Turnovers will be key
It doesn’t take a football genius to suggest that turnovers will play a major role in this or any game. But the reality is that Tech can’t afford to keep being one of the worst teams in the nation in that category.
So far, the Red Raiders are 127th nationally and last in the Big 12 in turnover margin at -1.17 per game. That’s no way to win football games.
Only once in the season’s first six games has Tech won the turnover battle. That day, the Red Raiders were a plus-two against Texas in what was the season’s best win, the overtime victory over Texas in Lubbock.
Meanwhile, in two of West Virginia’s three losses, they have turned the ball over twice. But in their best win of the season, last week’s defeat of Baylor, they won the turnover battle 4-1, a huge factor in that game.
Let’s see if today can finally be the day Tech reaches its weekly goal of three takeaways. That’s something that defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter’s side of the ball hasn’t done thus far.
In fact, Tech is just 112th nationally in turnovers gained this year. That’s been a big disappointment given DeRyuter’s reputation for building defenses that take the ball away at an elite level.
Today, Tech needs to bring the takeaways back into the equation while also protecting the ball. If that happens, the West Virginia defense will likely have trouble stopping the Tech offense.