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Staff Predictions – Texas vs. West Virginia

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Texas is set to square off against West Virginia at 11:00 am at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday.  The Longhorns need one more win to become bowl eligible, while West Virginia remains in the hunt for a share of the Big 12 regular season crown.

The HornSports Staff give their predictions on the outcome of Saturday’s game in Morgantown.

Aaron Carrara

Texas hasn’t had the better of West Virginia in Morgantown since the Mack Brown era in Austin.  The weather forecast for Morgantown calls for rain and a 50 degree game time temperature.  The Mountaineer run defense is porous and the Longhorns are devoid of a running game, which we will call a wash.  Will Grier and the West Virginia offense have the capacity to gobble up yardage, while the Texas defense prides itself in solid run-stopping.  To me, the storyline in this game revolves around the Longhorns’ ability to contain the Mountaineer air raid.  Texas will stop the run, but the secondary needs to stop or limit the big plays, or this game could get out of hand, and fast.  I’m not confident in Texas’ ability to score points, if put in a position of need, and the Mountaineers win their third straight against the Longhorns.

Score Prediction: West Virginia 38, Texas 24

Jameson McCausland

It has been hard to get a read on West Virginia this season. The Mountaineers have an impressive 7-3 record, but have failed the eye test at times. The WVU defense ranks in the bottom half of the conference, but I am not sure the Texas offense can take advantage.

If Texas tries to play the QB rotation game for 4 quarters, West Virginia will win handily. The Longhorns need to hope Sam Ehlinger or Shane Buechele establish themselves as the hot hand early enough to get the offense in a rhythm.

In the end, I think West Virginia is going to put together more quality drives than Texas. Will Grier is very good, and the offensive weapons he has will give the Texas defense some problems. I expect this game to be competitive for 4 quarters, but the Mountaineers will pull away late for a win.

Score Prediction: West Virginia 24, Texas 14

Daniel Seahorn

All things considered this is a tough matchup for Texas. The Mountaineers are capable of hanging crooked numbers on defenses and with the Longhorn secondary lacking Holton Hill, I think things will be tough sledding back there. David Sills has caught 18 touchdowns, while Ka’Raun White has reeled in 10 touchdowns, so the back end of the defense will have its hands full on Saturday.

As far as the Longhorn offense goes, I’d bet we see more of Sam Ehlinger this week after only seeing him for one first half series and in garbage time against Kansas. We should also see the return of Connor Williams, which is also encouraging for a struggling offense who has struggled to protect the quarterback all year long.

I had this matchup pegged as a loss looking at the schedule on in the year considering it’s on the road against a team Texas has struggled against and
my feeling really hasn’t changed based on how the season has played out. I don’t see this one going Texas’ way all things considered.

Score Prediction: West Virginia 34, Texas 24

Ross Labenske

Texas will be looking for their first win versus the Mountaineers since 2014, when Charlie Strong was still head coach. And this WVU team is stacked, and thanks to the leadership of QB Will Grier, have one of the best offenses in the nation. West Virginia’s rush D is one of the worst in the nation, but unfortunately for the Longhorns their run game has been inept all season. The Mountaineers will be playing for at least a share of the Bug 12 crown, as long as they win out. All in all it may prove to be too much for the ‘Horns, whose postseason aspirations may take a significant hit if they lose come Saturday.

Score Prediction: West Virginia 30, Texas 21

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Aaron Carrara is the founder and publisher of HornSports and has covered University of Texas athletics since 2011. Aaron is a member of the Football Writer's Association of America and the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association and is a proud father to three boys.

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Top Plays: Texas vs. Baylor

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The Texas Longhorns held on to beat the Baylor Bears 23-17 last Saturday in Austin to win their sixth straight game, improving to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in Big 12 play.  Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger left the game with a shoulder injury on the opening drive and was replaced by junior Shane Buechele. Buechele, who saw his first action on the field since the Longhorns’ bowl game against Missouri last December, finished 20-34 with 184 yards and one touchdown.  True freshman running back Keaontay Ingram surpassed the century mark on the ground, the first in his career, amassing 110 yards on 19 carries.

Texas scored all of its points in the first half and held a 23-10 lead over Baylor at the half. The Bears scored a touchdown in the third quarter to cut the lead to 23-17 and held possession of the ball on the final drive of the game. Todd Orlando’s defense held steady as Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer was pressured and threw a last-effort pass out of the Texas end zone as the game clock expired.

Place your vote for Texas’ top play in the win over Baylor.

Shane Buechele’s 44-yard TD pass to Collin Johnson (4:21 – 2nd quarter)

 

LJ Humphrey’s quarterback keeper for a TD (1:12 – 2nd quarter)

 

Caden Sterns intercepts Charlie Brewer (:44 – 2nd Quarter)

 

Texas defense pressures Brewer on final play of the game (:01 – 4th quarter)

 

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Texas Football 2019 full schedule released

The Longhorns host LSU at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 7

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The Big 12 Conference released the 2019 football schedules for all ten conference schools on Thursday.  The Longhorns’ schedule includes three non-conference games, two of which are against teams from Louisiana. Notably, Texas will host the LSU Tigers on September 7th after a home season-opener against Louisiana Tech, and will complete non-conference play against former Southwest Conference opponent Rice at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Texas will host Texas Tech on Friday, November 29th, the day after Thanksgiving, to wrap up the season.

