Week 11 College Football Free Picks: West Virginia At Texas

Posted by Henry Watkins on Wednesday,November 9, 2016 4:13, EST in

There are a lot of very good conference battles going on as we enter the final few weeks of the 2016 college football season, but perhaps none as intriguing as the Big 12. The Oklahoma Sooners have the edge now, but you have the Oklahoma State Cowboys and West Virginia Mountaineers both breathing down their neck. It’s fair to say at this stage of the season another loss for any of these teams may see their challenge come to an end, and that makes the match-up between the Mountaineers and the Texas Longhorns this weekend one that you need to watch. The Longhorns are a tough team to figure out, as they seem to go from being great one week to awful the next. You never know what you are going to get out of this bunch, but back to back wins suggests that they may have turned a bit of a corner. They will head into this Saturday match-up as a slim 2-point home betting odds favorite over the Mountaineers.

In Depth Analysis On The Week 11 College Football Free Picks: Mountaineers At Longhorns

When: Saturday, November 12 at 12 PM EST
Where: Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin
TV: FS1
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
NCAAF Odds: TBA

 

 

Why bet on the West Virginia Mountaineers

The Mountaineers are putting together a season that is a good deal better than most people expected, and are coming into this game with a 7-1 record. They have achieved a nice balance between offense and defense, and you must feel that they are going to be able to take some shots downfield this weekend against a Texas secondary that has been a little suspect so far. That said, this is a team that has been a little susceptible to the pass, and that was shown quite clearly in their 37-20 loss to Oklahoma State earlier this season. The West Virginia Mountaineers are 1-1 on the road this season, and lost 33-16 when they visited this stadium two seasons ago.

Why bet on the Texas Longhorns

No matter how the Longhorns play on any given Saturday this season, one thing that you can guarantee is that they are going to give up some big plays and points. The defense has given up an average of 33 PPG so far this season, which is not good news against the balanced attack that the Mountaineers will be bringing to the table. The key here for the Longhorns will be to keep that potent attack off the field, and they can certainly do that if D’Onta Foreman can run the ball as effectively as he has all season long. Texas has a bit of an edge in the special teams department, and that could prove to be crucial if this game stays as close as we all expect it to be.

 

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This is a game that is probably going to come right down to the wire, and I would not be surprised to see it decided by a last second field goal. I think it will be the big plays that make the difference here, and the Mountaineers are better equipped to make those.

West Virginia Mountaineers 30 Texas Longhorns 28