Week 10 of college football features a number of exciting matchups. However, none may have more offensive excitement, as the game between the visiting Texas Tech Red Raiders and the West Virginia Mountaineers. The current line has West Virginia favored by 8.5 points with the over/under point total sitting on 79.5.
Texas Tech entering this matchup has an overall record of 5-4 straight up and 4-4 against the spread. The Red Raiders at home are 2-1 SU and 1-2 ATS. West Virginia entering this game has an overall record of 3-4 SU and 2-5 ATS, At home, the Mountaineers are 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS.
Both teams have four losses in the Big 12 conference against teams that combined are 30-1 – Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma – with West Virginia losing to the four over its past four games. The Mountaineers will have to have their defense on high alert when the Red Raiders visit Saturday.
Texas Tech has the fourth highest scoring offense in the nation with an average of over 47 points per game, but is only third best in the conference behind Baylor and TCU. The Red Raiders are No. 3 in the nation in total offense and No. 2 in passing offense.
Patrick Mahomes the sophomore quarterback for Texas Tech is the offensive leader with 25 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions.
The West Virginia defense seems to be stronger as they have given up 72 fewer points to common opponents than Texas Tech. However, a better way West Virginia could keep the score lower would be using its ground attack on offense.
The Mountaineers average over 208 yards per game rushing and Texas Tech has the fourth worst defense against the rush amongst 127 teams in the FBS.
Mahomes has scored eight touchdowns on the ground, which are two behind Rodney Allison’s school record of 10 scored in 1976 as a quarterback for the Red Raiders.
This overall series is 2-2 with the Red Raiders 2-1 since 2012 when the Mountaineers became a part of the Big 12. West Virginia however won the most recent battle 37-34 last season.
This game could have a final score in the 40s for each team or even higher. The higher the score the better off Texas Tech will be as it will mean the ground game for West Virginia is not eating valuable time off the clock.
Lean: Texas Tech +8.5