October went exactly as many thought it would for West Virginia. The Mountaineers went 0-4 against arguably the best four teams in the conference. West Virginia fell to 3-5 heading into November following a tough loss against undefeated Baylor.
Next up, they start a month in which WVU can only afford to drop one game if they want to be bowl eligible. The Texas Tech Red Raiders come to Morgantown with a 3-5 record, coming off a heartbreaking loss against the Kansas Jayhawks. They will certainly play like they have something to prove.
This series has been all Mountaineers recently as WVU has won the last five games and owns a .750 win percentage all time. The Mountaineers will look to continue that streak on Saturday and here’s what you need to know.
New Coach, Same Dominant Offense: Texas Tech is now under Matt Wells’ control after Kliff Kingsbury left Lubbock for the NFL. However, the typically-dangerous offense has remained in Lubbock. Texas Tech ranks 16th nationally in passing yards per game and 18th in total yards per game. The Red Raiders have scored more than 24 points in each of the last four games. With Alan Bowman out Jett Duffey has done a nice job replacing the quarterback and the offense is still dangerous.
Is Jarett Doege The Answer?: Austin Kendall deserves a lot more respect. He’s been thrown into a terrible situation. His inexperienced receivers have dropped a ton of passes and his shaky offensive line have led to a ton of hits. The fact Kendall is still standing is impressive. With that said, the Mountaineer offense can’t score points. Jarett Doege, the Bowling Green transfer is now eligible to play the rest of the season without burning his redshirt. He was very good and even ranked nationally in some stats when he started at Bowling Green. Kendall doesn’t deserve to lose his spot, but the change can definitely benefit the Mountaineer offense.
Can West Virginia Repeat It’s Defensive Performance?: West Virginia looked great last week on the defensive side of the ball. This young group showed a-lot of heart and talent. Baylor was held to 17 points and was struggling all night. The offense just couldn’t get it done to win the game. This week WVU faces a much worse defense, the offense should get a fair share of points, the defense needs to bring their A game or the losing streak will most likely continue.
What Will Tomorrows Headline Be? “Texas Tech uses late field goal to steal game from West Virginia in heartbreaking fashion”.
Cover Photo Credit: Jef Ruff, BGS