Texas Tech vs. West Virginia - 10/15/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West Virginia Mountaineers (4-0) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Jones AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The West Virginia Mountaineers and Texas Tech Red Raiders meet Saturday in a Big 12 college football matchup at Jones AT&T Stadium on FS1.
The West Virginia Mountaineers look to remain undefeated when they take the road for the first time this season. The West Virginia Mountaineers have not started 5-0 since the 2012 college football season. Skyler Howard is completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 1,272 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Howard has thrown at least one interception in five straight games. Shelton Gibson and Daikiel Shorts Jr. have combined for 776 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Ka'Raun White has 16 receptions. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game is averaging 187.2 yards per contest, and Justin Crawford leads the way with 331 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, West Virginia is allowing 20 points and 418.5 yards per game. Jarrod Harper leads the West Virginia Mountaineers with 26 tackles, Justin Arndt has two sacks and Rasul Douglas has two interceptions.
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The Texas Tech Red Raiders hope to remain unbeaten at home and avoid back-to-back losses for the first time this season. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have not beat a ranked team since their 2013 win over Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl. Patrick Mahomes II is completing 72.8 percent of his passes for 2,274 yards, 20 touchdowns and four interceptions. Mahomes has two or more touchdown passes in six straight games. Jonathan Giles and Cameron Batson have combined for 955 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Dylan Cantrell has 26 receptions. The Texas Tech Red Raiders ground game is averaging 105.8 yards per contest, and Demarcus Felton leads the way with 270 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Texas Tech is allowing 38.6 points and 445 yards per game. Jordyn Brooks leads the Texas Tech Red Raiders with 29 tackles, Kris Williams has four sacks and Keenon Ward has one interception.
The Mountaineers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mountaineers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
The last three times Texas Tech and West Virginia played, the game was decided by 10 or less points, so expect another tight game between two offensive minded teams. The problem is West Virginia has failed to cover in four games against Texas Tech and is now taking the road for the first time this season. Remember, four of the West Virginia Mountaineers five losses last season came in true road games. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have the offense to match whatever WVU does on the offensive side of the ball.
Give me the home team and the small line.