West Virginia Mountaineers vs Texas Tech Red Raiders Odds
Geno Smith and 5-0 West Virginia, coming off an upset of Texas, look to stay hot when they hit Lubbock to take on 4-1 Texas Tech Saturday afternoon (3:30 pm ET, ABC/ESPN).
The Mountaineers, now ranked No. 5 in the AP poll, were early four-point favorites over the Red Raiders, who are 4-1 ATS this season.
Betting Line: Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Red Raiders as 5.5-point underdogs in the matchup, while the betting total had not been set at press time (check the college football odds link for the latest on the over under)..
Power Rankings / Prediction: The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Red Raiders rated this week at No. 3 and the Mountaineers sitting at No. 29. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 58-53 result in favor of the Red Raiders this week.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Texas Tech's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 39 PPG, against a Mountaineers defense that ranks No. 104 this week at 35 PPG. The Red Raiders aerial game is averaging 341.2 yards per game, more than the Mountaineers secondary allows through the air, 336 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Mountaineers feature the league's No. 60-rated road run defense, allowing 161.5 yards per game. Texas Tech, meanwhile, ranks No. 46 in rushing offense at home.
Last time out for West Virginia, they were a 48-45 winner as they battled Texas on the road. West Virginia covered in the match as a 7.5-point underdog, while 93 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Andrew Buie ran through the Texas defense for 207 yards in West Virginia's last game, handing the Longhorns a 48-45 setback on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Texas Tech lost its last outing, a 41-20 result against Oklahoma on October 6. Texas Tech failed to cover in that game as a 4-point underdog, while the 61 combined points took the game OVER the total. Texas Tech was hammered in its last outing, as Oklahoma ran up a 41-20 score against them at Jones AT&T Stadium.
West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 8-2
Texas Tech Red Raiders Trends:
When playing in October are 4-6
When playing on turf are 3-7
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 2-8
A few Mountaineers at Red Raiders trends to consider:
West Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
West Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Texas Tech is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Texas Tech is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home
Texas Tech is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Texas Tech is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
West Virginia home to Kansas State, Saturday, October 20
Texas Tech at TCU, Saturday, October 20