Texas Tech is set to open Big 12 play this afternoon with a 2:30 PM CST kickoff against West Virginia in Morgantown. This will be the 13th meeting between the two schools with each having won six games in the series.
Texas Tech currently holds a four-game winning streak over the Mountaineers including wins in each of the last two times this series was played in West Virginia. The mountaineers enter the game 2-1 after an emotional win over arch-rival Pitt last week while Tech sits at 1-2 after picking up the first win of the season last week against Tarleton State.
Texas Tech vs. West Virginia broadcast info
TV: BIG 12 NOW ON ESPN+
Play-by-Play: Drew Carter
Analyst: Dustin Fox
Sideline Reporter: Tori Petry
RADIO: TEXAS TECH SPORTS NETWORK
Play-by-Play: Brian Jensen
Analyst: John Harris
Sideline Reporter: Chris Level
SiriusXM: Channel 384
Mobile App: Varsity Network (Texas Tech)
Fan Duel lists Texas Tech as a 5.5-point favorite. Tech is -225 on the money line while WVU is +184. The over/under is set at 54.4 points.
Game Notes (Courtesy of TexasTech.com)
- Texas Tech defensive tackle Jaylon Hutchings is set to make his 50th-consecutive start this Saturday, an impressive feat that currently ranks as the second-longest active streak in the FBS behind Troy safety Dell Pettus (51).
- Since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 in 2012, Texas Tech and West Virginia have traditionally played several close games with six of those 11 decisions determined by one possession and one more by only 11 points.
- Texas Tech has grown accustomed to starting Big 12 play on the road historically as this will be the 18th time in the league’s history that the Red Raiders have opened league action away from home. Texas Tech is 9-8 in those games with its last win coming in 2018 when the Red Raiders surprised No. 15 Oklahoma State, 41-17, in Stillwater.
- Texas Tech has had a quarterback throw for at least 300 yards in seven of the 11 matchups between the two schools since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 Conference prior to the 2012 season. Behren Morton became the most recent signal caller to hit the 300-yard mark a year ago as the then-redshirt freshman completed 28-of-45 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
- Texas Tech is allowing 25.3 points per game through the first three weeks of the season, which continues its improvements under second-year coordinator Tim DeRuyter. The Red Raiders closed the 2022 campaign only allowing 29.2 points per game, marking its lowest average in more than a decade.
- Texas Tech will face an unranked opponent to open Big 12 play for only the second time in the past seven years and just the ninth time in the past 11 seasons. The Red Raiders are 10-3 when opening Big 12 play against an unranked opponent, which includes a 7-3 mark in road games.
- Texas Tech will be looking to open Big 12 play with a win in back-to-back seasons for the first time since doing so over three consecutive seasons from 2011-13. The Red Raiders won two of those games on the road during that stretch with victories at Kansas (2011) and Iowa State (2012).
- Texas Tech and West Virginia have several staff members with connections to the other university, none possibly more notable than Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown, who was the Red Raiders’ offensive coordinator for all three seasons (2010-12) of Tommy Tuberville’s tenure.
- Brown has three other members of his staff who previously worked at Texas Tech as assistant head coach and offensive line coach Matt Moore served as the Red Raiders’ offensive line coach from 2007-11, crossing over for two seasons of Brown’s tenure, while offensive coordinator Chad Scott was the running backs coach from 2010-12. Additionally, West Virginia passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Sean Reagan was a graduate assistant on the Texas Tech staff in 2010 where he assisted Brown with the quarterbacks.