Fearless Picks: WVU – Kansas
Brian (13) and Jon (14) were the closest to the mark last week in the total points prediction. Those accurate reads solidified Jon’s lead in the one-loss pack in our season standings, while Brian edged out of the cellar. This week’s game doesn’t have the potential to shuffle the standings a great deal, as most of our panel predicts a similar result.
Last Week: W Season Record: 4-0 Point Differential: 53
The good news is that WVU has beaten a Top 10 team on the road, the bad news is that happened in Jeff Hostetler’s first game as a Mountaineer in 1982 vs the Oklahoma Sooners. Don Nehlen was in his 3rd year as WVU head coach, Coach Holgorsen was in 5th grade and the price of gas was $1.22/ gallon. History won’t be repeating itself 35 years later as TCU is a really good football team. The Horned Frogs are well coached, play solid defense and have an offense that is averaging over 47 points per game. Not a good recipe for a WVU victory. WVU should be able to put some points on the board with Will Grier at the helm of a power Blue and Gold offense but the defense and special teams won’t be up to the task.
Last Week: W Season Record: 4-0 Point Differential: 76
The Mountaineers head to Forth Worth out of the bye week for a showdown with TCU. West Virginia’s offense can match wits with any offense in the country, but big games are won on the other side of the football. And right now, I have a lot more confidence in TCU’s defense than WVU’s.
Last Week: W Season Record: 3-1 Point Differential: 45
If West Virginia is looking to earn respect, they have a great chance this weekend against TCU in Forth Worth. The Mountaineers will score points. But, will the defense get enough stops limit the Horned Frogs offense?
Last Week: W Season Record: 3-1 Point Differential: 62
WVU has some of the better numbers; TCU has played the better competition. The more battle-tested Horned Frogs ride a running game – the weakness in the Mountaineer defense – and their own stout stop corps to the win in Fort Worth. While the Mountaineer offense produces solid numbers, Texas Christian wins in the other two phases and seals a 2-0 start in the Big 12.
Last Week: W Season Record: 3-1 Point Differential: 64
It remains to be seen if TCU is as good as it was in 2014 and ‘15, when it finished in the top 10. But there’s no doubt that the Horned Frogs are much better than they were last year, when they slipped to 6-7. This will be West Virginia’s biggest test since its opener against Virginia Tech and it figures to go a long way in determining whether the Mountaineers will contend for a Big 12 title or be a middle of the pack club this year.
Last Week: W Season Record: 3-1 Point Differential: 71
This Mountaineer team has shown sparks of greatness in the offense at times, but the defense is something that has worried me at times and never more than two weeks ago at Kansas. TCU has a senior quarterback that has played well up to this point and WVU has been known to turn poor to average QB’s into one game Heisman hopefuls in the past. TCU is playing well and beat up on an Oklahoma State team that was thought to be one of the better offenses in the conference. I don’t have the warm fuzzies about this game on the road, but I think WVU will keep it closer than the numbers say.
Last Week: W Season Record: 3-1 Point Differential: 72
This week WVU goes on the road for its second straight Big 12 conference game, this time taking on Top 10 TCU in a big-time matchup. ESPN Game Day will be on hand in Fort Worth. I’m surprised it’s not a prime time 8:00 p.m. game. But that’s neither here nor there. The big questions: Can WVU’s defense stop TCU’s rushing offense? Can West Virginia’s defense force third and long situations and get off the field? The Horned Frogs are the top-ranked team in FBS in successful third down conversion rate. Will TCU be overconfident after getting pumped up all week and told how great they are? Does former Texas A&M OC Jake Spavital have some insight into how to get into ex-Aggie Kenny Hill’s head? Overall, I don’t have a good feeling about this game. It seems every weakness that WVU has as a team, the Horned Frogs conversely excel at that facet of the game on the other side of the ball.