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Texas’ defensive line versus Geno Smith
Geno Smith is hands-down the Heisman frontrunner as well as favorite for the Davey O’Brien award, which is given to the nation’s top quarterback. His stat line resembles video game numbers.
Smith is 141-169 for 1,728 yards, 20 touchdowns and no interceptions.
To put this into perspective a little more, the West Virginia quarterback has eight more incompletions than touchdowns.
The Mountaineers’ offense has averaged 53 points per game through the first five weeks of the season, including putting 70 points up on Baylor last week. Not only does West Virginia have the most prolific passing offense in college football, but it also takes care of the ball extremely well—West Virginia have only committed one turnover on the season.
The key to victory for the Longhorns will be their ability to fluster Geno Smith and slow down the dynamic West Virginia offense. If solid pass-rushing defensive ends Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor aren’t able to get pressure on Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey will have a field day in the Texas secondary.
West Virginia loves to get the ball to its wide receivers in the open space, and If tackling issues continue to plague the Longhorns defense, Texas will be in big trouble Saturday.
Texas’ offensive depth versus West Virginia’s rush defense
Texas’ offense has been pretty good as well.
Longhorns quarterback David Ash is the second most efficient passer in college football, behind only Geno Smith. What makes Ash so effective is his pocket awareness and ability to distribute the ball to his vast array of offensive weapons. So far, eight different players have at least six receptions for Texas.
While West Virginia has been very solid against opposing rushing attacks, allowing just 3.2 yards per carry, it is yet to see a really strong running game like Texas'. Although Texas will be without its most explosive running back this weekend in Malcolm Brown, power-back Joe Bergeron and freshman Johnathan Gray will carry out an equally potent attack.
The combination of various running back formations and David Ash’s dual-threat abilities will keep West Virginia off guard all game, making this the most exciting finish of the weekend.
In a thriller, West Virginia will barely edge out Texas on a late fourth-quarter drive.
West Virginia 34 Texas 31