West Virginia vs. Texas fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 3
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX
West Virginia (6-1) vs. Texas (6-2) Game Preview
One Reason Why West Virginia Will Win
Will Grier and West Virginia, did you see what Taylor Cornelius and the Oklahoma State offense did last week to the Longhorn secondary?
Yeah, do that.
Grier has had the occasional issue with interceptions, and he was held to a dead stop in the loss to Iowa State, but overall the offense has been unstoppable with 332 or more passing yards in each of the six wins.
It’s not like he’s being given a whole lot of time to work, either. It’s possible to generate a pass rush and get to Grier, and it just doesn’t matter.
The Longhorn secondary has allowed 310 yards or more in two of the last three games, getting nailed by Cornelius and the Cowboys for 321 yards and three scores last week.
Texas might be great at tackling, but the secondary can give up big plays in chunks. It might have been able to beat Oklahoma, but Kyler Murray and the guys also went off for 310 yards and four scores.
Grier can at least do that. And he will.
One Reason Why Texas Will Win
Run, run, run.
How did Iowa State get the job done against the Mountaineers a few weeks ago? It ran the ball well, and it kept running. Grier and the offense never got into a groove, and in the end, West Virginia got pushed around on both sides of the ball.
Run for over 200 yards on the Mountaineers, and win. Iowa State was the only team to do that this season.
West Virginia has lost its last four games and is 1-6 when allowing 200 or more since the beginning of 2016. The big issue for Texas?
It doesn’t run the ball all that well. This is the week to give it shot.
The offensive line proved it could get nasty when it had to against Oklahoma, and it’s been reasonably effective at times – even though the Longhorn ground game averages just four yards per carry.
Sam Ehlinger and the passing game are strong, but Texas doesn’t want to get into a shootout with this team through the air.
Pound away. At least, gives a shot early on and keep with it.
What’s Going To Happen
The Texas defense will rise up at home, making amends for last week’s issues against Oklahoma State.
The Longhorns have to slow the game down a bit, even if it’s not in their nature. They have to grind the clock a bit, they have to come up with key third down stops, and they have to keep Grier from getting comfortable.
West Virginia will hit a few home runs, but Texas has to answer fast. If can’t dig the hole like it did in Stillwater. And it won’t.
No, Texas won’t run for 200 yards, but it will be just effective enough come up with two big late drives that keep Grier on the sidelines.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Texas 34, West Virginia 30
Line: Texas -2, o/u: 58
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 4
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