The Texas Tech Red Raiders and West Virginia Mountaineers do battle in a week 8 Big 12 college football game from Jones AT&T Stadium.
The West Virginia Mountaineers will look to build on a 43-40 win over Baylor to improve to 3-3 on the year as a result. JT Daniels has thrown for 1,492 yards, 9 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 63.8% passing while Tony Mathis Jr. has a team-high 459 rushing yards with 5 touchdowns and CJ Donaldson has a team-high 6 touchdowns along with 389 rushing yards. Bryce Ford-Wheaton has a team-high 40 grabs for 463 yards and 4 touchdowns while Kaden Prather and Sam James each have 350+ receiving yards as well this season. On defense, Lee Kpogba has a team-high 38 total tackles while Dante Stills has 2.5 sacks and West Virginia’s defense has a combined 13 sacks as well this year.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders will look to rebound from back-to-back road losses, falling to 3-3 with a 41-31 loss to Oklahoma State last time out. Donovan Smith has thrown for 1,475 yards, 11 touchdowns and 7 INTs on 66.5% passing while Behren Morton has thrown for 561 yards, 3 scores and 3 interceptions on 63.3% passing. SaRodorick Thompson leads Texas Tech’s ground attack with 310 rushing yards while Tahj Brooks has 215 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns this season. Jerand Bradley leads the Red Raiders with 24 grabs for 317 yards while Myles Price has 309 receiving yards and four more Red Raider receivers have at least 200 receiving yards this season. On defense, Krishon Merriweather has a team-high 51 total tackles while Tyree Wilson has a team-high 5.5 sacks and Reggie Pearson Jr. has a pair of INTs as well this season.
West Virginia is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 9-3 in their last 12 games following an ATS win. Texas Tech is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS win while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.
I get the case to be made across the board here, but I’m firmly entrenched on the over here. This historically has been a tight series and this total is the biggest it’s been in a while, but these are two solid offenses and two brutal defenses that give up a ton of explosive plays and a ton of points to the other side. All in all, I think we have a 41-34 kind of game here whichever way you have it going, so I’m siding with the over in this one.