The West Virginia Mountaineers will take on the No. 15 Texas Tech Red Raiders this Saturday at Noon on Fox Sports One.
The game will be played in Morgantown, W.Va. and Justin Kutcher (Play-by-Play), James Bates (Analyst), and Brady Poppinga (Sideline) will have the call.
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen shows an overall record of 20-12 (3rd season). Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is in his first season and has yet to lose with an overall record of (6-0).
Holgorsen was the wide receivers coach at Texas Tech when Kingsbury played there. Kingsbury was then part of the offensive staff with Holgorsen at Houston and the two lived together, so they are very familiar with each other.
The Red Raiders are (6-0) on the season and looking for their first (7-0) start since 2008. West Virginia is (3-3) this season and in need of a big win to keep pace in the Big 12 conference race.
Texas Tech ranks third in the nation in passing offense at 408.8 yards-per-game. West Virginia is 61st in passing offense with 245.3 yards-per-game.
Texas Tech ranks 96th in rushing offense with 135.2 yards-per-game. West Virginia ranks 85th in rushing offense at 147.5 yards-per-game.
Texas tech is 63rd in passing defense giving up 231.7 yards-per-game. West Virginia is 57th giving up 223 yards-per-game.
Texas Tech ranks 16th in rushing defense giving up 113.2 yards-per-game. West Virginia has given up an average of 210.2 yards-per-game rushing.
The Mountaineers gave up a conference-record 864 yards to Baylor, breaking the Mountaineers mark of 807 against Baylor last year.
Texas Tech is led by two quarterbacks, Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb. Mayfield has thrown for 1,488 yards and eight touchdowns. Webb has thrown for 965 yards and nine touchdowns.
However, Mayfield has been injured and head coach Kliff Kingsbury said the Red Raiders wouldn’t decide on a quarterback until the end of the week after evaluating him.
The word out of Morgantown is that redshirt freshman quarterback Ford Childress is now out for the season. He will need surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, so that makes the quarterback position a two man race. Clint Trickett and Paul Millard will battle it out the rest of the season.
It’s a good bet that both Millard and Trickett will play on Saturday against Texas Tech.
Charles Sims leads the Mountaineers ground attack with 480 yards and four touchdowns on 97 carries.
Defensively, the Mountaineers allow 28.5 points per game as well as 433.2 yards per game which rank 79th and 93rd in the nation.
The Red Raiders rank 21st in the nation defensively with 344.8 yards allowed-per-game.
Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro leads the Big 12 conference with 47 catches for 606 yards and is seventh nationally with 7.8 receptions-per-game. He’s a matchup nightmare for Big 12 defenses, look for him to be a go to target on Saturday.
DeAndre Washington leads the Red Raiders in rushing with 207 yards on 53 attempts. Texas Tech has recorded back-to-back games with 100 offensive plays for the first time in school history.
The Red Raiders lead the nation in forcing three-and-outs (7.33 per game) and lead the Big 12 in third-down conversion defense (28.2 percent).
West Virginia is coming off of a much needed bye week, we’ll see if they’ve made any improvements come Saturday afternoon.