Big 12 Matchups, Looking Behind, Looking Ahead: Texas
Looking back and looking ahead at WVU’s matchups around the Big 12.
The second-to last game of the season brings the Texas Longhorns to Morgantown in what may be one of the season’s most-anticipated games. The West Virginia-Texas game has become one of the more anticipated, exciting games of the season. All Big 12 games are exciting, but there is something gritty and nail-biting about playing the Longhorns that make these games fun to watch. It is certain that this year’s last home game of the season will not disappoint in terms of excitement, so much so that preseason this game it that weekend’s bold matchup for the return of ESPN’s College Gameday broadcast.
The series between the two teams rests in West Virginia’s favor at 3-2 as the Longhorns return to Morgantown. If the season goes well for the Mountaineers, this game could carry a great amount of momentum for the team going into the final week of the regular season. Last season, the Mountaineers overcame the Longhorns 24-20 in Austin.
The biggest story line for Texas leading up to the season has been whether or not Texas is in fact “back.” The Longhorns are preparing for their first season under head coach Tom Herman and there has been a great amount of hype about the Longhorns leading up to the first weeks of the season. Returning quarterback Shane Buechele is not entirely certain if he will be the starting quarterback, but it is likely. That being said, Buechele has been competing with freshman Sam Ehlinger for the starting position as the team hopes to have a better season than the 5-7 2016 season.
Longhorns head coach Herman hopes to see less mistakes and turnovers at the helm of the quarterback, so as an outsider it can be said that the starting position for Texas will be given to whomever is most efficient.
In the words of Coach Herman, the team is currently a 5-7 team, as they have not played a game yet to gauge for improvement from last season. While it is clear the future is unknown as to how the season will play out, it is almost fact that Mountaineers fans would certainly enjoy playing host to ESPN’s College Gameday this season.
Tell us, what are you thoughts? Is Texas really “back” or is it hype? How will this game play out for the Mountaineers?