Texas will travel to Morgantown to face West Virginia in Week 12.
Each program has underwhelmed this season as they currently sit with identical 4-6 records. However, there’s still something to play for this week. The loser of this matchup will not be eligible for a bowl game.
As Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian mentioned this week, becoming bowl eligible would allow the Longhorns to benefit from an extra few weeks of practice. They’ll need to defeat West Virginia and Kansas State in back-to-back weeks in order to reach the postseason.
Tipico Sportsbook views West Virginia as the slight favorites in this matchup. Will the Longhorns be able to escape Morgantown with a win?
Staff predicts the game
If the Longhorns couldn’t pick up a win over Kansas at home against a backup quarterback, I don’t see them winning this game without Bijan Robinson.
West Virginia, like Texas, has been extremely inconsistent all season, but at the rate Texas is losing I just don’t see them being able to get out of their own way and record a win for the rest of the season.
This Texas defense has a keen ability when it comes to making the opposing running back look like a prime Barry Sanders, and West Virginia’s Leddie Brown is actually a really dangerous player, so that does not bode well for Texas at all.
I have zero confidence in everyone not named Xavier Worthy, and unfortunately am predicting the continuing of this downfall.
West Virginia 42, Texas 30
On paper Texas and West Virginia is a very even matchup. Each possess 4-6 records, inconsistencies on both sides of the ball, and a losing streak entering this weekend.
Not having Bijan Robinson will be challenging for a Texas offense that relies heavily on running the ball. The Mountaineers have a very good run defense that can give Texas all sorts of problems on early downs.
Running back Leddie Brown is the X-factor for West Virginia. The Mountaineers do not have a very potent passing attack so much of their success on offense depends on Brown. They are 1-6 when Brown fails to reach the 100-yard mark on the ground.
I do not see this Texas team pulling off a road victory without Bijan Robinson. Unless the Horns magically find a run defense, I expect West Virginia to win comfortably.
West Virginia 31, Texas 17
I stated earlier this week that I had faith in Texas to reach a bowl game. I don’t feel as confident as I did a few days ago. The inexcusable loss to Kansas at home while being a 30+ point favorite looks worse each day that passes.
Although losing Bijan Robinson for the remainder of the season due to an elbow injury is crucial, Roschon Johnson is capable of carrying the load against teams like West Virginia and Kansas State. Perhaps we’ll finally see more touches go to speedy playmaker Keilan Robinson, too. Regardless, I don’t have an ounce of faith in Texas’ run defense.
Having Jordan Whittington return should help Texas’ passing game and keep the game somewhat close, but the general feel is that this team is aware of the attrition coming and are already looking ahead to next season.
West Virginia 31, Texas 27