Fearless Picks: WVU – Delaware State

Fearless Picks: WVU – Delaware State

With an easy win selection of the Mountaineers over East Carolina, the focus was on point differential as our panel jockeyed for early position in the season standings. Andy and Jon were the closest, each missing by 14, with Jeff and Matt (15) and Greg (16) just behind. The same will be in play this week – how many points might the Mountaineers be expected to score? That should largely be determined by the amount of time the starters play, and the ability of the backups to avoid some of the mistakes that bogged down drives against ECU.


Andy Easton

Last Week: W     Season Record: 2-0     Point Differential: 18

The Delaware State Hornets travel to Morgantown on Saturday for their $500,000 check and a big fat loss.  To say the Hornets have struggled the last few seasons would be an understatement.  Delaware State is probably the worst team ever to run onto Mountaineer Field, including the 1981 Colorado State Rams that went 0-12.  The Hornets have lost 26 out of their last 27 games and are 3-32 since 2014.  DSU is ranked 249 out of 254 teams in Jeff Sagarin’s college football ranking system which also has WVU as a 75-point favorite.

WVU is only the third Power Five team that the Hornets have faced in their 93-year history.  They lost to Missouri in 2016, 79-0 and to Michigan in 2009, 63-6. The Mountaineers obviously have no business playing the Hornets but since they are my only advice would be for our own Kevin Kinder to stay away from Coach Gibson in the fourth quarter, Gibby might be looking for a middle linebacker to throw in there.

West Virginia 63-6


Chris Richardson

Last Week: W     Season Record: 2-0     Point Differential: 32

Play hard, score points, don’t let them score many points, stay healthy. Those are the goals this week before heading into Big 12 play.

West Virginia 49-10


Greg Hunter

Last Week: W     Season Record: 1-1     Point Differential: 26

As moms say, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” If I followed that rule, this page would be blank. Quite simply, Delaware State is not vey good. In fact, on paper, the Hornets are likely the wors football team the Mountaineers have faced in 70 years. West Virginia should be able to name the score.

West Virginia 63-7


Matt Keller

Last Week: W     Season Record: 1-1     Point Differential: 26

“Well, we didn’t block. But we made up for it by not tackling.” The old John McKay quote rings true for Delaware State, which has issues every where. The Hornets are two points away from entering this weekend on a 29-game losing streak, and have pieced together double-digit losing seasons each of the last two years. WVU has played down to the FCS level before, but never this far down. This one is a blowout by early in the second quarter. There’s a lot to work on for the Mountaineers, and this game is all about the battle within.

West Virginia 63-9


Jeff Cobb

Last Week: W     Season Record: 1-1     Point Differential: 27

Despite what Dana Holgorsen says and hopes happens, I don’t think West Virginia will be motivated for Delaware State. I look for a fairly lackluster game with a lot of players going through the motions. Still, that will be more than enough against a team that is one of the poorer FCS teams. Against Missouri last year, DSU was behind 59-0 at halftime, and officials kept a running clock for the remainder of the third and fourth quarters. I still look for WVU’s first team to play the entire first half, and perhaps even the opening series of the second half as the Mountaineers build towards Kansas and the open week before things ratchet up on the road versus the TCU Horned Frogs. The bright side of this game? Fans could be entertained by guessing just how deep into the bench the coaches go.

West Virginia 63-6


Jonathan Martin

Last Week: W     Season Record: 1-1     Point Differential: 28

West Virginia looks to continue its momentum this weekend against Delaware State — an opponent who shouldn’t put up much of a fight. Expect Will Grier and the entire Mountaineer offense to ride their firepower and the defense to force a few turnovers.

West Virginia 57-17


Brian Jolliff

Last Week: W     Season Record: 1-1     Point Differential: 45

While this week’s game gives the Mountaineers a chance to get to a winning record, which they should do with little trouble, the bigger concern is developing the secnd team while limiting any injuries to the starters. It was mentioned that last week, the Mountaineers lost in the second half 17-7, which points to the big need to get those backups some live game experience. Delaware State will pose no threat and it should be a great day for the Mountaineer to get in some upper body work with his pushups.

West Virginia 52-10


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    Kevin Kinder
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    Fearless Picks: WVU – Delaware State With an easy win selection of the Mountaineers over East Carolina, the focus was on point differential as our pan
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    Greg Hunter
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    I swear none of us on the Fearless Pick list consult with each other, but it’s scary how much some of us think alike. Four of the eight pickers forecast WVU with 63 points.

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    BMcCrackenBGN

    63 seems like a good bet… have to think they can hit 50 by halftime if they’re rolling like last week

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