Baylor's Bryce Petty helped his Heisman cause with a five-touchdown effort in a win over Oklahoma on Thursday night while Oregon's loss to Stanford minutes later allowed Florida State freshman Jameis Winston to overtake Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota as the current favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.
The Longhorns did not do well in their first road game of the year, falling to BYU, before winning in Ames over Iowa State and in Fort Worth over TCU. But they've never been to Morgantown before this week.
Baylor remained unbeaten after passing its first true test of the season by pounding Oklahoma in Waco while Oregon could not do the same, falling to Stanford for the second straight year. Will LSU be able to knock off Alabama in similar fashion?
Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis working through injuries allowed Kendall Sanders and Marcus Johnson to get more reps in practices and games early this season, which led to Texas having a deeper receiving corps now.
Last week's win over Kansas, contrary to what Mack Brown said, was not as much of a "trap" game as this week's game against West Virginia is. Texas has a three-game gauntlet beginning next weekend to look forward to and is making its first-ever trip to Morgantown this week, giving Saturday's contest against the Mountaineers all the makings of a true "trap" game.
Texas has not played well out of state this year, getting thumped by BYU in September and nearly getting knocked off by Big 12 cellar dweller Iowa State in October. The Longhorns must get off to a fast start in Morgantown to avoid being upset by West Virginia in November.
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.