TAMU and Mizzou have easily definable games to measure their success in their new conference. With the SEC full of talented and “better-than-your-average” teams the first games there are a bit more fruitfull in determining a teams instant worth and future impact on a conference.
But for West Virginia entiring a conference ranging widly in collective talent the teams first few games will have to be measured as a determinate for future impact. The game this week againist the longhorns is going to be a better measure of West Virginia as a program.
Longhorns are gonna have to limit an element of the West Virginia offense. The mountaineers are great on offense because of there versatility. If the longhorn defense can prove to shut down one element they can win, be it Geno, Austin, or Alston. That though will be extremely tough considering that each one of these elements had career game last week.
West Virginia has to do one thing to beat Texas and that is stop the run. So far this year the Horns have run for 912 yds with both Joe Bergeron and Malcom Brown having an average of 250 yds a piece and roughly 5 yds a carry. Though Brown won’t be in this game, ankle injury, he has a replacement in Jonathan Gray who has 157 yds on 33 carries this season. Look for Grays influence on the game be key in the outcome.