The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas Tech Red Raiders are set to square off in a Big 12 battle at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Mountaineers are 2-2 overall and 2-0 at home, while Texas Tech is 3-1 overall and 0-1 on the road. The two programs have played nine times since West Virginia joined the Big 12 in 2012 with the Mountaineers holding the 5-4 edge.
The Red Raiders have won and covered in each of their last two matchups the last two seasons. However, the Mountaineers are favored by seven-points in the latest West Virginia vs. Texas Tech odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 55.5. Before entering any Texas Tech vs. West Virginia picks, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- West Virginia vs. Texas Tech spread: West Virginia -7
- West Virginia vs. Texas Tech over-under: 55.5 points
What you need to know about West Virginia
It was a hard-fought game, but West Virginia had to settle for a 16-13 loss against Oklahoma last week. QB Jarret Doege struggled, throwing one interception with only 160 yards passing. However, the West Virginia defense provided some reason for encouragement in the loss.
Since allowing 496 yards of offense in a season-opening loss to Maryland, West Virginia's defense has allowed 244.7 yards per game and held what is supposed to be a high-powered Oklahoma offense to 313 yards of total offense. Taijh Alston had two sacks and Josh Chandler-Semedo made 12 total tackles in the loss.
What you need to know about Texas Tech
Meanwhile, the day started off rough for Texas Tech last Saturday, and it ended that way, too. The Red Raiders were dealt a punishing 70-35 defeat at the hands of the Texas Longhorns. The Red Raiders were in a tough position by the half, with the score already sitting at 42-14.
A silver lining for the Red Raiders was the play of quarterback Henry Colombi, who passed for three TDs and 324 yards on 23 attempts. Colombi's 75-yard touchdown toss to WR Kaylon Geiger Sr. in the third quarter made for one of the most memorable moments of the day. With Tyler Shough expected to be out until November, the Red Raiders will need Colombi to keep the offense moving in the up-tempo Big 12.
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