Date: November ninth, 2019
Time: 12:00pm EST
Venue: Mountaineer Subject at Milan Puskar Stadium – Morgantown, WV
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Streaming: ESPN app
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Unfold: West Virginia +2.5
It vexes me that we’re residence canines towards a Three-5 opponent that has but to win a street sport. I am terribly vexed.
True blue in honor of Veteran’s Day. Cannot hate on that.
Tech is rocking their all whites. If nothing else, the sport goes to be stunning to take a look at.
KNOW THE ENEMY
Collection Historical past: (6-2). We have executed some good work to swing this factor in our favor over the past half-decade with 5 wins on the trot. For these of you retaining rating at residence, which means we’re undefeated towards Pat Mahomes.
2019 Document: (Three-5). Regardless of their document, Tech has performed nearly all people powerful this 12 months excluding Oklahoma. The excessive level is undoubtedly the 45-35 win towards Oklahoma State in Lubbock, however the subsequent three-game skid ought to have them as hungry for a win as we’re.
Head Coach: Matt Wells. One other week, one other worthy adversary prowling the opposing sidelines. Wells is in his first 12 months in Lubbock after a profitable six-year run at Utah State that featured two 10-win seasons and 2018 Mountain West Coach of the Yr honors.
Offensive Coordinator: David Yost. Yost is in his first 12 months in Lubbock after serving as Wells’ OC for the earlier two seasons at Utah State. He is been concerned in among the finest offenses within the nation over the previous decade, with prior stints at Missouri (2001-2012), Washington State (2013-2015), and Oregon (2016).
Defensive Coordinator: Keith Patterson. Patterson can also be in his first 12 months in Lubbock after beforehand serving as Wells’ defensive coordinator at Utah State. A few of you may bear in mind him from his time in Morgantown when he put collectively one of many worst defenses in class historical past.
WHEN WE HAVE THE BALL…
Texas Tech would not precisely have a repute as a top-tier protection, however that hasn’t stopped them from having some top-tier gamers on that facet of the ball over time. 2019 is a microcosm of that pattern, they usually enter this weekend within the decrease finish of the center of the pack in most main classes excluding two: tackles for loss and interceptions. And that is once more as a result of they’ve some actually good gamers in any respect three ranges surrounded by blah.
The very best of the bunch is certainly linebacker Jordyn Brooks, who’s main the staff (and convention) in each tackles and tackles for loss for what feels just like the 10th straight 12 months. His senior 12 months has been distinctive even by his personal lofty requirements, along with his per sport numbers of 10.9 tackles and 1.9 TFL each rating within the prime 7 nationally. Anchoring the unit up entrance is Broderick Washington Jr, who performs the Dante Stills Three-technique for them. He offers nice manufacturing for an inside lineman, rating 2nd and third on the staff in TFL and sacks, respectively. Holding down the back-end is security Douglas Coleman III. Coleman has been extraordinarily lively this 12 months, rating third on the staff in tackles whereas main the complete nation with 7 interceptions.
There are just a few different standout performers along with the aforementioned Large Three. Brooks’ PIC Riko Jeffers is having a strong junior season and ranks 2nd on the staff in tackles from his linebacker spot, defensive finish Eli Howard and edge Evan Rambo have each been decently productive as cross rushers, and Zech McPhearson has been strong on the different security place. Nonetheless, offered that we are able to sometimes block Brooks, I feel it is a group that even our lowly offense can count on to have some small quantity of success towards.
Defining success: Simply play Doege. Please and thanks.
We’re at present final within the convention by a long way in scoring, complete offense, first downs, third down conversion share, purple zone scoring share, explosive performs, and I finished scrolling and gouged my eyes out. That is actually not all on Austin Kendall, however the time has come to make a change, and the bar has been set so low that I’ll contemplate it a win merely if we accomplish that.
Enter Jarrett Doege (in all probability). As most of you realize, Doege was a late-summer switch from Bowling Inexperienced, the place he led the MAC in passing throughout the common season a 12 months in the past. He will not present a lot of an improve athletically, however primarily based on what I’ve seen of him he ought to be higher than Austin at, you realize, throwing. We won’t realistically count on him to gentle the Crimson Raider protection on hearth in his first sport motion, however I feel we might all take any form of rhythm and/or consistency within the short-to-intermediate passing sport as an enormous win. Something greater than that might be a bonus.
