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How and what to watch for West Virginia vs. Texas Tech

Texas Tech looks to get back on track against a WVU squad that is rolling.

Wide receiver Myles Price of the Texas Tech Red Raiders rushes for yards in the first half of the play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 10, 2020 in Ames, Iowa. Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images

The West Virginia Mountaineers head down to Lubbock to face Texas Tech this weekend in search for their third straight Big 12 win.

West Virginia’s offense has been humming along, putting up absurd amounts of yards against all of their opponents except for Oklahoma State in Week 2. Quarterback Jarrett Doege is completing almost 65% of his passes, and already has over 1,000 yards in just four games. He only failed to eclipse 250 passing yards against Baylor, and has topped out at 318. He’ll probably add to his total of eight passing touchdowns on the year this week, because the Red Raiders secondary has struggled. Through four games they’ve allowed 13 scores through the air and given up an average of 335 passing yards per contest. They’re not a whole lot better on the ground, conceding at least 198 yards and two scores to every FBS opponent this season.

Texas Tech’s offense gains a heck of a lot of yards, but they have trouble scoring. In the team’s third game they racked up 471 total, but scored just 21 points. They didn’t turn the ball over at all last time out against Iowa State, but before that they gave their opponents back the ball five times, all of them interceptions. The Mountaineers are pretty stingy against the pass, only allowing over 150 yards through the air once. So look for the Red Raiders to rely heavily on RBs SaRodorick Thompson and Xavier White.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch West Virginia vs. Texas Tech Saturday, October 24th at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, and you can stream it via the ESPN app or with a cable or streaming login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: West Virginia (-2.5) vs Texas Tech
Point Total: 54
Money line: WVU (-148), TTech (+114)

  • The total has gone under in seven of WVU’s last nine
  • WVU is 4-1 straight up in their last five
  • TTech is 1-5 ATS in their last six
  • The total has gone under in four of TTech’s last six.

The Best Bet

The over/under is sitting surprisingly low for a game between two teams that have both given up nearly 2,000 yards through four games. Tech has had issues scoring, but WVU hasn’t. Plus this is probably the worst defense the Mountaineers will have faced outside of Kansas.

Pick: Over 54.5

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