Texas is beginning to run the ball against anyone and is doing a much better job of protecting its quarterback, imposing its will on opponents up front like many expected from the beginning of the season.
North Carolina's Bryn Renner suffered a season-ending shoulder injury while Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long leveraged interest in Texas' AD opening into a raise and Cal running back Fabiano Hale was injured — in a locker-room fight.
With a quarterback in Clint Trickett and a running back in Charles Sims playing well as of late, West Virgnia holds the edge in a couple big spots on offense while Texas' defense has the advantage over the Mountaineers' defense.
Mason Walters has started all 43 games Texas has played since his redshirt freshman ear, despite battling through a knee injury this year he may need surgery for after this season is over. He leads an offensive line that has had its way with opposing defenses recently.
West Virginia beat a surging Oklahoma State team and should not be overlooked. Also, Texas needs to keep doing what it's been doing best the last few weeks — running the ball and then running the ball some more.
Jameis Winston gets another chance to close the gap between him and Oregon's Marcus Mariota, or even overtake Mariota as the Heisman frontrunner, when his Seminoles host Miami this weekend. Baylor's Bryce Petty continues to put him video game-like frontrunners, reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel is still lurking and Arizona tailback Ka'Deem Carey cracks the Top 5.
Florida State gets another crack at an unbeaten Top 10 ACC team while in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State square off and one-loss Big 12 title contenders Oklahoma State and Texas Tech face each other in Lubbock.