Texas at West Virginia: 11/20/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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West Virginia Mountaineers (4-6) vs Texas Longhorns (4-6)
Game Info: Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium)
Betting Odds: West Virginia Mountaineers -3 -- Over/Under: 56.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Texas Longhorns will travel to Milan Puskar Stadium to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Texas Longhorns lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 4-6 on the season after being defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks, 57-56 (OT), this past Saturday. Texas was able to score 14-unanswered points over the final 4:39 in regulation to force OT and scored a TD in the opening possession of OT, however, Kansas was able to answer with a 2-yard TD run by Devin Neal and pulled off the huge upset after converting the 2-point play. Texas outgained Kansas by a 574-420 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 4-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Longhorns was QB Casey Thompson who completed 30 of 43 passes for 358 yards, 6 TD, & 1 INT.
On the season, Texas is averaging 37.8 ppg on 435.8 total yards per game (238.1 passing yds/g; 197.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Texas has been led by RB Bijan Robinson who has rushed for 1127 yards & 11 TD on 195 carries while also hauling in 26 receptions for 295 yards & 4 TD. QB Casey Thompson has completed 64.3% of his passes for 1914 yards, 23 TD, & 7 INT while also rushing for 4 TD. The leading receivers for the Longhorns have been Xavier Worthy (49 rec, 831 yards, 11 TD), Jordan Whittington (24 rec, 359 yards, 3 TD), & Joshua Moore (24 rec, 265 yards, 3 TD).
Defensively, Texas is allowing their opponents to average 32.5 ppg on 435.5 total yards per game (232.2 passing yds/g; 203.3 rushing yds/g).
The West Virginia Mountaineers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 4-6 on the season after being defeated by the Kansas State Wildcats, 34-17, this past Saturday. West Virginia struggled with turnovers against the Wildcats and could not fight after a 4-yard TD run by Deuce Vaughn gave Kansas State a 31-17 lead with 7:22 left in the 4th quarter. West Virginia outgained Kansas State by a 345-299 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was QB Jarret Doege who completed 27 of 45 passes for 268 yards, 2 TD, & 2 INT.
On the season, West Virginia is averaging 25.7 ppg on 372.3 total yards per game (260.7 passing yds/g; 111.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, West Virginia has been led by RB Leddie Brown who has rushed for 751 yards & 11 TD on 171 carries while also hauling in 30 receptions for 198 yards & 1 TD. QB Jarret Doege has completed 65.5% of his passes for 2448 yards, 13 TD, & 10 INT. The top receiving threats for the Mountaineers have been Winston Wright Jr. (51 rec, 576 yards, 2 TD), Bryce Ford-Wheaton (37 rec, 502 yards, 3 TD), Sam James (32 rec, 389 yards, 3 TD), & Isaiah Esdale (26 rec, 343 yards, TD).
Defensively, West Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 24.1 ppg on 350.9 total yards per game (224.0 passing yds/g; 126.9 rushing yds/g).
The Longhorns are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog. The Mountaineers are 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 games as a home favorite and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 home games.
Texas certainly has some offensive talent, however, it’s hard to imagine the Longhorns coming out strong after being upset at home against Kansas last week. Texas has been awful defensively during their 5-game losing streak and between the fact that the West Virginia has enough offensive weapons to put up plenty of points and a defense that should give Texas trouble, I think the play here is to take the Mountaineers to cover this spread. Good Luck!