West Virginia -3.5 @ Texas Tech
If it looks like a trap and smells like a trap, it’s gotta be a trap…right? In most cases yes, but not in Lubbock, Texas this Saturday. This is the case when the West Virginia Mountaineers continue their inaugural trek through the defensive sieve known as the Big 12 as they take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders. West Virginia, which is led by the most dynamic player in the country in Geno Smith, has been putting up arena-like numbers so far this season. No one has been able to contain Smith or any other member of the Mountaineer aerial and ground attack. Texas Tech sports a competitive team this year but as displayed last week against Oklahoma (40-21 loss), the Red Raiders are no match for the big boys of college football. The Red Raiders’ stats are skewed by the pathetic non-conference schedule (Northwestern State, Texas State, New Mexico) and they were exposed against the one truly good team they’ve played.
What will happen: Normally when a red hot team is laying less than four points on the road to an overrated but hungry home team, it signals a red flag that something is fishy. Not in this spot. West Virginia is capable of winning big games in hostile environments as showcased against Texas last week. While the Mountaineer defense has been getting carved like a Thanksgiving turkey, the offense has shown it is more than capable of making up the difference. Texas Tech will be able to put up some points, but they can’t hang with the likes of West Virginia’s offense. Don’t over think this one.
Prediction: West Virginia 44 Texas Tech 31
The Play: West Virginia -3.5
YTD Record: 3-3