Saturday will be the first test for the Mountaineers, a road game at a hostile stadium, West Virginia will need to use this AP Top 25 matchup to show that they are in fact the real deal. Read below to hear what our staff thinks will happen Saturday in Lubbock.
Layne: “Will Grier and the passing game have another strong performance but continue their trend of slow starts. The running game finally gets on track and gains over 200 yards. Defensively the Mountaineers give up a lot yards and some big plays to Texas Tech but limit their scoring opportunities in the red zone. The defense bending but not breaking allows WVU to overcome it’s slow start and win the game.”
West Virginia 45
Texas Tech 42
Brandon: “If WVU is the team everyone wants to believe they are, they will head to Lubbock today and dominate this game from start to finish.
However, the Red Raiders are absolutely rolling with freshman QB Allen Bowman who is breaking records already throwing the football. I have a good feeling about this game, but in the back of my mind I have a not-so-good feeling.
Unfortunately for WVU fans, the back-of-the mind feeling is slowly creeping to the front and the college football playoff dream will end today.”
Ashley: “The Mountaineers offense comes out much faster than the last two starts in Morgantown, in their most hostile environment season-to-date. Both teams are neck and neck going into the half. Halftime adjustments bring Coach Gibson’s dawgs out hot in the third quarter and several big Grier plays put the Mountaineers on a plane eastbound with another W under their belt.”
West Virginia 38
Texas Tech 24
Shanna: “WVU’s defense will face its toughest challenge of the year in the Red Raiders explosive offense. Texas Tech has the ability to throw down field but they also give up a lot of point. Saturday’s game is either going to be an offensive shootout or if the defense can come up big, the Mountaineers can come away with the win.”
West Virginia 42
Texas Tech 30