Texas vs. West Virginia prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen during Saturday’s Big 12 game between the Longhorns and Mountaineers.
It’s going to come down to whether or not the Mountaineers can stop D’Onta Foreman. Hint: They won’t. It’s true that West Virginia’s seven rushing touchdowns allowed are the fewest in the Big 12. That’s nice and all, but Foreman is the best running back the Mountaineers are going to see. Put Foreman down for 175 yards and three touchdowns in Texas’ victory.
D’Onta Foreman has been on fire, but he’ll have a test against a stout defense West Virginia defense. To my mind, it comes down to which team is more disciplined, and that lies with the Mountaineers. Texas is on an upward trajectory, but it makes too many of the mistakes – penalties, turnovers – that tend to be a death knell for mediocre teams. West Virginia, who is strangely the Vegas underdog, wins it.
I love Charlie Strong as a head coach. I’m excited about Texas’ future with Shane Buechele at quarterback, and I think D’Onta Foreman is such a beast and such an undervalued tailback in this league, it’s ridiculous. But I’m still picking West Virginia. Skyler Howard will protect the ball and throw for 200 yards in this one. He’ll sling a few touchdowns and lead the Mountaineers to a two-possession win.
Hey, look! It is a game that Texas should win, but might not and that will cause Longhorns fans and boosters to get their pants in a wad because, “We’re Texas! We are supposed to win everything. George Bush is a living saint. So is the other George Bush.” Yeah, your program is nowhere at that level yet, compradres.
Oh, right. The game. Texas does actually win and Foreman has another big game.