Game of the Day Preview: No. 8 West Virginia at No. 11 Texas
No. 8 West Virginia and No. 11 Texas might as well leave theirs at home this afternoon in a Big 12 Conference clash that's sure to light up the scoreboard.
The Mountaineers are coming off a 70-63 win (that's the official score, at least — the statitions may or may not have lost count) over Baylor. Quarterback Geno Smith ensured a seat in New York by completing 45-of-51 (88.2 percent) of his passes for 656 yards and a whopping eight touchdowns.
As for the Longhorns, they haven't held back either. They've outscored opponents 189-84 with a well-balanced offensive attack behind David Ash and a string of running backs. Still, UT hasn't seen anything close to what West Virginia brings to the table.
What to expect with West Virginia: Exactly what we've been seeing. Texas' defense isn't what everyone was expecting it to be and has really struggled to find any consistency from the secondary. Geno Smith and Co. will be able to find success by doing what it's been doing — blowing up the stat sheet with an electric passing game.
What to expect with Texas: Attack, attack, attack. QB David Ash has been pretty impressive this year after an abysmal freshman campaign. He's growing as a passer and looks comfortable with the offense. The Texas game plan will be to keep Geno Smith off the field by sustaining long offensive drives and putting more points on the board than the Mountaineers. If that sounds simplistic and concise, well, that's because it is.
Prediction: The winner of this game will have less penalties, turnovers, and punts than its opponent. It very well will be decided by whoever has the final drive. I give the edge to West Virginia for three reasons: Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey, and Tavon Austin. The Mountaineers have too many playmakers for the Longhorns' defense to handle.
West Virginia 41, Texas 40 --- via Week 6 predictions