Unranked despite going 5-0 in Big 12 play — something no other team has ever done — Texas can likely crack the Top 25 by extending its win streak to six games with a victory over West Virginia this weekend.
Malcolm Brown, trying to make it healthy through a full season for the first time in his Longhorns career, has emerged as an effective goal-line option while Case McCoy and Mike Davis aren't clicking on offense.
Baylor solidified itself as the favorite to win the Big 12 this year by staying unbeaten in a blowout win over Oklahoma, who now does not have much of a shot at winning its ninth conference title under Bob Stoops as Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas all currently have better records in Big 12 play than the Sooners.
Texas should be win by at least a touchdown in Morgantown this weekend while UCLA is a lock to cover a 1.5-point spread against Arizona and Nevada, nearly a double-digit underdog on the road against Colorado State, could very well pull an upset Saturday.
Charles Sims has been carrying the load at tailback for West Virginia while freshman Daikel Shorts becomes West Virginia's main deep threat at wide receiver with Ronald Carswell suspended for the rest of the season. The Mountaineers' Darwin Cook is in NFL-caliber safety so look out for him, too.
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.