It would also be the second rather stunning upset of the season for the Mountaineers, who in late September knocked off preseason league favorite Oklahoma State. In a season in which West Virginia is searching for a bright spot at which to point, a twin killing like that at least would be something.
Can it be done? Sure. The fact is, West Virginia seems to have Texas' number in many ways. The football team won in Austin a year ago and the men's basketball team swept the Longhorns. In fact, in football, men's basketball and baseball, WVU is 5-1 against Texas since joining the Big 12.
And it isn't a juggernaut Texas team that WVU is facing here. The Longhorns began the season 1-2 and lost badly to BYU and Mississippi. A five-game win streak has ensued, but it included a nail-biting and somewhat controversial win at 1-7 Iowa State and has come against teams that are a combined 7-20 in league play and 17-25 overall.
Yes, Texas still has a better resume than West Virginia, but this isn't Baylor. The first night game of the season in Morgantown might also count for something.
"This is a different atmosphere,'' WVU nose guard Shaq Rowell said. "I played at night in Texas last year and Oklahoma this year. Now those guys are going to have to come in here and witness how Morgantown is at night. It's going to be something special.''
The bottom line is that while West Virginia isn't a part of the conference race, it can still influence it to some degree. A win would also make finishing the season on a four-game win streak a distinct possibility - WVU finishes at 2-6 Kansas next week and home to 1-7 Iowa State two weeks later - and completely shift the team's dynamic.
"It's going to be fun,'' Holgorsen said, echoing Brown's thoughts but for far different reasons. "It's Texas. We know our guys will not need extra motivation this week.''
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