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October 14, 2013
After a much needed bye week West Virginia (3-3, 1-2) will play host to another undefeated, ranked team when No. 15/16 Texas Tech (6-0, 3-0) travels to Morgantown for Saturday's noon matchup.
The Red Raiders are coached by Kliff Kingsbury, who was served as the quarterback for Texas Tech when Dana Holgorsen was on staff. Still, the West Virginia head coach isn't looking too much into the background between the two teams.
"It seems like each and every week we're playing against someone associated with the program or guys I've coached with in the past or guys I've coached in the past," he said. "We don't think too much about it, we worry about our own teams."
Kingsbury has the Red Raiders playing with a passion and confidence early in the season despite playing two separate freshmen quarterback throughout the first half of the season. Texas Tech was playing good football a season ago when West Virginia traveled to Lubbock and fell 49-14.
"Kliff is going a good job of getting them to play at a pretty confident level and a lot of energy," he said.
Holgorsen said that the scheme employed by the Red Raiders is one that West Virginia coaches are familiar with and of course the offensive system is similar as well.
That system will present challenges to the Mountaineers defense due to the fact that Tech is one of the best passing teams in the conference, on top of their ability to run the football in recent weeks.
As far as quarterback health for the Mountaineers, Holgorsen said that Clint Trickett was given the entire week off last week to rest and recuperate from his injuries. Ford Childress was able to rep some throughout the week and both players are expected to practice this coming week in preparation for the Red Raiders.
"Hopefully we're in better shape than we were last week," he said.
Holgorsen said both quarterbacks have indicated that they feel better this week than they did this time a week ago, but they will be evaluated throughout practice.
"Feeling better and going out there and being able to throw 250 balls is a different story," he said.
Holgorsen said that he knows what he is getting with third quarterback Paul Millard and will continue to rep each of the options, to see what the others bring to the table.
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