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NCAA College football odds: No. 5 West Virginia at Texas Tech

 

College football odds: No. 5 West Virginia at Texas Tech

Off one of the biggest wins in history, West Virginia travels to Texas Tech to keep its national championship hopes alive ahead of a huge showdown with Kansas State next week. The Mountaineers are 4.5-point favorites on WagerWeb.com.

 

Texas Tech took the nation’s top defense and an unbeaten record into last week’s home game with Oklahoma but was beaten soundly, 41-20. The Red Raiders had their worst defensive performance this year, giving up 380 total yards. Seth Doege was 22 of 36 for 203 yards and had three interceptions for Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1).

Texas Tech is in the midst of a school-record 186 consecutive game scoring streak. The streak dates back to Oct. 25, 1997 and during that time frame, Texas Tech has scored in double digits in 175-of-186 games. TTU and Florida State are the only two teams that rank in the Top 15 in the nation in both total offense and total defense. The Texas Tech offense is ranked third nationally in third down conversions. The Red Raiders have converted on third down 47 out of 71 times for a percentage of 57.75.

West Virginia won its first-ever Big 12 road game with a 48-45 victory over Texas last week. Heisman favorite Geno Smith had another big game, throwing for 269 yards and 4 TDs on 25-of-35 passing. Smith has now thrown 24 touchdowns without an interception through five games this season. Andrew Buie ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns vs. UT.

This marks the second meeting between the two schools and the first between the two coaches. West Virginia won, 7-6, in the only meeting between the two schools in 1938, in El Paso. WVU coach Dana Holgorsen was the offensive coordinator at Houston in 2009, when the Cougars defeated the Red Raiders, 29-28, in Houston, and won 34-17, in 2010, when he was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.

Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville has an all-time record of 26-46 against teams in the Top 25 and is 4-5 all-time against opponents ranked in the Top 5. Tuberville has a 0-1 record against West Virginia. He was the head coach at Auburn in 2008, when he faced the Mountaineers in Morgantown, dropping a 34-17 decision.

WagerWeb.com trends: Mountaineers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game. Mountaineers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October. Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. Red Raiders are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games. Red Raiders are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU loss of more than 20 points. Red Raiders are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

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