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No. 15 Texas vs. No. 12 West Virginia game thread

The Longhorns will aim to improve to 5-0 at home and 4-0 against ranked competition with No. 12 West Virginia coming to DKR.

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One of the many ranked showdowns set for Saturday’s slate of college football will take place at Darrell K Royal—Texas Memorial Stadium as the No. 15 Texas Longhorns welcome the No. 12 West Virginia Mountaineers.

Just weeks ago, the Longhorns and Mountaineers each enjoyed a place within the top 10, but following losses to Oklahoma State and Iowa State, respectively, the two are now fighting to avoid falling from the immediate Big 12 title picture down the stretch. Depending on how things play out in Lubbock, as Texas Tech welcomes No. 7 Oklahoma, the winner of Saturday’s ranked matchup in Austin will remain tied, if not solely atop the Big 12 standings, while the loser will need to fight its way back into the title picture with just three games to go.

Can Texas avoid back-to-back losses and remain perfect at home and thus, increase its odds to make the Big 12 title game to 72 percent, per ESPN? The Longhorns enter as a slight 2.0-point favorite and own a 51 percent chance to win, per ESPN’s FPI.

The Longhorns and Mountaineers are set to square off at 2:30 p.m. Central on FOX.

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