Guess Who 247Sports Has Ranked as the No. 1 Upset Alert of the Week?

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The West Virginia Mountaineers came into the 2019 season with modest expectations. Well, after a 3-1 start Mountaineer fans are starting to dream a little bigger.

It turns out the Mountaineers and their fans aren’t the only ones thinking there’s a shot at an upset over the No. 11 Longhorns. 247Sports listed Texas as the No. 1 team of the week on upset alert.


Latest line: Texas by 11

Why it’s upset-worthy: One of those patented don’t-get-caught-looking-ahead traps for the Longhorns, they’ll head to Morgantown this weekend to battle the new-look Mountaineers under a first-year head coach who has won three of his first four games. This matchup is the toughest yet, but West Virginia catches Texas in a great spot — the week before the Longhorns’ biggest game of the regular season vs. Oklahoma. Tom Herman’s team knows a loss here knocks some of the luster off that one.

The Mountaineers will do what they can to get the ball quickly to the perimeter and try to keep the chains moving with quarterback Austin Kendall’s mobility. The Longhorns are down a couple starters in the secondary, an area West Virginia may be able to exploit.

“To prevent guys from loading the box you’ve got to be able to either run the ball at quarterback or get the ball outside — it’s one of the two answers,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown said this week. “(Austin) is an effective runner. I think he’s a better athlete than he probably gets credit for.”

Playing the Longhorns the week before the Red River Shootout is definitely a great thing. That said, the way the Mountaineers came into Austin and dropped Horns Down signs all over the place, it’s not likely the Longhorns look ahead.

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Well, kickoff time is tomorrow. Coach Brown is going to learn a lot about what kind of team he has in his first year coaching them.