West Virginia visits Texas in Austin after beating Virginia Tech last week pretty soundly. Texas is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Texas Tech in overtime last week too. This should be an interesting matchup. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
West Virginia vs. Texas Odds
Texas is a 9.5-point favorite against West Virginia, and is also at -325 on the money line. The over/under also sits at 62. Texas being that big of a favorite makes sense because it’s a home game and a prime spot to rebound after an emotional loss to a rival. Texas also has a better resume so far up to this point than West Virginia. The over/under being at 62 makes sense too. Texas should be able to score, especially on the ground, and they might be getting their starting quarterback back too. The West Virginia offense has been able to score too, so this total makes sense even if it seems high.
West Virginia vs. Texas Prediction & Pick
The pick: Texas -9.5
This isn’t as much of a slight against West Virginia, but just the fact that this seems like a good rebound spot for Texas. The Longhorns lost in a crushing way to Texas Tech last week in Lubbock, after Bijan Robinson fumbled the ball in overtime. That loss was very tough, and it sets up Texas to rebound this week. Bijan Robinson will be the key to this game for the Longhorns, especially if Quinn Ewers can’t go again. Robinson is one of the most talented running backs in the entire country and should rise to the occasion, especially after what happened last week too. There seems to be a 50-50 chance the Longhorns get Ewers back for this game. This would be huge because he could be key for the Longhorns to turn their season around. If he’s not back in this game, it will put Texas in a bad situation for the Red River Rivalry the very next week too. West Virginia’s biggest weakness this year is their defense, where they are giving up 27 points and 303 total yards. Expect Texas to take advantage of this. Take the Longhorns here, and bet on Bijan Robinson because he’ll be the best player in this game.
West Virginia vs. Texas Key Matchups
Can West Virginia contain Bijan Robinson at all? Will the Texas passing defense have any answer for JT Daniels?
Bijan Robinson vs the West Virginia Rushing Defense
Bijan Robinson is one of the best running backs in the entire country. It is going to be difficult for any team to try and contain him on the ground, even Alabama had a tough time doing that. He has rushed for 412 yards on the ground, and also has seven touchdowns on the ground. His best game so far was against UTSA, where he rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Robinson could have a great game here because West Virginia has been giving up 98 yards on the ground on average. The most yards they’ve given up on the ground in a game this year was 200 to Kansas. This matchup could be pivotal to deciding who wins this game.
JT Daniels vs the Texas Passing Defense
JT Daniels has had a good start and rebound up to this point after transferring from USC and then Georgia, before ending up in West Virginia. This year he has 956 passing yards and seven touchdowns to two interceptions. He also has a 65% completion percentage on the year too. His best game this year came against Kansas when he threw for 355 passing yards. The Longhorns have been up and down so far on defense. Up to this point, they have given up an average of 245 yards through the air. The most they have given up through the air was just last week against Texas Tech, when they threw for 331 passing yards. This matchup will be key in the Mountaineers having any chance to win this game.