West Virginia Moutaineers vs. Texas Longhorns NCAAF Free Pick

Published November 8, 2014.
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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.