Well, last week did not go as planned for Matt Wells and Texas Tech.
Fans thought there might’ve been a breakthrough the week before against FIU and the offense was finally getting on track. That was not the case.
Tech was absolutely throttled in Austin and flat out embarrassed.
But that was last week.
This week, we see Tech travel to Morgantown to take on a very good West Virginia team. Don’t be fooled by their 2-2 record, this team is very much threat. An opening loss to Maryland and a close loss on the road to Oklahoma has the Mountaineers with a very misleading record.
Now offensively, West Virginia has a lot more to be desired. They have an absolute stud at running back in Leddie Brown, but also have had very inconsistent quarterback play from Jarret Doege. Their offense should play into Tech’s defenses strengths, at least going into last week that's what I thought.
Defensively, the Mountaineers are as good as just about anyone in the conference. They let up 30 to an extremely underrated Maryland squad that has one of the best QBs in the country. They only allowed Oklahoma to score 16 points last week, in a game that no one expected to be close.
Tech is going into a very hostile environment after getting beat down in Austin. The biggest question is, how do they respond? Matt Wells has given us no reason in the past to believe they will bounce back. Tech has a lot of questions to answer, but the question is will they? Or will they just roll over and give up on this season.
You win this game, you have a very good chance at a bowl game with a night game against TCU and Kansas on the schedule.
I would also like to throw this out there, Matt Wells has not lost to West Virginia since coming to Tech, and that heavily sways my prediction.
Tech needs to respond in a big way, and I actually think if the defense steps up they have a really good chance to win this game. After facing Bijan Robinson, the road doesn’t get much easier against Leddie Brown, but the defense can’t possibly be that bad twice in a row.
Final Score Prediction: Tech 20 - WVU 17
Disclaimer: I understand that after last week, my picks are not reliable whatsoever. I went 0-5 in the site pick’ em and it’s a bad look, but if you continue to listen to my picks hopefully I’ll get back on track. Wreck Em!