Oct 13, 2012; Lubbock, TX, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Stedman Bailey (3) catches a touchdown pass against Texas Tech Red Raiders corner back Eugene Nehob (31) in the first half at Jones AT

Texas Tech vs. West Virginia: Bold Predictions

No. 15 Texas Tech puts their perfect 6-0 record on the line again, this time on a country road at West Virginia (mountain mama). The Mountaineers, under former Tech assistant Dana Holgerson, hope to keep their season alive by upsetting a ranked Big 12 opponent at home for the second time this season.

Here’s our Bold Predictions for tomorrow’s game:

Kerry Hyder led the team in tackles last week from the nose guard position. Who’s the leading tackler this week?

Robert: Fresh Prince of Defense.

Shelby: I’m going with Hyder or Jackson. It’s going to be a big game for Jackson.

Austin: Terrance Bullitt.

Webb and Mayfield haven’t gone a game without throwing at least one interception since SMU. If Brewer doesn’t start, how many picks do the freshmen throw?

Robert: Two.

Shelby: Two.

Austin: One.

WVU converts 29 percent of third downs. Tech’s D holds opponents to 27 percent. Over/under, 28 percent on third down for WVU? 

Robert: Over.

Shelby: Under.

Austin: Under.

SaDale Foster is apparently out as punt returner. Who’s the best bet for his replacement?

Robert: I want to see what Reginald Davis can do.

Shelby: Grant or Thompson.

Austin: Jakeem Grant.

Final score?

Robert: 36-21 Tech.

Shelby: 35-31 Tech.

Austin: 45-31 Tech.

Locked and loaded. Leave your Bold Predictions in the comments section below and we’ll feature them in our rewind post on Sunday.

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  • George Cummings Ŧ

    Leading tackler is irrelevant to the success for the defense. Just like a motor engine, you need all of the parts working as a whole for maximum performance. Terrance Bullit will be important, Holgerson will definitely test the safety positions with deep routes. Jackson has a ton of motivation to play well in front of his family for the first time in WV. Hyder is always a huge part of the defense, so no surprises there. Leading tackler will most likely be Will Smith.

    Brewer needs to lead this team into the Second Half of the season. Tech hasn’t really been tested in the Big XII yet, beating Kansas, Iowa State and TCU. With Brewer’s quick speed and agility, Tech could be one of the fastest in the nation. Brewer also has more experience, throwing 4 TDs and 0 interceptions, completing 34-of-48 passes for 375 yards as a backup last year. He played one play in the 2012 bowl game vs Minnesota, in which he threw a touchdown pass. If he can take snaps for Tech against Kansas, he can lead the Red Raiders to a Big XII championship. If Brewer starts, I predict 0 interceptions, 2 passing TD’s, 1 rushing TD. If Webb starts, 2 picks, 1 TD.

    It’s obvious Jakeem Grant SHOULD be the replacement punt returner, but it would be at the risk of losing a huge part of Tech’s offense. But, I also think that Reginald Davis could have a lot of success on special teams returns.

    The Red Raiders will hold WVU to less than 25% 3rd down conversions.

    Regardless, Tech wins in their first trip to Morgantown by a margin of 10 or higher.

    • disqus_rojgPJ2Lb2

      I hope you’re wrong :) Should be a good game regardless – good luck!