4 reasons why Texas football can dominate West Virginia in Week 5

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Xavier Worthy and Bijan Robinson could face WVU for the first time as a Texas duo

It’s easy to forget how shorthanded Texas was last season when they fell short to West Virginia in Morgantown. Texas had experienced at least one significant injury at every single one of the skill positions on offense in the midst of that West Virginia game last year.

That included star junior running back Bijan Robinson missing due to an upper-body injury he suffered the week before. Casey Thompson and Card were also both facing their own injury issues in that game against West Virginia last fall.

That means that for the first time, Texas could be set to face West Virginia with the star skill position duo of Bijan and star sophomore wide receiver Xavier Worthy. Brown and the West Virginia staff have yet to face the need to prepare for both of these stars during the same week of practice. And that could all take place while Ewers makes his return to the starting lineup this weekend.

Two seasons ago, we saw Bijan breakout against the Mountaineers with more than 150 total yards and nearly 10 yards per carry. He was a force in 2020 in what amounted to a close win for Texas over West Virginia.

And last season, Texas got seven catches for 85 receiving yards and one touchdown catch in a big game for Worthy against the Mountaineers.

West Virginia potentially having to deal with the threat of both Worthy and Bijan could be too much for a defense that already allowed more than 50 points to the Kansas Jayhawks this season.

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Having both Bijan and Worthy back healthy could also mean that Sark is really able to open up the offensive playbook that much more. This Texas offense was clearly limited last weekend when Worthy exited with a lower-body injury. If he’s ready to go this weekend, that opens up the deep ball and the screen game, which the WVU defense must respect.