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Geno Smith put up video game-like numbers last weekend in a shootout against the Baylor Bears en route to a 70-63 victory for West Virginia. This week though, it’s a whole different animal, as Smith and the Mountaineers go on the road for their first Big 12 trip to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns in a high profile matchup.
Back to Smith’s performance against the Bears last Saturday though, simply because of the fact it was mind boggling. He threw 8 touchdown passes while throwing for 656 yards. He now has 20 touchdowns on the season to zero interceptions. That is impressive no matter which teams are on the field.
Think he has the Longhorn defense a little worried? That would be a good bet.
But Texas gets this game at home, which will definitely help when it comes to playing defense with the crowd noise, and executing on offense on their home field.
It’s enough for oddsmakers to set the Longhorns as the favorites in the matchup. Texas vs West Virginia Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set the Longhorns as touchdown favorites at home, going off at seven points. To cover, Texas will need at least an eight-point win, while Smith and the Mountaineers get a cover with a loss by six points or less.
This is definitely one of the most intriguing matchups of the week, because we simply don’t know how Smith and the West Virginia offense will perform in this type of hostile environment. They have not seen anything like it this season.
Texas ranks only 41st in the country in scoring defense, giving up 21 points per game. But the Longhorns are no stranger to scoring themselves, ranking 9th in the country at 47 points per outing.
West Virginia ranks 3rd at 53 points per game. Of course, when you hang 70, that’ll help the average out. But giving up 63 points is also a big cause for concern for the Mountaineers, who rank 96th in the country, surrendering 32 points per game. However, in their four games this season, outside of the Baylor match up, the Mountaineers have given up 34, 12, and 21 points.
Texas sports a 3-1 record against the spread this season, while West Virginia is just 1-3.
This one kicks off at 7pm ET on Saturday night, with coverage picked up by FOX.