West Virginia vs. Texas Tech Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the West Virginia vs. Texas Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
West Virginia (3-2) vs. Texas Tech (4-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV
All of a sudden, the Big 12 race appears to be wide open.
Now, the goal is to be in the final two, get to the Big 12 Championship, and take your chances. With Oklahoma losing, it doesn’t appear to be as obvious that one of those spots is a lock.
TCU and Texas are both 2-0, and West Virginia is coming off a loss to TCU and Texas Tech has dropped a shootout to Oklahoma State, but both teams were more than just competitive – they looked the part, even in losses.
The Red Raiders had their scrimmage against Kansas, and now they need just two more wins to go bowling and take that next big step forward under Kliff Kingsbury.
The defense is starting to finally look solid, the offense is good as always, and the team is playing like fans of Captain Handsome were hoping for when he was first hired on.
West Virginia just so happened to lose to Virginia Tech and TCU – both 31-24 – but there’s nothing to get upset about. This is a good, talented Mountaineer team, but it needs a win over a decent-to-strong team like Texas Tech.
One Reason Why West Virginia Will Win
The Mountaineer passing game has the flash and the ability to keep up the pace with anything the Red Raiders will do.
Will Grier has been terrific so far, throwing for 334 yards or more in every game with 17 touchdown passes and spreading out just four picks. His receivers are making things happen with the ball in their hands, but the biggest key is simply being consistent.
Granted, the two losses were against the good teams, and the three wins were against the duds, but Grier completed fewer than 60% of his passes in the losses, and was over in the two wins.
Kansas is the only team that couldn’t hit the 60% mark against the Red Raider secondary. Texas Tech isn’t getting gouged, but it’ll give up lots and lots of midrange throws. Grier can do that.
One Reason Why Texas Tech Will Win
The 2016 Texas Tech Red Raider defense came up with 13 takeaways last year, getting three in the opener against Stephen F. Austin, four in the finale against Baylor, and six in the ten games in between.
So far, in five games, the Red Raiders have come up with 14 takeaways with five against Houston and four against Kansas. The D might not be a rock, but it makes up for it with big plays – Texas Tech has yet to lose the turnover battle.
But of course, it’s all about the offense that keeps on cranking up the big yards.
The passing game is a sure thing to hit 300 yards when it wants to, or it can get the ground attack working like it did against Kansas – and hit 22-of-27 passes for good measure.
Yeah, it’s a big deal considering the last few seasons – the Red Raiders are playing well.
What’s Going To Happen
This has never quite been the wild shootout you’d think it might be, and it probably won’t be insane this year, either.
Both defenses are okay, both passing games are amazing, and both teams are good enough to make this a fun back-and-forth fight that could be an elimination game in the Big 12 title chase.
At home – and with a little bit of desperation – West Virginia will be just a wee bit better.
Grier and the Mountaineer offense won’t screw up enough for the Red Raiders, but it’ll take a whole lot of work to put this away in a terrific back-and-forth battle.
West Virginia vs. Texas Tech Prediction
West Virginia 37, Texas Tech 31
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