West Virginia just got done stomping all over Baylor's defense and now the Big 12's premier defensive unit—no disrespect to Texas Tech—plays host to the Mountaineers. Geno Smith and the rest of the high-flying offensive attack head into Darrell K. Royal Stadium for their first true test of the season. Texas has got some true players on defense and this matchup is the highlight of the night for folks who want to see if anyone can stop West Virginia's unbelievable offense.
The Longhorns better bring their tackling to the party because whether they play man or zone, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey will grab footballs and getting them on the ground has to be job number one. Missed tackles gave Oklahoma State big gains and some touchdowns last weekend and a repeat of that performance will have folks in DKR mighty upset.
On the other side of things, we should expect to see the Texas offense really find its groove against an undersized West Virginia unit. However, if Texas decides to run side-to-side, as it did for several unproductive series against the Pokes, the Mountaineers defense could get some of the crucial stops required to put them over the top.
Who wins this October Big 12 Showdown? We take a gander at that on this episode of The Program.