Fearless Picks: WVU – Texas Tech

Fearless Picks: WVU – Texas Tech

There was only minimal movement in the standings last week, as every one of our panelists predicted a close TCU win. Jeff made the biggest move in the standings, missing the final combined score by just nine points, while Matt (13) and Brian (17) also had good showings.


Andy Easton

Last Week: W      Season Record: 5-0      Point Differential: 72

After a 5-7 campaign in 2016, the Red Raiders are playing much better and sitting pretty at 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12.   The Texas Tech offense is firing on all cylinders and will be a major challenge for Tony Gibson and the Mountaineer defense. WVU will put up enough points,  and the improving Blue and Gold defense should be able to slow down Nic Shimonek enough to get the win.

West Virginia 45-42


Chris Richardson

Last Week: W      Season Record: 5-0      Point Differential: 100

It is extremely frustrating as a coach to know that you’ve done your job to prepare, and that the players have fought their hearts out to compete in a tough environment, only to have an official take away the opportunity to win. I’ve unfortunately been on the wrong end of that a few times in my career, and those are tough to swallow. All you can do is regroup and move on to the next game. The thought here is that WVU will take out its frustrations on Texas Tech, which comes to town ranked. The Mountaineers are a few plays away from being undefeated and, in all likelihood, in the top 10. They’re a good football team, and they’ll show it against the Red Raiders

West Virginia 38-28


Jonathan Martin

Last Week: W      Season Record: 4-1      Point Differential: 73

If you like scoring you may want to tune in to the matchup between West Virginia and Texas Tech on Saturday. Both teams can score in bunches. The Mountaineers need this game badly after falling just short a week ago against TCU. Could this come down to which team has the ball last?

West Virginia 48-45


Matt Keller

Last Week: W      Season Record: 4-1      Point Differential: 75

This is as close to the definition of a must-win for the psychological aspects of a team as it gets this early in the season. The Mountaineers are unbeaten against three sub par foes while dropping both of the marquee games on the schedule thus far. It gets another chance to snap a nine-game skid versus Top 25 foes, this coming at home as a favorite versus a team rated just three spots ahead of it in the polls. If WVU doesn’t get this one, its hopes for a bowl could be in jeopardy as well. This is close, but the thought here is Texas Tech’s defense, while improved, has gotten gashed against the two solid offenses it has faced. West Virginia does the same.

West Virginia 40-35


Jeff Cobb

Last Week: W      Season Record: 4-1      Point Differential: 81

This is a super critical game. Win and you’re 4-2 and on your way to an eight- or nine-win season. Lose and you’re in danger of a six- or seven-win season. I think we’ll see one of those legendary Big 12 high-scoring shootouts. I don’t think it will approach 2012 WVU-Baylor status, but I think the points will be plentiful. WVU is finally getting healthy on defense but the depth is still not there to the point that it can shut down the high scoring Red Raider attack completely. But all in all, I think WVU will respond well this week following the disappointment in Fort Worth last week.

West Virginia 55-46


Brian Jolliff

Last Week: W      Season Record: 4-1      Point Differential: 88

Saturday’s game against Texas Tech should be a good one and likely will end up in a shootout, but what may dictate the outcome of this game is turnovers. Will the Red Raiders continue their opportunistic trend in takeaways or will the Mountaineers be able to secure the ball and not give away the game at a crucial time? WVU will win this game with a mix of passing and rushing, but it will be a back and forth, high scoring affair.

West Virginia 45-38


Greg Hunter

Last Week: W      Season Record: 4-1      Point Differential: 88

Texas Tech may not be quite as good offensively as it was last year with Mahomes leading the way, but TTU does appear to be a tick better defensively. Kingsbury has struggled against Tony Gibson’s 3-3 odd stack scheme in each of the last three meetings, averaging 20 points less against the Mountaineers – and going 0-3 – than he has against everyone else. No reason to think this will be much different, though Tech is certainly good enough to give WVU plenty of trouble.

West Virginia 42-33


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    Fearless Picks: WVU – Texas Tech There was only minimal movement in the standings last week, as every one of our panelists predicted a close TCU win.
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    I’ve always found the Fearless Picks to be informative and well reasoned. I think we looked pretty good last week. Unless special teams kill us, I think we’ll win, say, by 38 to 28. I think Grier has his biggest game of the year Saturday.

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    As good as both teams’ offenses are, I’ll be somewhat surprised if both teams hit 40. I’m going with 37-34 good guys

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    As good as both teams’ offenses are, I’ll be somewhat surprised if both teams hit 40. I’m going with 37-34 good guys

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