This will be the ninth all-time meeting between WVU and Texas Tech. They first met in the 1938 Sun Bowl. West Virginia won that game.
WVU also won last year taking down then #25 Texas Tech in Lubbock 42-34.
This will be a year of firsts. Both schools feature new head coaches, and both Neal Brown and Matt Wells are 3-5 in their first seasons with their respective schools. On top of that, both programs have gone over a month without winning.
West Virginia last won a game September 21st at Kansas. Texas Tech’s last win was October 5th against Oklahoma State. The winner of this game will keep their bowl hopes very much alive. The loser’s bowl game chances will be on life support.
Texas Tech has done a good job of getting out to quick starts. The Red Raiders are outscoring opponents 51-24 in the first quarter this season. They have shutout opponents in the first quarter in 6 of their 8 games so far. Texas Tech has also forced a three and out or turnover on the opening drive in 6 of their 8 games.
West Virginia has had a problem of falling behind early and trying to come back later in the game. The Mountaineers have been outscored in the first quarter 52-35 and outscored in the first half by 60 points 136 to 76.
But here is where West Virginia has an advantage: Texas Tech has only played 8 November games north of the state of Oklahoma in its history, and the Red Raiders have lost 6 of those 8 games — including a 31-26 loss in Morgantown in 2015.
With a cool forecast for Saturday, perhaps the Mountaineers can freeze out the Red Raiders and pick up a much-needed win.