who thought they’d be in a position they’re in now are liars.
Don’t get too excited, West Virginia fans. They beat four lowly teams and none were on the road. This upcoming game will definitely be their hardest this season. It’s also guaranteed to be in a rowdy environment in Lubbock.
In WVU’s quest to stay perfect, the offense will be relying on Skyler Howard (318 YPG, 7-4 TD-INT) to deliver and distribute the ball to Shelton Gibson and Daikiel Shorts. The duo is providing the team a combined 194 yards per game on 18 yards per catch.
For the run game, they’ll have freshman Justin Crawford. The RB is leading the Mountaineers’ ground attack that rushes for 187 yards per contest. Howard and his guys will have to be ready for a shootout against Texas Tech’s potent offense.
As for the defense, they have done a great job so far this season. They have more interceptions than touchdowns surrendered, and have held opposing QBs to a 47-percent completion rate.
West Virginia is 2-3 SU (1-4 ATS) in its last five games on the road.
Betting on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (+1)
The Texas Tech Red Raiders will enter the game avoiding a first home defeat and a second straight loss. They now stand at 3-2, seventh in the Big 12 conference.
Offensively, there’s no denying that they are a far superior team. The Red Raiders’ 55 points per game is second in the nation. This team simply has the personnel and the system to pile up points week in, week out. Their 649 total yards an outing (544 passing, 105 rushing) are making defenses look foolish.
The architect of the offense, QB Patrick Mahomes, is producing big numbers – 455 YPG, 20-4 TD-INT, with a 73-percent completion rate. The junior has been connecting really well with his receivers, especially Jonathan Giles, who has 35 receptions, 614 yards (17 yards per catch), and seven touchdowns this season.
Moving over to the team’s defensive unit, we’re not sure we can sing the same praises. The Texas Tech D has been lethargic all season long, allowing 39 points and 445 total yards per game. Opposing offenses have hung 44 or more points on them in three of the five games this year.
Texas Tech is 4-1 SU and ATS in its last five games at home.
Texas Tech (+1) wins and ends West Virginia’s great start, 42-35.
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