West Virginia Moutaineers vs. Texas Longhorns NCAAF Free Pick
West Virginia (-3) at Texas 3:30 ET FS1
These teams look little like the entities who faced off in Morgantown last year, when good-hit no field Texas emerged with a 47-40 victory against a Mountaineer team who was doing little right as they reached the nadir of their discontent under 4th year HC Holgorsen with a 4-8 SU, 3-8 ATS mark. This year, under 1st year HC Strong, a Texas team with an improved defense plays this game following a 34-13 victory at bottom of the barrel, TTRR, to boost themselves to Super Surger status at 4-5 SU. Mounties are vastly improved across the board. The 3-3-5 defense is a notch above last season, while behind QB Trickett, the Mounties are averaging 36 PPG on over 500 YPG. There is even balance, at 182/4.0 overland, to their spread attack. Big question is whether they can rebound on the road following a 31-30 home loss to TCU in which they led by 9, but fell by a FG at the gun.