The Texas Tech defense is bad – really bad. Not only do they have the worst total defense in the Big 12 right now, but also the worst passing defense. Opposing quarterbacks have had their way with the Red Raiders’ defense, and barring some miracle, this trend will likely continue.
Jarret Doege has had an uneven start to his 2020 campaign. After looking solid against Eastern Kentucky, he followed that up with two subpar performances against Oklahoma State and Baylor – albeit he pulled out the victory over the Bears. He rebounded with a 318 yard, three touchdown performance against Kansas last Saturday. Doege will be looking to build on that success, and there is no better team to do that against than Texas Tech.
If his wide receivers can finally get over their case of the drops, there is no excuse for Doege not to have a career day against Texas Tech. This is a defense that allowed Houston Baptist’s quarterback, Bailey Zappe, to throw for 567 yards and four touchdowns. Yes, the Houston Baptist Huskies who had never played a FBS opponent prior to their matchup with Texas Tech.
Even as horrendous as the Mountaineer offense was last season, they were still able to put up 498 passing yards as a team when the Red Raiders traveled to Morgantown. I expect Neal Brown to open up his offense more this week, and give Jarret Doege more opportunities to prove his worth in the Big 12 Conference. If an incompetent passing game can be that successful against a Texas Tech defense that is virtually unimproved, why couldn’t Doege have similar numbers?
Saturday will be a good callback to the Geno Smith days as Jarret Doege finally finds his rhythm, and cements himself as WVU’s starter with video game-like passing numbers.