Fast start a necessity as Longhorns' bowl hopes remain in the balance

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Head coach Dana Holgorsen of the West Virginia Mountaineers watches from the sidelines during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images Jamie Squire

It's a bit underwhelming for both schools to suggest that the West Virginia-Texas match up is a game for bowl eligibility, but that's the reality at this point. It's been a disappointing year in Austin and Morgantown, respectively, but each school has a chance for a minor victory on Saturday.

For West Virginia, keeping Texas down early is going to be key. When they start slow, they generally fail to pick themselves off the ground. When they start fast, like they did against Oklahoma, they can be dangerous.

The Dallas Morning News is making predictions on Saturday's game. Check them out.