West Virginia Mountaineers (3-1) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-3)
College Football: Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm (Jones AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders +3.5 -- Over/Under: 54 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas Tech Red Raiders meet in Big 12 conference Week 8 college football action from Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday night.
The West Virginia Mountaineers come into this game looking to add to their 3-1 record after a 38-17 win over Kansas last time out. Jarret Doege has thrown for 1,042 yards, 8 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 64.2% passing while Leddie Brown has a team-high 515 rushing yards and 5 scores. Alec Sinkfield has 205 rushing yards and 3 scores while Winston Wright Jr. has a team-high 19 catches for 234 receiving yards and a TD. Bryce Ford-Wheaton has 13 catches for 197 yards and 3 scores while Sam James has 18 catches for 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Defensively, Tony Fields II has a team-high 35 total tackles while Alonzo Addae has 28 total tackles with 16 solo tackles and a pair of interceptions. Josh Chandler-Semedo and Tykee Smith each have 26 total tackles with Smith logging 16 solo tackles and Akheem Masidor has a team-high 4 sacks. Joeffery Pooler Jr. has 3 sacks while Darius Stills and Jared Bartlett each have 2.5 sacks and VanDarius Cowan has a pair of sacks for WVU this season.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders will be looking for their first win in conference after falling to 0-3 with a 31-15 loss to Iowa State last time out. Alan Bowman has thrown for 881 yards, 7 touchdowns and 4 picks, but was replaced at starting QB by Utah State transfer Henry Colombi last time up, with Colombi tossing for 359 yards, 3 touchdowns and a pick. SaRodorick Thompson has a team-high 282 rushing yards and 4 scores for the Red Raiders while Xavier White has 134 rushing yards. Erik Ezukanma has 21 grabs for 295 receiving yards with 3 touchdown catches while KeSean Carter has 21 catches of his own for 215 yards and 4 TDs. T.J. Vasher has 163 receiving yards while Ja’Lynn Polk and Dalton Rigdon has 100+ receiving yards apiece this season. Defensively, Krishon Merriweather leads the Red Raiders with 33 total tackles including 21 solo tackles this season.
West Virginia is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Texas Tech is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 12-3-1 in their last 16 games as an underdog. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I’m worried somebody knows something with Texas Tech as to why the line is this low, and I mean Colombi did look competent under center for the Red Raiders. However, the Red Raiders still haven’t been very good this season even with the QB change, and West Virginia’s been pretty solid for much of the year even if they allowed Kansas to come in the backdoor. I think Texas Tech battles here for much of the game with Colombi under center, but I think the Mountaineers come up with enough stops late to get the win and cover here.