Holgorsen's Take: Big 12 Telconference

Keenan Cummings, Managing Editor
WV Sports

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West Virginia will look to bounce back at home against a Texas Tech team that entered the national polls this week at No. 23.

The Red Raiders have started the season 4-1, with the only defeat coming at the hands of Oklahoma State. That start has placed Texas Tech at No. 23 in the Associated Press Poll, while the program is just outside the Coaches Poll.

One big difference for the Red Raiders has been on the defensive side where they are yielding 437-yards per game and are perched one spot ahead of where the Mountaineers rank nationally. Coordinator David Gibbs has a lot of new faces to work with on that side and the unit is playing with energy and creating turnovers.

"Just a matter of time before he got those guys right," he said.

Holgorsen said that Texas Tech is also putting more emphasis on the run game, which makes defending Kliff Kingsbury's offense much more difficult given the potency of the passing attack with Nic Shimonek triggering the offense. The Red Raiders are coming off a game where they rushed for 313-yards against Kansas.

Over the past couple seasons, West Virginia has been able to have success against the Texas Tech offenses and Holgorsen credited that to both coordinator Tony Gibson as well as the former players on the roster. This year, will be no different when it comes to the challenges that the Red Raiders will present with their offense.

Holgorsen said that the addition of offensive coordinator Jake Spavital has helped in the fact that he has been able to give individual attention to redshirt junior quarterback Will Grier as well as put more emphasis on the quarterback position.

The offense is currently ranked third in the nation with 577-yards per game, trailing only fellow Big 12 programs Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

West Virginia will play host to Texas Tech inside Milan Puskar Stadium at noon. The game will be televised by ESPNU. After losing the first two games in the series, the Mountaineers have beaten Texas Tech three consecutive times.

The Big 12 Conference also has announced that the Oct. 21 game at Baylor will be an 8 p.m. kickoff and the game will be televised by FS1 or FS2.

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