Big 12 College Football Odds & Spread: West Virginia vs. Texas Tech Print
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West Virginia vs. Texas Tech Odds

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LUBBOCK, TX (The Spread) – No. 5 West Virginia will look to match offenses with Texas Tech when the two meet in Lubbock on Saturday at 3:30PM ET on ABC.

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West Virginia is 5-0 overall, 2-0 in the Big 12 and 1-0 on the road. Texas Tech is 4-1 overall, 1-1 in conference play and 2-1 at home. The Mountaineers are 2-3 against the spread this year while the Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS. These two last met back in 1938.

Trends show that West Virginia is 5-1 against the spread in its last 6 road games. Texas Tech is just 2-5 ATS in its last 7 Big 12 contests and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a winning road record.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv West Virginia is the road favorite in this game, as the Mountaineers have odds of -3.5 points at Texas Tech. The over/under total for the game has been set at 77.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds had West Virginia as a 5-point favorite. The spread reached as high as 5.5 points before making the drop down to 3.5 points.

West Virginia is coming off its biggest win yet, 48-45 over Texas on the road. The Mountaineers continue to pile up the offense, as they rank fifth in the country in scoring (52 ppg) and second in passing yards (406.8 ypg). The defense has been a slight concern, as it is giving up 35 points per game, but the offense has managed to out-score opponents thus far. Quarterback Geno Smith is the early Heisman favorite, as he has thrown for 1,996 yards and 24 TDs to lead West Virginia.

Texas Tech suffered its first loss of the year last week, getting beat 41-20 by Oklahoma at home. The Red Raiders had not allowed more than 14 points in a game until that point. They still average just 16.8 points allowed per game, but the real strength is the offense, which is 21st in the nation in scoring (39 ppg) and seventh in passing yards (341.2 ypg). Seth Doege is leading Tech this year, as he has thrown for 1,392 yards and 15 TDs.

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In terms of Injuries, West Virginia running backs Shawne Alston (thigh) and Ryan Clarke (leg) are both questionable for this game. Texas Tech receivers Derek Edwards and Javares McRoy, who are both questionable with academic issues.

The Public Bets for this game are backing West Virginia. The Mountaineers are getting 89% of the wagers with odds of -3.5 points at Texas Tech.

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