Big 12 Matchups Looking Behind, Looking Ahead: Texas Tech
Blue Gold Sports will be bringing you the opportunity to relive last season’s conference match-ups as a way to prepare for the September games we all wish would get here sooner.
We bounce back a week from the Baylor game to a home game versus the Texas Tech Red Raiders. West Virginia overcame Texas Tech in a 48-17 victory while in Lubbock, Texas. Now, the Red Raiders will travel to Morgantown and attempt to avenge the loss.
The Mountaineers currently lead the series between the teams, going 3-2 since joining the Big 12. Skyler Howard threw for one touchdown and ran for two more in the home field victory. West Virginia’s offense really showed off their capabilities as the team had 650 total yards, compared to Texas Tech’s 390 yards. The loss for the Red Raiders was another L in the team’s 5-7 2016 season.
This year, head coach Kliff Kingsbury will hope to move forward from a less than stellar season and improve from a seaosn where the team ranked last in the FBS in defense in total yards allowed per game, averaging 554.3. The Red Raiders also finished last in points allowed per game, allowing 43.5 points per game. Needless to say, the Red Raiders have a lot to improve upon in comparison to last season.
The Red Raiders are under the helm of Coach Klingsbury, one of the youngest head coaches in college football today. Being young and still being in his first head coaching position means the head coach is wearing the weight of the Red Raiders program essentially on his shoulders.
Texas Tech is currently picked to finish sixth in Big 12 play per conference media days. The Red Raiders play Eastern Washington, Arizona State and Big 12 one time hopefuls Houston in their non-conference play. In the eyes of the Red Raiders, hopefully there is enough preseason improvement for the team to have several if not all three of their non-conference games victories going into the long road of Big 12 play.
Mountaineer fans, what do you think? Can the Mountaineers outlast the Red Raiders much like last season?