Texas Tech and West Virginia kick off at 11 P.M. Central, and the winner of this game will still be alive in the conference championship race. Each of these teams have one conference loss, but barring something drastic, two conference losses will likely keep you out of the title hunt.
The Red Raiders are 4-1, and their only loss is to top 15 team Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers are 3-2, and their only losses are to TCU and Virginia Tech, top 15 teams. Someone will break through and establish themselves as a dark horse contender for the Big 12 Championship in this game.
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Texas Tech-West Virginia game time, information
Date: October 14th, 2017.
Location: Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, West Virginia
Time: 11 AM Central, 12 PM Eastern
Line: West Virginia (-7)
Which TV Channel is Texas Tech-West Virginia on?
Texas Tech and West Virginia will be broadcast on ESPNU.
How can I watch Texas Tech-West Virginia online?
You can catch Texas Tech-West Virginia on the WatchESPN app, or at ESPN3.com.
How can I listen to Texas Tech-West Virginia on the radio?
You can use the Red Raider Sports Network at tunein.com or Double T 97.3 locally.
Texas Tech-West Virginia preview
- You have to limit the Mountaineers vertically. David Sills has the most receiving touchdowns of anyone in the entire nation. He’s a tall, physical wide receiver that you can’t allow to run free in your backfield without some bad consequences. Will Grier has been stellar about hitting him in stride this year, and the vertical passing game has become a big part of the West Virginia offense. They have speed in other places with guys like Marcus Simms, Gary Jennings, and Ka-Raun White. None of them are exactly the same, but the main threat to score deep on you is still Sills. The Red Raiders can’t let him get untracked.
- Blitz pickup is going to be essential. One of the hallmarks of the 3-3-5 defensive scheme is the blitz package, whether they’re built in to the defense or called from the sideline. It’s a defense built around being able to poke at you from a variety of directions, something the Red Raiders need to be aware of across the offensive line. If Texas Tech can pick up the blitzers well, it’ll be a long day for the Mountaineer secondary, which will be tasked with doing a lot of the tackling in open space. If the Red Raiders can’t, well, West Virginia is either going to catch Nic Shimonek with his pants down or force him to throw into double coverage. Neither are things Texas Tech can afford.
- Win the special teams battle. West Virginia outplayed TCU early, that much is certain. Special teams mistakes helped keep the Horned Frogs in the game. If West Virginia’s special teams aren’t shored up, it’s an area Texas Tech can exploit with its speed in the return game and its variety on extra point tries. The Horned Frogs pinned the Mountaineers deep the entire first half, and as a result, West Virginia struggled on offense. Special teams is going to be make or break someone in this game.
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