Full schedule can be found below.

2019 Texas Football Schedule

Aug. 31—Louisiana Tech
Sept. 7—LSU
Sept. 14—at Rice (NRG Stadium)
Sept. 21—Oklahoma State
Oct. 5—at West Virginia
Oct. 12—vs Oklahoma (Cotton Bowl)
Oct. 19—Kansas
Oct. 26—at TCU
Nov. 9—Kansas State
Nov. 16—at Iowa State
Nov. 23—at Baylor
Nov. 29—Texas Tech

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Baylor

Texas narrowly escaped with a victory against Baylor on Saturday, and there are several areas that the Longhorns must clean up to stay atop the Big 12

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Another week, another close ballgame that came down to the final drive for Texas. The Longhorns found themselves behind the eight ball when Sam Ehlinger exited the game with an injury in the 1st quarter, and Baylor ended up giving Texas all they could handle. Regardless, Texas is now 6-1 and sits alone atop of the Big 12 conference standings. The Longhorns will gladly welcome the bye week as they prepare for the final stretch of the season. Let’s take a look at the good and the bad from a 23-17 win over the Bears:

The Good

Texas finally has a 100-yard rusher

For the first time in the Tom Herman era, Texas had a 100-yard rusher. Freshman Keaontay Ingram finished the afternoon with 110 yards on 19 carries. It’s hard to believe it had been 20 games since the Longhorns had someone surpass the 100-yard rushing mark, but it is only appropriate Ingram was the one to break the streak. Ingram continues to see an uptick in touches and has proven to be the best running back on the roster.

Collin Johnson continues to dominate

Texas now has a good problem on their hands. Collin Johnson is playing himself into position to be a potential high NFL draft pick, and I don’t think you will find many people who are upset about it. Johnson has cemented himself as a number 1 receiver after turning in another great performance on Saturday, hauling in 11 receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown. The biggest improvement he has made from his first two seasons is his physicality. Johnson has proven to be reliable going over the middle of the field while also also improving his ability beat corners off the line of scrimmage.

The Bad

Punting

It’s hard to find a lot of negative when you look at Ryan Bujcevski’s stat line: 47.8 yards per punt and 3 punts inside the 20. Unfortunately, the stats do not tell the full story. Texas continues to have major issues getting punts off in a timely manner, and I am beginning to think it is more on Bujcevski than the protection unit. The Aussie takes far too long to get the ball off his foot once he receives the snap. Baylor nearly had a block yesterday, and it is a minor miracle the Longhorns have not had a punt blocked this year.

Opening drive scores

The Texas defense has had a tough time stopping opponents on their opening drives this season. In the 7 opening drives opponents have had against the Longhorns this year, 5 have ended in either a touchdown or field goal. Todd Orlando has stressed the importance of starting fast on defense, but a trend has emerged.

Cameron Dicker comes back to earth

Cameron Dicker carried over his momentum from his game winner against Oklahoma, going 3 for 3 on field goals in the first half, including a 47-yarder to end the half. The second half was a different story. Dicker missed a 34-yard attempt late in the 4th quarter that would have given Texas a 9-point lead. He followed it up with a miss from 51 yards. It has been a roller coaster ride for Tom Herman as he tries to manage the punting and kicking unit, but it’s hard to expect anything less since he is having to trot out a true freshman punter and kicker.

The Ugly

Zero second half points

The Longhorns had 5 drives in the second half — 2 ending in punts, 2 in missed field goals and one with an interception. Similar to the Kansas State game, the Texas offense moved the ball at times in the second half but were hurt by the inability to finish drives. Tom Herman and the offensive staff have shown improvements in making halftime adjustments, but the staff failed to put Shane Buechele and the offense in a position to finish off drives against a Baylor defense that ranked at or near the bottom of the Big 12 in nearly every major statistical category.

Sam Ehlinger’s injury

Texas fans now have a greater appreciation for Sam Ehlinger after watching the offense try to operate for almost 4 full quarters without him. Shane Buechele is considered a quality passer, but he fails to bring the running dimension to the offense that Ehlinger brings. The Longhorn offense is built around Ehlinger, and if he were to miss any extended period of time, it would not be good. If he is healthy enough for Oklahoma State, he needs to play. The Texas offense is not good enough to plug in the backup and rest the starter, even against a team like Oklahoma State.

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Ehlinger’s MRI results show shoulder sprain

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Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger left the Baylor game in the opening series after suffering a shoulder injury.  Ehlinger left for the locker room to be evaluated and was replaced by backup Shane Buechele.  He returned to the field but remained on the sideline with a headset on for the duration of the game.  The Longhorns, behind Buechele, held on to defeat the Bears 23-17 and improved to 6-1 overall on the season.

In his postgame media availability, head coach Tom Herman expressed uncertainty about the injury to his sophomore quarterback, who led the Longhorns to five straight wins before the injury.

“I think any time you hurt a throwing shoulder, my level of concern is greater than zero, but I don’t know enough. I’ve got to be educated more on it.”

Ehlinger’s MRI results revealed a first degree sprained shoulder, which is good news for the Longhorns, who travel to Stillwater in two weeks to face Oklahoma State.

Ehlinger has thrown for 1,534 yards and 11 touchdowns this season with just two interceptions. He has also rushed for 230 yards and 6 touchdowns.

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