Longhorns host Mountaineers in Week 6 action
West Virginia Mountaineers vs Texas Longhorns Odds
Conference rivals Pitt and Syracuse meet for last time as members of the Big East before they both bolt for the ACC next year when they play at the Carrier Dome Friday night (7 pm ET, ESPN).
Pittsburgh (2-2), which has won the last seven games in this series, was an early three-point favorite over the 1-3 'Cuse.
Betting Line: The home team opened as 6.5-point favorites in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to posted shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Longhorns rated this week at No. 10 and the Mountaineers sitting at No. 35. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 65-59 result in favor of the Longhorns this week.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Texas's No. 9-ranked offense (47.2 PPG) against a Mountaineers defense that ranks No. 96 at 32.5 PPG. The Longhorns passing attack has averaged 267.8 yards per game, less than the Mountaineers give up through the air (352.8 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Mountaineers feature the league's No. 73-rated road run defense, allowing 188 yards per game. Texas, meanwhile, ranks No. 38 in rushing offense at home.
West Virginia was a 70-63 winner in its last match at home against Baylor. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 133 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Geno Smith led his team to victory last time out, throwing for 656 yards Saturday as the Mountaineers downed the Bears 70-63 at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Texas was a 41-36 winner in its last match on the road against Oklahoma State. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 77 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. In their last game, Texas's aerial attack generated 304 yards and the Longhorns came away with a 41-36 victory over Oklahoma State at Boone Pickens Stadium.
West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 8-2
Texas Longhorns Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 5-5
A few Mountaineers at Longhorns trends to consider:
West Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
West Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas's last 9 games
West Virginia at Texas Tech, Saturday, October 13
Texas at Oklahoma, Saturday, October 13