#15 Texas Vs. #13 OklahomaSaturday, Noon EDT, ABCIt’s a pretty good rivalry when both sides are in the Top 15 and it’s an “off year” for each team. This year’s Red River Rivalry, between Texas and Oklahoma, will not feature a Top 10 team for the first time since 1999. Texas hopes to avenge an embarrassing 55-17 loss during last year’s Oklahoma game, and to secure the Longhorns’ first win against the Sooners since 2009.The Oklahoma Sooners are three weeks removed from their loss to Kansas State on Sept. 22. Ranked as high as #4 going into this season, Oklahoma has been seen as a disappointment, even with just the one loss. Letting UTEP hang in there during their first game made voters think twice about placing Oklahoma above Oregon, and then the dominoes started to fall. Meanwhile, Texas started the season at #15, climbed as high as #9, and went back down after a 48-45 loss to West Virginia last week.
The march continues for No. 5 West Virginia in its first year as a member of the Big 12 Conference. The Mountaineers took out two Texas teams in their first two Big 12 contests and a third team from the Lone Star State is up next, as WVU will take to the road once again to face Texas Tech in Lubbock on Saturday.
The Mountaineers will be coming off an impressive road victory over Texas, while the Red Raiders will be looking to bounce back from an unimpressive performance in a home loss to Oklahoma.
TTU was exposed on both sides of the ball in the loss, as quarterback Seth Doege was intercepted three times by the OU defense, while the TTU defense was carved up for 380 yards and 41 points—by far its worst game of the season.
Still, the Red Raiders lead the nation in passing defense and boast the No. 2 total defense in the country.
Squaring off with the nation's top passing defense will be the nation's best quarterback, senior Geno Smith, who is undisputed the Heisman Trophy favorite at this point in the season.
No. 8 West Virginia at No. 11 Texas: Preview, Players to Watch, Keys to the Game, TV Coverage, Where to Watch Online and More
With all due respect to South Carolina, Georgia, LSU and Florida, the game of the week for Week 6 will take place in Austin, Texas where No. 8 West Virginia and No. 11 Texas will square off on Saturday in Austin for a battle between the new kids on the block and the traditional schoolyard bully.
All across the nation, people and pundits alike are talking about quarterback Geno Smith and the high-flying Mountaineer offense as they take to the road for the first time as members of the Big 12 Conference. Meanwhile, conference mainstay Texas will look to silence that talk and reestablish itself as one of the premier programs in college football.
The game will feature a pair of top-ten scoring offenses led by two of the nation's most efficient quarterbacks. Smith of WVU and David Ash, signal caller for Texas, rank No. 1 and 3 respectively in completion percentage and boast the two highest QB ratings in the country. Behind the leadership of their quarterbacks, both of these teams are undefeated and in the thick of the race for the Big 12 title.
When you’re talking cradle of quarterbacks at the collegiate football level, it’s pretty much a rank-and-file process. Brigham Young, Miami, Southern Cal typically rate pretty high. Perhaps even Purdue, too.
But West Virginia University? …
A proud tradition really started to take hold back in the days of two-way standout Sam Huff back in the 1950s and fully blossomed under the tutelage of coach Rich Rodriguez last decade. The Mountaineers went from rough-and-tough to spread-option sensations in the process.
When it came to signature signal-callers, though, they appeared to be a little short on the litany list.
However, with the emergence of WVU’s Geno Smith as the nation’s pre-eminent player this fall, it bears a closer look at the program in general. Indeed, has it been that barren at the game’s key position, or has the nation’s awareness just been lost in those hills John Denver used to sign about?
Upon further review, it looks like the latter.
In short, Smith isn’t the only guy to star at QB for the Mountaineers. In fact, you could debate that he isn’t even the one to shine brightest … yet.
How about we break it down:
No. 24 Baylor at No. 9 West Virginia: Preview, Players to Watch, Keys to the Game, TV Coverage and More
Big things have arrived in Morgantown.
Since the announcement of West Virginia's move to the Big 12 Conference, the Mountaineer athletic department adopted a slogan that will be obsolete after the weekend: Big Things Are Coming.
Perhaps more big things will come in the future, but this weekend will be the start as WVU will host Baylor in football to begin its life as a member of the Big 12.
As always, the Mountaineers will rely heavily on their senior quarterback Geno Smith in what should be a shootout on Saturday afternoon.
Baylor will bring in a senior quarterback of its own in Nick Florence and both of the signal callers have excellent skill players at their disposal.
Both the Bears and the Mountaineers have struggled on defense a bit this year, as they come in at No. 10 and No. 8 respectively in the Big 12 in total defense.
The game will also be a reunion of coaches, as Baylor head coach Art Briles and West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen worked together on the Texas Tech coaching staff under Mike Leach in the early 2000s.