No. 12 West Virginia, No. 17 Texas meet for 1st in Big 12
No. 12 West Virginia (6-1, 4-1 Big 12, No. 13 CFP) at No. 15 Texas (6-2, 4-1, No. 17 CFP ), 3:30 p.m. EDT (Fox)
Line: Texas by 2.
Series record: West Virginia leads 4-3.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Both teams need a win to stay in first place in the Big 12 and control their own destiny for the conference title game. Texas is coming off a loss that broke a six-game win streak. West Virginia rebounded from its only loss with a romp over Baylor last week.
West Virginia QB Will Grier against a Texas secondary that got shredded in the first half against Oklahoma State last week. Grier seems to have cleaned up some interception problems and will be looking for a big game after getting knocked out early against Texas last season with a broken finger.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
West Virginia; WR David Sills has 37 catches and nine touchdowns heading into a matchup with a Texas secondary on its heels.
Texas: CB Kris Boyd, who gave up multiple big passing plays last week against Oklahoma State after being suspended for the first quarter for being late to a team function. He later engaged in a Twitter fight with former Texas linebacker and current ESPN studio analyst Emmanuel Acho.
FACTS & FIGURES
The road team has had a lot of success in this series .West Virginia has won three of its previous four trips to Austin ... Texas QB Sam Ehlinger has attempted 210 passes without an interception, a school record, with 13 touchdown passes this season. Grier has thrown seven INT with 25 touchdowns. ... Longhorns senior DE Charles Ohmenihu has six sacks in the last four games ... WVU’s Leddie Brown has two 100-yard rushing games this season. Keaontay Ingram has Texas’ only 100-yard game.