WHEN THEY HAVE THE BALL…
On the opposite facet of the ball, the Crimson Raiders up-tempo air raid offense has been their calling card for many of this century. That is typically true once more this 12 months even with the brand new workers – they’ve taken a small step backwards when it comes to each effectivity and explosiveness, however with 44 cross makes an attempt per sport and a snap each ~22 seconds they’re nonetheless the pass-happiest, quickest transferring offense within the league.
They’re going to be led once more this week by backup Jett Duffey, however earlier than we do any rejoicing we’d do nicely to do not forget that it was Duffey, and never starter Alan Bowman, who almost led all of them the way in which again from a 35-7 deficit towards us in Lubbock final 12 months. Duffey has been higher along with his accuracy this 12 months, and has been doing an particularly good job of getting the ball out on time and to the suitable individuals once they assault downfield within the RPO and play-action passing sport. You will additionally do not forget that he is an excellent runner, although he is been doing much less of that this 12 months underneath Wells and Yost (6.5 makes an attempt per sport this 12 months vs 9.9 final 12 months).
The backfield is extra of a “by committee” group than it has been in years handed, however they’re actually persevering with the Crimson Raider custom of being greater than adequate to make you pay in the event you sleep on them. Freshman SaRodorick Thompson has emerged because the workhorse however each Armand Shyne and Ta’Zhawn Henry each get about 7 carries per sport, as nicely, and as a gaggle they’re averaging an enviable 5.four ypc. One factor we must be cognizant of with these guys is that they are all very succesful receivers out of the backfield – the trio has mixed to catch 53 passes via eight video games, which is by far essentially the most of any “place” on their offense.
Out huge they don’t seem to be as explosive as they historically are however nonetheless have a handful of fellows who know get open and do a great job of successful contested balls. The one you may acknowledge is TJ Vasher, who at 6’6 210 presents an distinctive goal within the purple zone, however RJ Turner, Dalton Rigdon, and Erik Ezukanma have all flashed some respectable YAC-ability and catch a number of balls per sport.
As strong as the abilities guys are, nevertheless, the energy of the offense might be the group up entrance. They characteristic three multi-year starters, two of which is able to doubtless obtain postseason recognition for his or her performances, and rank within the prime 30 nationally in each sacks and TFL allowed.
Defining success: Proceed to dominate up entrance; watch the backs out of the backfield
See above – we’d like our defensive position to select up the place they left off towards Baylor and create havoc up entrance, and it is essential that they do it this week with out assist from the second and third ranges. If they’ll management issues alongside the road of scrimmage on their very own then it ought to go away our backers and safeties free to take care of their intermediate passing sport and particularly mitigate the specter of these backs out of the backfield.
Neal Brown gave Tech’s particular groups a “strong” grade throughout the board in his Tuesday presser, and as ordinary, we’ll take his phrase for it. As for our personal particular groups, they’ve typically been a beacon of hope this 12 months when all else appears misplaced. That was actually the case final week towards Baylor, and with my man Winston Wright lastly bursting onto the scene I feel we are able to really feel assured that it’s going to proceed. I am unable to let you know how good it feels to not solely not have to fret concerning the third section, however certainly really feel assured that it can provide us a determined benefit after *checks watch* nearly a complete lifetime of watching us punt and kick and discipline balls via terrified fingers.
Not gonna lie right here gang, I am greater than a bit bit delay by the truth that Three-5, winless-on-the-road Texas Tech is strolling into our home because the favorites. I would wish to assume our staff will likely be bit delay by it too, and you realize that Mountaineer Nation will likely be very happy to lean into the underdog narrative, particularly with the additional beverage or two that we’ll must handle the chilly. I feel we come out and play our most full sport of the 12 months, and kick begin that stretch run to a Yr zero bowl sport for Actual Deal Neal. Let’s go.
West Virginia 31-17 Texas Tech