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Blue Gold Sports Staff Predictions Game Eleven: Texas Longhorns

Ashley O’Brien: It’s safe to say this season has been a rollercoaster. From the Virginia Tech upset to last week’s collapse at Kansas State, West Virginia fans never know what to expect. I think overall this team has more talent that they have consistently shown on the field and I’m hopeful that talent is on full display. The Texas Longhorns have had a wild season, with as many ups and downs as West Virginia while under their first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian. I think the Mountaineers finally show up committed to playing all four quarters of football in Morgantown Saturday afternoon, but it’s still a nail biter.

West Virginia 24, Texas 21

Ethan Bock: What appears to be one of the most crucial games in the Neal Brown era, I’ll take the unpopular opinion and say that West Virginia does not show up once again. This is a streaky team. There has also been many times this season where WVU has a big game at home with a lot of festivities, and they get distracted. Texas is on a five-game losing streak and will be without Bijan Robinson. They’ve got to end their streak at some point, and they’re still playing for a bowl game as well.

Texas 28, West Virginia 13

Wesley Shoemaker: Heading into the season I did not think West Virginia’s home finale which features a game against Texas would mean we have two teams fighting for bowl eligibility, with identical 4-6 records. Texas has more talent, Texas has played better for the majority of this season, but after the way they played against Kansas last week, they look checked out. The loss of Bijan Robinson to injury does not help the Longhorns either. I think the home crowd and it being senior day will lead to an inspired performance from the West Virginia defense and I think West Virginia finally shows up and wins.

West Virginia 31, Texas, 20

Quinn Burkitt: Both West Virginia and Texas stroll into this game with each team currently in a funk as the Longhorns have lost five games in a row and the Mountaineers are coming off some blunders to Kansas State. Both teams also sit at a 4-6 mark through 10 weeks of the season and need two more wins to be bowl eligible. Even with Texas’ star running back Bijan Robinson being forced out for the remainder of the season, backup Roschon Johnson has shown flashes of electric rushing in the backfield. However, I believe the West Virginia defensive front including senior defensive linemen Dante Stills and Vandarius Cowan on Senior Day in Milan Puskar Stadium.

West Virginia 28, Texas, 20

Carleigh Minor: Moving on from a devastating loss against Kansas State, I think that WVU will buckle down and win their next game. Looking at the stats from Texas, I think this is a team WVU can work around and leave the field with a win. The football team has to win two more games in order to be qualified for a bowl. For this reason, I think they’ll have a very strong game, with Leddie Brown making some runs again and starting the game off strong. I hope the offense can form some communication in the game, compared to their last game, and make some improvements.

West Virginia 20, Texas 18

Aaron Parker: With WVU in need of two straight wins to clinch a bowl game, Saturday’s matchup with Texas will be vital. Texas is coming off an embarrassing loss against Kansas, so you know the Longhorns will be ready to make that right. I think there will be some sloppiness that ensues in the first half, but I think both teams will shape up in the second half. I see Leddie Brown finding the end zone along with a touchdown or two thrown by Jarret Doege. I think the game of sloppiness will come down to a field goal, and I think Casey Legg will be the hero for the Mountaineers late.

West Virginia 27, Texas 24

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