[12:00 PM] #20 West Virginia @ Texas Tech

Who will WIN this matchup?

#20 West Virginia Mountaineers (4-0)

@ Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-2)


Current odds:

West Virginia Mountaineers: (-120)

Texas Tech Red Raiders: (+100)


ESPN simulations have West Virginia as XX% favorites to cover the spread.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Texas Tech to win as (TBD) underdogs.

The line for this game is West Virginia by 1 point.

West Virginia may no longer be flying under the radar of national attention, but the No. 18 Mountaineers won’t be able to ignore the high-powered offense of host Texas Tech. The Big 12 foes meet Saturday in front of a sold-out Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.

The Mountaineers have their own standout quarterback in Skyler Howard, who has completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 1,272 yards and seven touchdowns. Offensive line protection is led by Tyler Orlosky and Adam Pankey, who have combined to line up for 5,184 plays during their careers. Kicker Josh Lambert, who returned last week after missing three games because of suspension, is no longer with the team, but Mike Molina has been 14-for-14 on extra points and 5-for-6 on field goals in his absence.

Mahomes leads an offense that averages 649.8 yards in total offense (second in the nation), ranks first nationally in first downs and is second in third down conversion success (53 percent). Mahomes threw for 2,274 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, relying on top targets Jonathan Giles (614 yards, seven TDs), Cameron Batson (341, five) and Dylan Cantrell (319, four). The Red Raiders have to establish some kind of running game, hoping that Demarcus Felton (270 yards, three TDs) can keep the West Virginia defense off balance.

The Mountaineers’ defense has recorded more interceptions (five) than touchdown passes (four) allowed.

Texas Tech scored an average of 60.1 points during its last nine home games.

West Virginia leads the series 3-2, including a 31-26 victory at Morgantown last season.


StreakSmarts Pick: Texas Tech Red Raiders

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick