What to know: Longhorns vs. Mountaineers

AUSTIN - The University of Texas hits the road for the final time in the 2017 regular season as the Longhorns travel to Morgantown, W.V., Saturday for a matchup with the Mountaineers of West Virginia University. 

The Longhorns are 5-5 on the season and one win shy of gaining bowl eligibility. Texas is 4-3 in Big 12 Conference play, coming off a 42-27 victory over Kansas on Saturday night at home. So far during conference play, UT is 2-1 on the road.

West Virginia enters with an overall record of 7-3 and a Big 12 record of 5-2. The Mountaineers are coming off a 28-23 victory at Kansas State on Saturday. 

National game coverage    

Saturday's game will kickoff at 11 a.m. CT and is set to air on ESPN. Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Anthony Becht (booth analyst) and Rocky Boiman (field analyst) will call the action. 

Texas' tough schedule

Saturday's game at West Virginia marks Texas' fifth game against a ranked opponent this season, and the fourth such game away from home.

So far this season, Texas has played at No. 4/4 USC (now No. 12/10) in a double-overtime loss to the Trojans, vs. No. 12/12 Oklahoma (now No. 3/5) in a 29-24 loss in the AT&T Red River Showdown, No. 10/11 Oklahoma State (now No. 10/13) in an overtime loss at home, and, at No. 10/12, TCU (now No. 11/14) in a road loss.

Saturday's game marks the first time the Longhorns will face a ranked WVU on the road since they joined the Big 12. 

The all-time series    

Texas and West Virginia meet for just the seventh time Saturday, including the third time in Morgantown. 

WVU leads the all-time series with a 4-2 record, while the two schools have one win apiece at Milan Puskar Stadium.

The series started in 1956, but this season's matchup will mark the sixth straight season the Longhorns and Mountaineers have squared off since WVU joined the Big 12. 

Tom Herman has not played WVU in his career, while Dana Holgorsen is 3-2 against the Longhorns. 

Head Coach Tom Herman    

Tom Herman is in his first season at Texas and his third season overall as a head coach. He is 5-5 thus far at UT and 27-9 overall as a head coach. 

In just three seasons, Herman has guided his teams to a record of 6-4 against Top 25 opponents, 3-3 against Top 10 foes, and 2-1 against teams inside the Top 5. 

Herman led Houston to a 13-1 record and a win in the Peach Bowl during his first season. He was just the fourth head coach in NCAA history with at least 13 wins in a rookie season (Chris Petersen, George Woodruff, Walter Camp) and just the fifth to win the first 10 games of his career (Petersen, Woodruff, Camp and Larry Coker).

A dominant defense    

After allowing 51 points in the season opener, Texas is allowing just 18.7 points per game over the last nine, which includes three overtime games (two double overtime). UT is ranked 32nd nationally in scoring defense (21.9). 

The Longhorns are allowing just 364.6 total yards per game in Big 12 play and rank 40th in total defense nationally (367.3).

The dynamic defense has started up front with stopping the run, as the Longhorns are allowing just 98.6 rushing yards per game over the last nine, while holding five opponents under 100 yards.

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