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West Virginia Mountaineers at Texas Tech Red Raiders - 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 -1 -- Over/Under: 83 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

On Saturday, October 15 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, we’ve got a nice Week 7 college football matchup between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. 

West Virginia comes into this game sitting a 4-0 on the season, fresh off a bye week after their latest victory, a 17-16 nail-biter win over Kansas State. In that one, the Mountaineers had to come back from 13 points down in the fourth quarter, sealing the win on a Skyler Howard TD pass. Howard would finish with a 24-of-41 line for 298 yards, the TD and an interception while RB Justin Crawford led West Virginia on the ground with 18 carries for 104 yards and a TD of his own. Shelton Gibson had the high mark in receiving in that game for the Mountaineers with three receptions for 104 yards. 

West Virginia Mountaineers at Texas Tech Red Raiders - 10/15/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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So far this season, Howard has managed a 98-for-149 mark for West Virginia, logging 1272 yards and a 7:4 TD:INT ratio. Crawford is the Mountaineers’ rushing leader on 60 carries for 331 yards and two TDs, while Gibson is tops for the receivers with 19 catches for 458 yards and two scores. 

Over on the Texas Tech side, they’re entering this weekend’s game with a 3-2 record following a 44-38 loss to Kansas State in their last outing. During that game, the Red Raiders had a 31-31 tie going into the fourth quarter, but were outscored 13-7 in that final period. Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes II went 45-of-62 for 504 yards and two TDs, while most of his passing went to Keke Coutee with five catches for 130 yards and a TD. On the ground, Demarcus Felton carried 14 times for the Red Raiders, resulting in 66 yards. 

On the year so far for Texas Tech, Mahomes has a 166-of-228 line for 2274 yards and a whopping 20 touchdowns. Jonathan Giles leads the Red Raiders in receiving with 35 catches for 614 yards and seven TDs, while Felton is the rush leader on 47 carries for 270 yards and three scores. 

West Virginia is 3-7 in their last 10 conference games, and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. West Virginia is also 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games, and 2-12 ATS in their last 14 games in October. 

Meanwhile, Texas Tech is 5-0 ATS in their last five conference games, and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games. Texas Tech is also 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall, and 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games on field turf. 

This is an interesting matchup and should end up being pretty close. That said, I’m really impressed with the Texas Tech offensive capabilities this year. The Red Raiders have tallied at least 55 points in four of their five games, and 38 in the other one. West Virginia can get the scores up there as well, but have only managed more than 26 points in two of their four games. If Texas Tech can keep their squad humming on offense—and not let things get out of hand on the other side—I can easily see the Red Raiders taking this game.

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