3 bold predictions for Texas football vs. West Virginia

Bijan Robinson, Texas football Mandatory Credit: Jay Janner-USA TODAY NETWORK
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Xavier Worthy plays and goes over 150 receiving yards for the first time this season

This weekend should present a great opportunity to the standout wide receiver duo of sophomore Xavier Worthy and redshirt junior Jordan Whittington. Texas saw what the duo of Worthy and Whittington could do in the first quarter against Texas Tech last weekend.

But the problem was that Worthy wound up suffering a lower-body injury in the first half of that game. He would essentially be sidelined for most of the game.

The x-rays came back negative for Worthy, though, and there is a chance that he could return against West Virginia on Oct. 1.

It goes without saying that Texas needs Worthy back this weekend to take full advantage of one of the more questionable parts of the West Virginia defense. Worthy is maybe the best deep ball threat in the Big 12. And with some of the issues that the Mountaineers faced with their secondary in the early stages of the season, Worthy really possesses the ability to take the top off in this game.

Worthy also brings something valuable to the table for the Texas offense in this game in the sense that he opens up a ton of space for his teammates. Most passing downs will see West Virginia devoting at least two assets to cover, or at least shadow Worthy.

Yet, I don’t believe that there are any West Virginia DBs that possess the ability to hang with Worthy one-on-one. Even doubling up Worthy would be a risky move for the Mountainers with the other skill threats in the mix such as star junior running back Bijan Robinson, sophomore tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders, and Whittington.

If Worthy does play this weekend, he will have the door open to continue what he was doing in the first quarter against Texas Tech, where he registered more than 50 receiving yards and one score.