Texas Tech’s game against West Virginia is going to be really interesting this year. Here’s why:
- Last year, West Virginia came into Lubbock with a pretty number five ranking. They left without it. WVU is probably looking for payback this year.
- This is an opportunity for Kliff & Co. to coach their way to a 7-0 start, which was completely unexpected by pretty much everyone before the season started. But this is also the beginning of the real meat of the team’s schedule; this is where it gets difficult.
- This is also Tech’s first trip to Morgantown, which I’ve heard is a pretty hostile environment (good thing the team has been treated to an excellent student section this year to get used to loud and rowdy crowds). Hopefully there will be no couch burning in West Virginia this weekend.
- Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia’s head coach, was a coach under Mike Leach at Texas Tech from 2000-2007. Kliff Kingsbury was a player at Texas Tech from 1998-2002. You’re seeing that correctly. Holgorsen was a coach during Kingbsury’s qb reign. Holgorsen also coached at Houston from 2008-2009; that was Kingsbury’s first year as a college coach. That means Holgorsen has known Kingsbury longer than any of the Texas Tech players.
- Speaking of coaches…remember Lyle Leong? Leong played at Tech. Scratch that. He dominated at Texas Tech, and currently ranks second on the Tech receiving touchdown list with 32. He’s now coaching at WVU. Some of Tech’s current players played with Leong. I’m sure a few are friends with him (mere speculation). How’s that for a story-line?
- Lastly, I’m sure anyone who follows college football has at least heard the name “Charles Sims.” He was a star running back for the Houston Cougars. Now he’s a star running back for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Why does this matter? He considered transferring to Texas Tech, but was barred from joining the Red Raiders because of transfer restrictions.
So how can you keep up with how each factor plays out on the field? As usual, all 33 Texas Tech affiliated radio stations will have a live broadcast. Want to watch? The game will be broadcasted nationally on Fox Sports 1, with Justin Kutcher doing play-by-play, James Bates as analyst, and Brady Poppinga on the sideline.
Who: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
What: Texas Tech’s first game at West Virginia since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12.
Where: Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, West Virginia.
When: Saturday, October 19th, at 11 a.m. CST.
I think I saw yesterday where early offshore lines were showing Texas Tech as the favorite by around 7.5 points. This is a winnable game for the Red Raiders, and I think it will be a really fun one to watch, especially if Tech comes home with the win.
Make sure to check back with Wreck ‘Em Red throughout the week for more in-depth analysis, as well as a live game thread. Guns up!