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Meet the Opponent: Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Mountaineers are on the road this week for their second of five straight games in a row. West Virginia is the only team in the Big 12 that has a five-game stretch during this abbreviated 2020 football season. It goes without saying that the Mountaineers will need to be vigilant in staying healthy to make it to the next bye week (November 21).

The Texas Tech Red Raiders are currently 1-3 for the season, ranked 9th in Big 12, in a season that has just not gone their way. This 1-3 record is one that’s very unfamiliar for a program whose alum is Patrick Mahones, and now the Red Raiders will have to go up against a Mountaineers defense who has improved every week this season.

The Red Raiders are in their second year under head coach Matt Wells and have had their share of struggles on the offense. Starting quarterback Alan Bowman has started the first four games this season and now true freshman Henry Columbi will take over during this week’s matchup. Columbi has seen some game time this season to relieve Bowman, but this will be the freshman’s first start as he lines up against the Stills brothers Saturday.

This is the second road game for the Mountaineers, and they will need to show that they can play at the highest level, and on the road; a task that has not always gone well for the Mountaineers over the past few years. The Mountaineers currently lead the series between the two teams, 5-3 since joining the Big 12.

The Mountaineers and the Red Raiders kick off at 5:30 ET/4:30 CT Saturday in Lubbock.

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