After a bye week, the Mountaineers return to action this Saturday afternoon when they take on the Red Raiders of Texas Tech.
The schedule continues to be tough on Coach Holgorsen's team as they will play their fourth undefeated opponent of the season. A red hot Texas Tech ball club comes into Morgantown this weekend looking to go 7-0 under first year Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Saturday will be a chance at revenge for the Mountaineers, as the Red Raiders ended a 5-0 start last season, starting a West Virginia five game losing streak. The task of beating Texas Tech will not be an easy one, and is ultimately another important game for both teams.
Coach Holgorsen says that he sees a couple differences in the Texas Tech team this year, and that Kingsbury has brought a different attitude to the program.
"They are playing with a lot of confidence and energy," said Holgorsen. "Kliff is doing a good job with his guys and getting them excited to play each week."
Texas Tech has been efficient on both sides of the ball this season. The Red Raiders started the season with true freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield, but have since switched Davis Webb. Combined, the two freshman quarterbacks have thrown for 2,453 yards and 17 touchdowns. The run game has also been sharp, especially in the past couple of games. According to Coach Holgorsen, the running game of Texas Tech presents problems.
"Washington and Williams are both great backs, and present a problem to our defense," said Holgorsen. "We have to be ready and defend the run. At the same time, they can throw the ball as well as anyone in the country, so we have to be prepared for both."
On the West Virginia side of the ball, uncertainty remains. Which offense will show up? After a full week of rest, all three quarterbacks look to be healthy and available to play this weekend. As for a starter, Holgorsen says he will evaluate.
"Clint took a full week off last week and Ford took a few more reps," said Holgorsen. "They both say they are healthy, but getting on the field and actually participating in practice and the game is a different situation. I don't think we've seen the last of Paul Millard either."
The door remains wide open for the position as the West Virginia looks to bounce back after a tough outing against the Baylor Bears. After giving up 73 points and over 800 yards of offense, shutting down a Red Raider offense would be bittersweet.
The Mountaineers and Red Raiders meet at high noon this Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium. The game will be broadcast by Fox Sports 1.