The Mountaineers are on their second of five games in row this Saturday, hopefully successfully dodging tortillas and coming home with a win after playing the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock. Here’s what the staff thinks for this week’s game:
Ashley O’Brien: The Mountaineers have had a fire lit under them after the slow start against Kansas last week in the Morgantown. The defense continues to prove themselves to be the best of the best, and will prove to be too much for Texas Tech’s offense. A win in Lubbock for the Mountaineers will hopefully show that West Virginia has improved from last season and able to keep winning on this long stretch. Ultimately, West Virginia’s defense shows up shows up loud.
West Virginia 31, Texas Tech 21
Shanna Rose: WVU’s defense is one of the best in the nation and should be able to control the Red Raiders. The offense has struggled at times this year but looked better late in the game last week.
West Virginia 27, Texas Tech 7
Ethan Bock: The Mountaineers should have zero problems this game unless they beat themselves again. Texas Tech is currently on a three-game losing streak last beating Houston Baptist 35-33. The Red Raiders do put a lot of points on the board, but like Iowa State, West Virginia should be able to contain it. What looks exciting about playing the Red Raiders is that they allow 163.5 rushing yards per game. Expect Leddie Brown and Alec Sinkfield to enjoy this game. If Jarret Doege doesn’t force anything, WVU should take this game easily.
West Virginia 31, Texas Tech 17
Matthew Thornsbury: I think the Mountaineers win over Kansas was a test of grit. A test that showed them they definitely aren’t where they need to be. I expect them to come out hot this week against 1-3 Texas Tech. If Doege can get his timing dialed in to complement the outstanding play of Leddie Brown, then this team will be hard to stop. I think the Mountaineers will look really good this week.
West Virginia 38, Texas Tech 21
Tom Berdel: WVU is facing yet another Big 12 rival. The infamous Texas Tech with their occasional struggles has a record of 1-3 this year. WVU on the other hand has a record of 3-1. Three of those games were won at home, whereas the one loss was to Oklahoma State at their stadium. However I’m expecting the two win streak to aid WVU in their conquest of the Big 12. Especially after the defense was ranked #1 in the nation. I’m expecting not an easy game for WVU, but not a decently hard game either.
West Virginia 35, Texas Tech 13