MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - No. 8 West Virginia's game at No. 11 Texas figures to have the largest crowd to ever see the Mountaineers play.
The Longhorns (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) play home games at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, which seats 100,119.
WVU (4-0, 1-0) has never played for more than 96,445, but will likely top that at 7 p.m. Saturday (Fox telecast).
"Probably one of the best environments that exists in college football is in Austin, Texas," WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen said.
He's been there five times before with Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. His teams were 1-4 with the win coming as Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator in 2010.
"I'll be able to lay it out for them a little bit, but one thing that's so cool about being at WVU is these kids don't care much about that, to be honest with you," Holgorsen said. "They've played in BCS games. They've played in specific venues over the course of the last few years, like LSU and Auburn, that were big venues and big games.
"The kids are excited about that, I can assure you. They won't be intimidated, but they will be excited to go in there."
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MOUNTAINEER FIELD'S capacity is 60,000 but it can accommodate more, like it did Saturday when 60,012 watched WVU defeat Baylor.
Texas sold a school-record 84,071 season tickets in 2010. In 1997, Texas sold just 39,724, which is about 1,500 more than WVU's max for season ticket sales.
"It's one of the premier programs in the country," Holgorsen said. "Their tradition is fantastic. Their facilities are fantastic. Their support is fantastic. It's going to be a tremendous environment."
Texas has sold out 71 of its past 74 home games and has had at least 100,101 in attendance 19 times since the start of the 2009 season.
"It's a pretty nice place," Holgorsen said. "They've done a lot of work to it to get to over 100,000. It's big, manicured. There'll be a lot of people, there'll be a lot of cheerleaders, there will be a longhorn in the end zone. It's pretty nice."
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WEST VIRGINIA'S seniors and juniors played at LSU in a night game with 92,575 inside Tiger Stadium in 2010. The seniors played for 87,451 at Auburn in 2009 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The only larger crowd to see the Mountaineers play is the 96,445 at Beaver Stadium in 1991, the last time WVU played at Penn State.
WVU lost all three of those games.
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WITH THE Bowl Championship Series disappearing after next season, no team has been more consistently a part of the BCS than Texas.
The Longhorns have been in 93 BCS rankings, the most in college football and eight greater than Florida and Virginia Tech. Texas is also the only team that was ranked in 12 of the 13 final BCS rankings - including four in the top four.