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.
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.