Saturday, November 7, 2020, Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas, noon. ET
Mountaineers at Longhorns Betting Preview: Mountaineers (+6.5), Longhorns (-6.5)
West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Preview
The unranked Mountaineers (4-2, 3-2 Big 12) are coming off their biggest win over a Top 25 opponent since a 70-33 romp past Clemson in the 2012 Orange Bowl after whipping then-No. 16 Kansas State 37-10 in Morgantown last week.
The Mountaineers rolled up 485 yards in total offense and held the Wildcats to just 225 and also came up with three interceptions. The Mountaineers rushed for 184 yards and held the Wildcats to just 41.
Rushing defense and rushing offense has been the key for West Virginia all year. In the Mountaineers’ two losses this season, the ground game averaged 79.5 yards a game while the defense surrendered an average of 191.
“We’ve made drastic improvements in both,” Mountaineers coach Neal Brown said. “We’ve embraced who we have to be, not only on defense, but our entire team — and that’s a gritty team.
“We’ve got to be able to overcome adversity and play at an extremely high level and be physical. That’s who our identity has got to be if we want to be successful.”
Leddie Brown rushed for 102 yards against the Wildcats to raise his season total to 695 in six games, an average of 115.7 per game. Alec Sinkfield has rushed for 301 yards.
Jarret Doege has completed 64.2 percent of his 232 pass attempts for 1,690 yards and 11 touchdowns against three interceptions.
Texas Longhorns Betting Preview
After falling from a Top 10 ranking completely out of the Top 25 following losses to TCU and Oklahoma, the No. 22 Longhorns (4-2, 3-2 Big 12) have bounced back and will be facing one of the country’s top defenses statistically against West Virginia.
The Mountaineers rank in the top 10 in rushing defense (10th), pass defense (fifth), total defense (fourth) and interceptions (ninth). The Longhorns managed only 287 yards in their overtime win over Oklahoma State last week, coming up with four turnovers to make up for the lack of production.
Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger called the Mountaineers a “incredible team.”
“We look at every game as the next one,” he said. “We certainly can’t form a mindset that one win was bigger than any of the other ones, because that’s how games sneak up on you. I don’t think there’s any reason we can’t win the rest of our games.”
The Longhorns have 266 points, 134 first downs, 2,697 yards of total offense and 34 offensive touchdowns. Their 266 points are their best tally at the six-game mark of a season since 2008.
The Longhorns rank No. 8 nationally in scoring offense (44.3 points per game), 23rd in total offense (449.5 yards per game) and 25th in passing offense (284.2).
But there is a huge caveat to those numbers. The Longhorns will be without junior running back Keaontay Ingram, who could miss multiple games due to a high-ankle sprain suffered against Oklahoma State last week, Longhorns coach Tom Herman said.
Ingram has rushed for a team-high 284 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Ehlinger has passed for 275 yards a game with 20 touchdowns against five interceptions.
Mountaineers at Longhorns Betting Pick for November 7, 2020
Ehlinger passed for 211 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two more scores to lead the Longhorns to a 42-31 win over the Mountaineers in Morgantown last year. The Mountaineers are 4-1 against the Longhorns in games played in Austin.
Mountaineers at Longhorns Betting Pick:
Longhorns 41, Mountaineers 20
Mountaineers at Longhorns Best Bet for November 7, 2020
West Virginia’s defense held Kansas State to just 84 yards rushing in last week’s 37-10 win over the Wildcats and have held opponents to an average of only 19.8 points a game for the season.
The Longhorns have scored at a 44.3 points per game clip but a big part of that came in a 59-0 rout of UTEP, a 53-45 four-overtime loss to Oklahoma, and a 63-56 overtime win over Texas Tech.
Mountaineers at Longhorns Best Bet: OVER 57.5