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West Virginia vs. Texas odds: Longhorns enter as favorites in predicted shootout

The Texas Longhorns face their biggest test of the season in Austin on Saturday, hosting a top-10 West Virginia team coming off a 70-point performance against Baylor.

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The Texas Longhorns will host West Virginia this Saturday for the Mountaineers' first road game in their new conference. Dana Holgorsen's offense is well-known for lighting up the scoreboard, but last week's win over Baylor took everything to another level. Geno Smith threw for eight touchdowns as the Mountaineers held on to beat the Bears, 70-63. As you'd expect, the oddsmakers predict another shootout in Austin, setting the over/under at 75. While it may not be the sieve unit of Baylor, Texas has given up 30-plus points in their last two games against BCS-conference opponents.

Both teams enter the game ranked in the top 10 of the Coaches' poll, with WVU two spots ahead of Texas. But the oddsmakers still favor the home team, setting the line at Texas -6½. That has already moved up to an even touchdown in some places. The Texas offense has been impressive as well, with Brian Harsin's group posting no fewer than 37 points through the first four weeks. It should be a top 10 shootout in Austin on Saturday.

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