College football upset picks Week 12: Oklahoma and 5 teams on upset alert

Former Oklahima head coach Lincoln Riley (Syndication: The Oklahoman)
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West Virginia University
West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports /

College football upset pick Week 12, No. 2: West Virginia

Rank: NR | Opponent: vs. Texas | Time: Saturday, Nov. 20, Noon ET

West Virginia University is not a good team this season. Neither is the Texas Longhorns. These are two teams that just fell miraculously below expectations from the start. Both teams had huge starts, with WVU beating a ranked Virginia Tech and Texas starting the season 4-1.

Texas has lost four straight games including losing to the bottom-feeding Kansas Jayhawks. Texas is in the tank, and now the spotlight is on them as they cannot win a game right now. They are desperately low in the Big 12 rankings, and if they lose this week they will not be bowl eligible in Steve Sarkesian’s first season as head coach. It will be a massive disappointment for the entire University.

The same goes for WVU. They really have a chance to be bowl eligible with a win here. They have Kansas in the last week of the season. Ask Texas how that might go, but first, it has to be a win here. WVU looked absolutely dreadful last Saturday against Kansas State. Things are starting to splinter between Jarret Doege and head coach Neal Brown.

WVU just isn’t the same team that’s beaten Texas in the past. This is a get-right game for Texas. It’s a chance to really get the season back on track despite the overall record being a disappointment. If they beat WVU on the road, they have a chance to make a bowl and end the season on a high note.