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WVi Staff Predictions: No. 4 WVU at Texas Tech


Game 6 Outlook: WVU at Texas Tech
Scott Grayson Trap game, what trap game? I am buying what Dana Holgorsen is selling regarding his team not paying any attention to a trap game.  Texas Tech has gained respect for what it has done on defense, but it has not taken care of the ball on offense.  Oklahoma capitalized on some turnovers and I believe WVU will force two turnovers in this game. The Red Raiders will have to respect the rushing game after what Andrew Buie did last weekend.  for Geno Smith to pass for 400 yards or more and four touchdowns.  WVU gets through back-to-back weeks in the state of Texas with wins in both games and improves to 6-0. 51-31 WVU

Scott's Season Record: 5-0

Geoff Coyle It seems like every week we're hearing about a Davey O'Brien Award Marquee Matchup with the WVU football team. That's life in the Big 12. This defense will continue to get tested until it proves that it can handle what teams are literally throwing its way. I don't imagine this task will be as tough as what the Mountaineers faced a week ago and I think Geno Smith and company continue to prove that Tech's top passing defense is more a product of their competition. The defense makes enough stops, but still does little to impress.
51-38 WVU

Geoff's Season Record: 5-0

Matt Allevato The WVU offense is playing so well right now that I firmly believe only the country's top defenses have any chance at slowing them down.  The UT defense had playmakers and next level talent, no question, but they haven't lived up to expectations.  Looking ahead to Saturday, the Red Raiders don't have the same talent the Longhorns possess on that side of the ball, especially up front.  Tech's highly-rated defensive statistics are skewed from the porous offenses they've faced.  On the offensive side, Tech does have a pretty good QB in Seth Doege who likes to sling the ball around or hand it off to his trio of talented running backs.  While I think they provide a big challenge to the Mountaineers in Lubbock and claim the lead at multiple points throughout this game, Geno Smith and his plethora of playmakers will simply be too good once again.  Smith throws for five touchdown passes (that's a 29:0 TD-to-INT ratio for those still counting) and the WVU defense forces Doege into critical turnovers to seal the victory in a windy game before a raucous crowd in western Texas. 52-41 WVU

Matt's Season Record: 5-0


Von Barclay The phrase "trap game" has been thrown around for this matchup all week, and for good reason. After a big win over Texas and a huge game against Kansas State coming up, West Virginia can't look past Texas Tech and its top-ranked pass defense. To be fair, the Red Raiders had a pretty weak non-conference schedule, but the defense could still test Geno Smith and make this too close for comfort. I think this will be close throughout, but Tavon Austin's playmaking ability generates a few big gains and gives the Mountaineers the win. 45-31 WVU

Von's Season Record: 5-0


Jess McCadam I know this does not come as a shock to anyone who has ever read my predictions, but I am darn near positive the Mountaineers will roll in to Lubbock, Texas and defeat the Red Raiders. With Texas Tech coming off a tough loss to Oklahoma and West Virginia coming off an incredible win at Texas, the atmosphere in Jones AT&T Stadium couldn't possibly out-match what the Mountaineers saw last week in Austin, even if it is Tech's homecoming. Simply put, the Red Raiders will not be able to handle the WVU offense. 45-17 WVU

Jess' Season Record: 5-0


Aaron Williams I know Coach Holgorsen doesn't believe in "trap" games, but this one still scares me a little bit.  Despite giving up 41 points to Oklahoma last week, statistically, Texas Tech has one of the top defenses in the country.  In order to help me sleep at night, I'm going to assumes that's strictly a  product of the poor offenses they've played so far, with OU being the exception. 55-28 WVU

Aaron's Season Record: 5-0


Sean Manning Although Texas Tech's defense looks good on paper, they were exposed last week against the Sooners.  West Virginia now has the blueprints to put up points on the Red Raiders and the Mountaineer offense will keep chugging along.  Defense continues to show improvement, even in small portions as WVU leaves Lubbock still undefeated. 56-31 WVU

Sean's Season Record: 5-0


Michael Ploger The Mountaineers head into Lubbock on a season high.  Coach Holgorsen will keep his players focused, reassuring them every game is as important as the last one.  The defense will have the opportunities for turnovers, and they will capitalize.  That'll give the offense a cushion throughout the game, as they run away with their second straight victory in Texas.  Look for Geno to spread the ball out a little more, to guys like J.D. Woods and Jordan Thompson. 49-27 WVU
  Michael's Season Record: 5-0  
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