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West Virginia v. Texas to Start at Noon

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The showdown between the Mountaineers and Longhorns will be a marquee matchup for the conference, broadcasting on ABC.

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After needing some time to deliberate, the Big 12 Conference and its broadcast partners scheduled West Virginia football’s game at Texas on Saturday, Nov. 7, for a noon ET kickoff on ABC.

Last Monday, the Big 12 flexed the game—and two others—into the six-day window for broadcasting.

WVU is 0-2 in road games this season, both starting in later time slots. The team is 4-0 in games starting at noon.

Both teams enter the game week off statement wins on Saturday. The Mountaineers (4-2, 3-2) trounced Kansas State 37-10, and the Longhorns (4-2, 3-2) upset then-No. 6 Oklahoma State 41-34 in overtime.

Despite what one side of the equation will tell you, this has been a heated battle every matchup since WVU and Texas became Big 12 Conference brethren. The Big 12 series is tied 4-4 but WVU leads the all-time series 5-4.

Weirdly, this series seems to favor the road team. WVU is 3-1 in Austin in Big 12 play. Texas is 3-1 in Morgantown. The tie-breaking win in the series was WVU’s 7-6 win in 1956… in Austin.

In 2019, Texas pulled out a 42-31 win in Morgantown. Sam Ehlinger tossed two TDs but the Longhorns only gained 427 yards of offense to WVU’s 463.

The last game in Austin ended with a long touchdown pass from WVU QB WIll Grier to WR Gary Jennings, then Grier waltzing into the endzone on a two-point conversion. WVU won 42-41.