Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
The Texas Tech Red Raiders host the West Virginia Mountaineers in a big game in the Big 12 on Saturday. The Mountaineers are -5.5 point favorites over the Red Raiders with an over/under point total set at 75.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the year as they fell to Oklahoma but the Red Raiders are still exceeding all expectations overall. QB Seth Doege has completed 69.4 percent of his passes for 15 touchdowns and with six interceptions. Texas Tech has a stable of running backs with Kenny Williams averaging 6.2 yards per carry with two touchdowns, Eric Stephens averaging 5.8 yards per carry with three touchdowns, and SaDale Foster averaging 4.6 yards per carry with a touchdown. Eric Ward and Darrin Moore each have 20 catches and four touchdowns and Jace Amaro has 18 catches and three touchdowns. Defensively Texas Tech had the top rated defense in the country going into the Oklahoma game but they didn’t hold up but overall they allow 16.8 points per game, 92.6 rushing yards, and 117.4 passing yards five interceptions and nine sacks. Cody Davis has 32 tackles and two interceptions, D.J. Johnson has 28 tackles and a sack, and Will Smith has 22 tackles. The Red Raider defense will be put to a stiff test once again this week.
The West Virginia Mountaineers are ranked in the top five and are in first place in the Big 12 conference but they know there is still plenty of football left to play. QB Geno Smith is near the top of every Heisman list completing 81.4 percent of his passes for 24 touchdowns without an interception. Andrew Buie leads the WVU running game averaging 5.2 yards per carry with five touchdowns. The West Virginia receivers have been on fire as Tavon Austin has 58 catches and eight touchdowns, Stedman Bailey has 49 catches and 13 touchdowns, and J.D. Woods has 29 catches and two touchdowns. Defensively West Virginia needs some work as they allow 35 points per game, 124 rushing yards per game, and 339 passing yards per game with four interceptions and four sacks. Isaiah Bruce has 53 tackles, Terence Garvin has 38 tackles and four sacks, and Doug Rigg has 35 tackles. West Virginia appears to be in a shootout every week but thus far they have been able to out shoot their opponents.
Texas Tech is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 11-3-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread, and 0-7 against the spread in their last seven home games against a team with a winning road record. West Virginia is 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games, 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games against a team with a winning home record, and 1-4 against the spread following a game which they covered the spread.
Expect more fireworks and once again for this one to sail over the total as the Texas Tech offense is loaded and West Virginia can score from anywhere.