In an article published today as a special to ESPN Insider, Phil Steele boldly but naively picked Texas to beat the Mountaineers by over two touchdowns. Some pundits never learn.
In his article, Steele calls the WVU offense over-hyped, pointing out that the gaudy numbers have come against mediocre competition. Baylor might argue with that.
The Bears have an explosive offense led by a very good quarterback in Nick Florence. I look for Baylor to shock more than one team this season and go to a bowl game. Baylor is averaging 416 passing yards per game and 54 points to place them second in the nation in both categories.
Mr. Steele also dismisses Geno Smith and his numbers in the same way. I guess he forgets that virtually this same offense put up 70 points against a good Clemson team last year.
Steele also refers to the game where LSU buried WVU. But did they? The final score was 47-21. Sounds like a team was dominated right? Let's take a closer look. With 1:16 remaining in the third quarter, LSU was up 27-21. Still a close game.
LSU ran the kickoff back for a two-touchdown lead, and WVU had four turnovers. LSU had none. That was the difference in the game. Want more proof of how much "better" LSU was than WVU?
WVU led in first downs 28-19. WVU led in total yards 533-366, as Geno torched LSU for 463 yards on 38-of-65 passing with two touchdowns. The less mature Smith also had two interceptions.
I don't think mighty LSU would've like to have played WVU a second time anymore than they would have Alabama. I guess Steele considers Texas much better than last year's LSU team.
Well, Geno, Tavon and the offense are still there. Except they're even better. The secondary does have issues that must be resolved.
Steele conveniently forgets that the Texas defense has also had their problems to date. He plays up the Oklahoma State team that Texas barely beat last week on a very controversial call. Nothing against Oklahoma State; they have a good team.
By Steele's own standards, Texas has feasted on lesser opponents with the exception of OSU. I have a feeling OSU would love to play Texas again. I simply do not understand Steele's logic. Saturday's game should be a good one that's hard to predict.
The oddsmakers have Texas as a six-point favorite. Home field counts as three. My prediction? If they have no turnovers, WVU wins. One turnover and it could go either way. Two or more and I owe Mr. Steele an apology. Mr. Steele, You owe WVU an apology! WVU 48 Texas 45
Phil has made his prediction for the Mountaineers against the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. He admitted he was wrong last week.
Phil Steele has no love for WVU. He predicts WVU to win by 45-42 provided they have the ball last. When will he learn?
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