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West Virginia vs. Texas Tech to Start at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2

A weird time slot for the Mountaineers in their second Big 12 road trip.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 09 Texas Tech at West Virginia Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Big 12 Conference today announced that the West Virginia-Texas Tech game on Saturday, Oct. 24, will start at 5:30 p.m. ET and broadcast on ESPN2 from Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.

This will be the first time WVU has started a regular-season game in the 5 p.m. ET hour since joining the Big 12. Both Russell Athletic/Camping World Bowl games kicked off in this hour. Obviously, this kickoff will be at 4:30 p.m. in Lubbock.

The Mountaineers (2-1, 1-1) were off this weekend while the Red Raiders (1-3, 0-3) lost to Iowa State 31-15. WVU plays Kansas at home this Saturday, Oct. 17, and TTU is off.

WVU is 6-3 in the all-time series, 5-3 in Big 12 competitions against TTU. Last season, the Red Raiders routed the Mountaineers in Morgantown, 38-17, snapping their five-game losing streak.

Current starting QB Jarret Doege made his first appearance for the Old Gold and Blue last year against Texas Tech. He replaced Austin Kendall on the final snap of the third quarter and played the rest of the game.

Last time in a conference road game, WVU lost to Oklahoma State 27-13, unable to finish drives and committing 12 penalties. Texas Tech’s only home conference game was a shootout with Texas, which they lost 56-63.

The most combined points scored in this series are 81 in a 46-35 WVU win in 2017. Texas Tech dropped 49 on WVU in Morgantown in 2012 and WVU scored 48 points in 2016. Three times WVU has eclipsed 40 points in a game and TTU has only achieved this once.