Game Time: 3:30 pm ET, Saturday, October 2, 2021
Venue: Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV
Where to Watch: ESPNU
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Texas Tech +8, WVU -8; Over/Under: 56 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Texas Tech +7, WVU -7; Over/Under: 56 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Texas Tech +7, WVU -7; Over/Under: 55.5 points
Texas Tech Red Raiders: 3-1 (6th place, Big 12)
West Virginia Mountaineers: 2-2 (9th place, Big 12)
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Texas Tech Red Raiders vs West Virginia Mountaineers Preview and Analysis
Texas Tech Red Raiders: lost on the road on Sep. 25 against the Texas Longhorns 70-35.
West Virginia Mountaineers: lost on the road on Sep. 25 against the Oklahoma Sooners 16-13.
Texas Tech Red Raiders Analysis
Texas Tech is coming into this game with a 3-1 record overall and they are 0-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 2nd conference matchup of the year but they are already 0-1 in their conference games this season. They started their season off strong with 3 straight wins against the Houston Cougars, the SFA Lumberjacks, and the FIU Panthers but it was their last game that they were delivered their first loss of the season by Texas. Tyler Shough did not play much in their last game as he completed 9/11 passes for 68 yards and 1 interception. It was Henry Colombi who got most of the snaps and he played well completing 17/23 passes for 324 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. SaRodorick Thompson led the team in rushing with 54 yards on 16 carries but their ground game was not very strong in that one. The receiving corps had a nice day as Kaylon Geiger led the team in receiving with 100 yards and 1 TD on 5 receptions. Loic Fouonji also had a good game with 81 yards receiving and 1 touchdown on 2 receptions while Myles Price was right behind him with 75 yards receiving and 1 touchdown. Eric Monroe led the defense with 4 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones while Adrian Frye was right behind him with 4 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones. Tyree Wilson ended up recording the only sack in the game for his team while Dadrion Taylor had the only interception. They have scored 155 points in their first 4 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 134 points against them. Their offense is averaging 461 YPG while their defense is allowing 377.5 YPG.
West Virginia Mountaineers Analysis
WVU is coming into this game with a 2-2 record overall and they are 2-0 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 2nd conference matchup of the season and they are already 0-1 when playing in conference games this year. Their 2 wins came against the LIU Post Pioneers and the Virginia Tech Hokies while their 2 losses came against the Maryland Terrapins and the Oklahoma Sooners in their last game. Jarret Doege struggled in their last game as he completed 20/29 passes for 160 yards and 1 interception. They did not have much of a running game in that one as Leddie Brown led the team in rushing with 56 yards on 15 carries. Bryce Wheaton led the receivers with 93 yards on 8 receptions while Winston Wright had 7 catches for 65 yards. Josh Chandler led the defense with 4 solo tackles and 8 assisted ones while Sean Mahone was not far behind with 4 solo tackles and 6 assisted ones. Taijh Alston led the defense in sacks with 2 while Exree Loe and Dante Stills both had 1 sack each as well. Jackie Matthews came away with the only interception for his team in that game. They have scored 130 points in their first 4 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 67 points against them. Their offense is averaging 370 YPG while their defense is allowing 307.5 YPG.
Texas Tech vs West Virginia Prediction
WVU is coming off of a game where their offense only put up 13 points against Oklahoma. They have managed to score at least 24 points in each of their games besides that one. Texas Tech has also been scoring a lot this year with at least 28 points scored in all of their games. Texas Tech is coming off of a game where their defense was shredded for 70 points by Texas. If their defense is going to play the same way as they did last week then they are going to give up points here. Both of these teams have some pretty good offenses and will find ways to score as the defenses for both are not that good. The best bet to place in this game is on the over as there will be a lot of scoring here.
Texas Tech West Virginia Prediction: Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, October 2, 2021 (3:30 pm ET start time) is Texas Tech 42 WVU 35.
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NCAAF Betting Trends
Texas Tech Red Raiders: 178-158 ATS in all games. 126-109 ATS against conference opponents. 85-61 ATS after 1 or more consecutive losses against the spread.
West Virginia Mountaineers: 163-169 ATS in all games. 39-49 ATS when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 104-110 ATS as a favorite. 78-83 ATS in home games.
Texas Tech Red Raiders: T. Brooks (RB) Out Sat - Leg injury. M. Waters (DB) out for season - Pectoral injury. T. Shough (QB) Late Nov - Upper Body injury.
West Virginia Mountaineers: None.
Players to Watch
Texas Tech Red Raiders: Henry Colombi is one player to watch in this game. Tyler Shough left their last game injured and he had to take over at the quarterback position. He will likely be the starter for this game so look for him to make an impact on this offense and have a good game now that he has been given his shot at being the starter here.
West Virginia Mountaineers: Leddie Brown is one player to watch here. He leads his team in rushing yards and in touchdowns scored this season. He is coming off of a quiet game where he did not do much and he will be looking to make that up in this game. Look for him to get a lot of big runs here as they use him in the running game more in this one.
"I think the overall mood has changed. You've got some guys that are hurt. You've got some guys that are embarrassed. You've got some guys that are anxious to get back on the practice field and improve and get better. - Matt Wells on the atmosphere in his team’s locker room after their loss to Texas.
"That was a tough, physical football game, and I thought we went toe-to-toe with Oklahoma here in their back yard. If you look at it, we had chances. I think absolutely, we had some chances. The game played out in a good way for us, and we just ran out of time." - Neal Brown on the way his team played in their loss to Oklahoma.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
WR Geiger Sr., Kaylon
WR Ezukanma, Erik
WR Mannix, McLane
TE Koontz, Travis
QB Colombi, Henry
RB Thompson, SaRodorick
West Virginia Mountaineers
WR Ford-Wheaton, Bryce
WR Ryan, Sean
WR James, Sam
WR Wright Jr., Winston
TE O'Laughlin, Mike
QB Doege, Jarret
RB Brown, Leddie
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Passing: T. Shough (872)
Rushing: T. Brooks (284)
Receiving: E. Ezukanma (406)
Touchdowns: T. Brooks (4)
Sacks: J. Hutchings (2)
Tackles: C. Schooler (20)
West Virginia Mountaineers
Passing: J. Doege (889)
Rushing: L. Brown (321)
Receiving: B. Ford-Wheaton (219)
Touchdowns: L. Brown (5)
Sacks: T. Alston (3.5)
Tackles: J. Chandler-Semedo (18)
Texas Tech Red Raiders: Matt Wells (3rd season)
West Virginia Mountaineers: Neal Brown (3rd season)
78 degrees F mostly sunny, 58% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 5 mph wind speeds S.