Fearless Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers – Texas Tech Red Raiders

Fearless Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers – Texas Tech Red Raiders

Jeff and Greg took the weekly honors with a miss of 14 points each last week, while Bill vaulted to the top of the standings with a 16-point offset in his selection.

This week a tougher game awaits. Certainly, our panel remembers the 2012 visit to Lubbock, when an undefeated Mountaineer squad was blown out of Jones AT&T Stadium. Does anyone see history repeating itself?


Bill Gleason

Last Week: W Season Record: 3-0 Point Differential: 32

Texas Tech is rough at home. The offense they run is very difficult to deal with, and this season is definitely no different. This will be the biggest test of WVU’s improved defense to date (Welcome to the Mr. Obvious Show!)

After this game the WVU defensive statistics are going to look horrible. But holding the Red Raiders in the 30s might be akin to a 15-point effort from 20 years ago.

The Mountaineers have the firepower and skill to more than keep up on offense. I think the defense does more than enough against the nation’s #1 offense.

West Virginia 55-41


Brian Jolliff

Last Week: W Season Record: 3-0 Point Differential: 34

This will be West Virginia’s biggest challenge so far this year. Texas Tech has a short history of playing spoiler to a hot Mountaineer team in the past, but will they be able to stop this offense if WVU is hitting on all cylinders? Will West Virginia’s defense be as dominating against a much better Tech offense? Will the simple mistakes from last week be ironed out? This will be a tough-fought game and will come down to the wire.

West Virginia 31-28


Greg Hunter

Last Week: W Season Record: 3-0 Point Differential: 34

This was the year Texas Tech was supposed to learn how to play defense. Early indications are the Red Raiders still have a lot to learn. While Kingsbury’s club can throw the ball as well as anyone and score a ton of points, it also gives them up at a huge rate. WVU doesn’t want to get into a 64-63 track meet, but if the WVU D can just get a few stops, it should be OK.

West Virginia 48-40


Jonathan Martin

Last Week: W Season Record: 3-0 Point Differential: 41

West Virginia faces a tough road challenge on Saturday with an early kick against Texas Tech.
Both the Mountaineers and Red Raiders are expected to light up the scoreboard – so naturally it comes down to who has the ball last, right? Wrong.

I anticipate a special teams or defensive play to be the difference in the game – advantage Mountaineers.

West Virginia 38-35


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Jane Donovan

Last Week: W Season Record: 3-0 Point Differential: 41

So now we come to the annual Ryan Gosling Bowl.

Kliff/Ryan thinks he has the Red Raiders poised for an Oscar nomination. They have indeed exceeded expectations of late. I hate to use phrases like this so early in the season, but this game is a must win for WVU. Texas Tech will hang around, but so will Will2Win, his corps of catchers, and the surprisingly good WVU defense. I expect a real nail biter, but when Billy Crystal opens the envelope, it will say “For best performance in a West Texas wind and dust extravaganza, the Oscar goes to the West Virginia Mountaineers.”

West Virginia 45-38


Andy Easton

Last Week: W Season Record: 3-0 Point Differential: 43

Texas Tech is coming off a thrashing of Oklahoma State and has outscored their last three opponents 181 – 66. Leading the way for the Red Raiders has been true freshman quarterback Alan Bowman, posting a 72.1% completion rate, 10 TD’s, 1,557 yards with only two interceptions. The Texas Tech offense is hitting on all cylinders and has just as many weapons as WVU.

This game will be decided on the defensive side of the ball, and that slight edge goes to the Red Raiders after already facing two solid passing attacks in Houston and Oklahoma State. WVU’s odd stack defense will confuse Bowman but it won’t be enough to make the difference.

Texas Tech 42-35


Jeff Cobb

Last Week: W Season Record: 3-0 Point Differential: 48

In the post Orange Bowl season of 2012, the Mountaineers were led by a Heisman trophy favorite (Geno Smith) with a bevy of high-powered wide receivers. They were averaging 52 points a game, sitting at 5-0 and ranked fifth in the country….before heading to Lubbock, Tex., where they were trounced and never recovered.

Flash forward to 2018. The Mountaineer are led by a Heisman trophy favorite with a bevy of high-powered wide receivers. They are averaging 42 points a game, sitting at 3-0 and ranked 12th in the nation…heading into a road game in Lubbock, Tex.

Egads!

But take heart WVU fans. While the 2012 defense was busy giving up a staggering 35 points per game in its inaugural Big 12 season, the coaches have learned their lesson. Six years later, they’ve put a lot of effort into defensive depth, as well as recruiting the right kind of athlete to hang with the spread offenses the league throws at you. The result? Through three games, Tony Gibson’s troops are much improved (although maybe not yet tested?) with a 12.3 points per game allowed mark through three contests.

Will Gibby’s improved defense combined with a freshman QB starter for Texas Tech allow the Mountaineers to prevail? Or will it be another heartbreaker in Lubbock? I say hell with that 2012 déjà vu.

West Virginia 38-35


Chris Richardson

Last Week: W Season Record: 3-0 Point Differential: 50

Admittedly this game is one of the toughest to pick of the past couple of years. I’ve gone back and forth with it. Texas Tech is elite offensively, and much better defensively than they’re probably getting credit for. They had a dominant effort at Oklahoma State, holding the Pokes to their lowest point total in four years. That’s impressive. West Virginia’s defense has better numbers, but has not played teams nearly as good as the one they’ll line up across from on Saturday. On top of all that, it’s the first road game of the season. There’s a lot of reasons to pick Texas Tech. But at the end of the day, the Mountaineers have the best player on the field, senior quarterback Will Grier. That gives them the edge.

West Virginia 38-34


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    Fearless Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers – Texas Tech Red Raiders Jeff and Greg took the weekly honors with a miss of 14 points each last week, whil
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    WVU wins in a shootout. Last team with the ball wins.

    over/under on ESPN is 72.5
    Would you be surprised if the total points is over 100?

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    ESPN hates us!!!!!

    Matchup Predictor
    WVU 38.3%
    TTU 61.7%
    According to ESPN’s Football Power Index

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