The West Virginia Mountaineers (4-2, 3-2 Big 12) and Texas Longhorns (4-2, 3-2) meet at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, for a noon ET kickoff Saturday. Below, we analyze the West Virginia-Texas college football betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions.
The Longhorns received 115 points in the Amway Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports, the top team receiving votes outside of the Top 25.
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West Virginia posted an impressive 37-10 win over previously ranked Kansas State as a 5-point favorite last week. At home the Mountaineers have been outstanding, going 4-0 SU/ATS. However, they’re 0-2 SU/ATS in their two road trips – to Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
Texas is looking to build upon an impressive 41-34 overtime win at Oklahoma State last weekend, knocking the Cowboys from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Longhorns have been so-so at the DKR this season, going 2-1 SU and 1-1-1 ATS, pushing against Baylor Oct. 24 in their most recent showing in Austin.
The Longhorns are averaging 44.3 PPG to rank 10th, helped in large part by the pass game. QB Sam Ehlinger has completed 60.3 percent of his pass attempts for 1,650 yards, 20 touchdowns and 5 interceptions across six games, while running for 284 yards and 7 more scores.
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West Virginia at Texas: Odds, prediction, betting lines and picks
Texas 41, West Virginia 30
Money line (ML)
Texas (-239) is just a little more expensive than my personal limit, which is no higher than -180 on money lines. Look to the spread instead. AVOID.
Against the spread (ATS)
TEXAS (-6.5, -110) is a strong play on this side of a flat 7, even though it’s been a mixed bag for the ‘Horns at the DKR. They pushed last time they were home against underwhelming Baylor, posting a season-low 27 points in the 11-point win. However, West Virginia (+6.5, -110) has stunk on the road and cannot be trusted until it starts ticking off wins away from Morgantown.
The OVER 55.5 (-110) is a slam-dunk play, hitting in five of six games for the Longhorns this season. They’re averaging 39.0 PPG in three games at home this season, while their defense has allowed 33 or more points in four of the past five games overall. Texas gets into plenty of track meets, and there’s no reason to believe Saturday will be any different.
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