This week is “Texas Hate Week” for a vast majority of West Virginia fans. Since entering the Big 12, the West Virginia-Texas game has been a marquee on the schedule. While this is not a matchup Longhorns fans think of as a major rivalry, almost everyone can agree that the game each year leaves us with something to talk about.
Going into Saturday, both teams are 4-2 and in the middle of the pack in the Big 12. The early kickoff will be a chance for Neal Brown’s crew to show they are on truly on the upward climb, while on the opposite side of the field it will be another chance for some job security for Tom Herman. Herman’s seat warmed up slightly after losing a top quarterback commit last week, flipping from Texas to Ohio State. That seat cooled significantly by taking down Oklahoma State on the road.
Texas’s quarterback Sam Ehlinger went into this season as being included in the 2020 Heisman conversation, and is still a name mentioned in and around the trophy. Ehlinger is in his final season in Austin, and will be looking to make his last year as successful as possible.
The Texas-West Virginia matchup is always a game worth watching and the two teams are tied at 4-4 within the Big 12 going into this year’s game.
The Mountaineers and the Longhorns kick off Saturday at 11:00 am CT/12:00 pm ET nationally on ABC.