West Virginia at Texas: 11/7/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Texas Longhorns (4-2) vs West Virginia Mountaineers (4-2)
Game Info: Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium/Jamail Field)
Betting Odds: Texas Longhorns -7 -- Over/Under: 58.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium to take on the 22nd ranked Texas Longhorns this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The West Virginia Mountaineers improved to 4-2 (3-2 Big 12) on the season after defeating the 16th ranked Kansas State Wildcats, 37-10, this past Saturday. West Virginia was outstanding on both sides of the ball against Kansas State and has no trouble securing the victory after taking a 24-3 lead with 3:38 left in the 1st half. West Virginia outgained Kansas State by a 485-225 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was QB Jarret Doege who completed 22 of 34 passes for 301 yards & 2 TD’s.
On the season, West Virginia is averaging 33.0 ppg on 464.8 total yards per game (292.8 passing yds/g; 172.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, West Virginia has been led by QB Jarret Doege who has completed 64.2% of his passes for 1,690 yards, 11 TD, & 3 INT. The top receiving threats for Doege and the Mountaineers have been Winston Wright Jr. (32 rec, 391 yards, 2 TD), Bryce Ford-Wheaton (16 rec, 301 yards, 3 TD), and Sam James (26 rec, 242 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the West Virginia backfield has been Leddie Brown (126 att, 694 yards, 8 TD; 23 rec, 166 yards, 2 TD) and Alec Sinkfield (62 att, 301 yards, 3 TD).
Defensively, West Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 19.8 ppg on 255.7 total yards per game (157.8 passing yds/g; 97.8 rushing yds/).
The 22nd Texas Longhorns won their 2nd straight game and improved to 4-2 (3-2 Big 12) on the season after upsetting the 6th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys, 41-34 in OT., this past Saturday. In an exciting back-and-forth game that went into OT, Texas was able to get a big defensive stop to win the game after they opened up OT with a TD. Texas was outgained by an Oklahoma State by a 530-287 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 5-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Longhorns was QB Sam Ehlinger who completed 18 of 34 passes for 169 yards & 3 TD’s.
On the season, Texas is averaging 44.3 ppg on 449.5 total yards per game (284.2 passing yds/g; 165.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Texas has been led by QB Sam Ehlinger who has completed 60.3% of his passes for 1,650 yards, 20 TD, & 5 INT. Ehlinger is also the leading rusher for Texas as he has 284 rushing yards & 7 TD on 78 carries. The top receiving threats for Ehlinger and the Longhorns have been Joshua Moore (22 rec, 343 yards, 7 TD), Brennan Eagles (15 rec, 243 yards, 4 TD), Tarik Black (8 rec, 188 yards, TD), and Jared Wiley (7 rec, 152 yards). In the backfield for the Longhorns have been the trio of Keaontay Ingram (53 att, 250 yards, TD), Roschon Johnson (42 att, 192 yards, 2 TD), and Bijan Robinson (39 att, 181 yards).
Defensively, Texas is allowing their opponents to average 32.5 ppg on 407.8 total yards per game (277.5 passing yds/g; 130.3 rushing yds/g).
The Mountaineers are 4-2 ATS on the season and 2-2 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Longhorns are 2-3-1 ATS on the season, however, are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Texas was able to pull out a big win over Oklahoma State, but I’m not sold on the Longhorns as they haven't looked good for the majority of the year and I think their victory over Oklahoma State was more do to Oklahoma State losing it with unforced errors than the Longhorns winning it with solid play. Texas offense certainly has plenty of offensive weapons, however, this is a very good West Virginia defense and as I think Jarret Doege & Leddie Brown will put up plenty of offense against the Texas defense, I think the play here is to take West Virginia and the points. Good Luck!