The Texas Tech Red Raiders will be returning home after a two-game road trip. Their bye week comes to an end as they meet up with the West Virginia Mountaineers at 5:30 p.m. ET at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday. Texas Tech staggers in eager to bring about an end to their three-game losing streak.
The contest between the Red Raiders and the Iowa State Cyclones two weeks ago was not a total blowout, but with Texas Tech falling 31-15 on the road, it was darn close to turning into one. Texas Tech was down 28-7 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. No one had a standout game offensively for Texas Tech, but WR Erik Ezukanma led the way with one touchdown.
Meanwhile, West Virginia ran circles around the Kansas Jayhawks last week, and the extra yardage (544 yards vs. 157 yards) paid off. Everything went the Mountaineers’ way against Kansas as they made off with a 38-17 win. RB Leddie Brown was a one-man wrecking crew for West Virginia, rushing for one TD and 195 yards on 18 carries in addition to snatching one receiving TD. One of the most memorable plays of the game was Brown’s 87-yard touchdown rush in the third quarter.
West Virginia’s defense was a presence as well, as it got past Kansas’ offensive line to sack QB Miles Kendrick five times. The heavy lifting was done by DL Jeffery Pooler Jr. and DL Akheem Mesidor, who each racked up two sacks.
Texas Tech is expected to lose this next one by 3.5. They have failed bettors playing the spread in their past two games, so buyers beware.
The Red Raiders are now 1-3 while the Mountaineers sit at 2-1. Two stats to keep an eye on: Texas Tech ranks ninth in the nation when it comes to yards per game, with 512 on average. But West Virginia enters the matchup with only 268 yards allowed per game on average, good for seventh best in the nation. We’ll see which of these strengths — offense or defense — will win out.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Jones AT&T Stadium — Lubbock, Texas
- TV: ESPN2
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Mountaineers are a 3.5-point favorite against the Red Raiders, according to the latest college football odds.
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West Virginia have won four out of their last five games against Texas Tech.
- Nov 09, 2019 – Texas Tech 38 vs. West Virginia 17
- Sep 29, 2018 – West Virginia 42 vs. Texas Tech 34
- Oct 14, 2017 – West Virginia 46 vs. Texas Tech 35
- Oct 15, 2016 – West Virginia 48 vs. Texas Tech 17
- Nov 07, 2015 – West Virginia 31 vs. Texas Tech 26