Fearless Picks: WVU – Virginia Tech

Fearless Picks: WVU – Virginia Tech

It’s a new season, and a fresh start for our intrepid panel of predictors. They get a toughie right out of the box, as the Mountaineers head to the D.C. environs to rekindle an old rivalry. Republicans vs. Democrats? That has nothing on the animosity between the fanbases of these two teams.


Matt Keller

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Randy Dunnigan, native of Dublin, Va., and Mountaineer offensive lineman in the late ’90s, once said “I hate Virginia Tech.” Dunnigan won WVU’s A.C. Whitey Gwynn Award named in honor of the late WVU athletic trainer and bestowed upon the player whose attitude, effort and spirit provide an outstanding, unsung contribution to the team. If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for me.

West Virginia 31-27


Greg Hunter

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It’s strength on strength and weakness on weakness. The Mountaineer offense should be good this season, but in its very first game of the year, it is pitted against probably the best defense it will face all season. Virginia Tech’s linebackers and defensive backs are outstanding, and Will Grier, Justin Crawford and the rest of the Mountaineers will have a battle on their hands. Conversely, the Hokies are rebuilding an offense that lost most of its key weapons from a year ago. WVU’s defense is rebuilding itself, as just two full-time starters (safety Kyzir White and linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton) will be available for the opener at FedExField. This figures to be close, but I like West Virginia’s chance to pull out a win.

West Virginia 24-21


Jonathan Martin

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Football is BACK … and so is the rivalry with Virginia Tech. For the Mountaineers it’s pure excitement. The much anticipated debut of quarterback Will Grier along with an explosive offense forecasts a promising season. The Hokies will be rebuilding on both sides of the ball making the first game of the season a tough one. I expect the Mountaineers to get nerves out early and establish themselves as the better team.

West Virginia 34-27


Jeff Cobb

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Take away all the pre-season hyperbole and what do you have? New QBs for both teams. One defensive coordinator who has been around forever. One offensive coordinator that is in his first year of calling plays at his new school. One defense that returns a ton of starters. Another defense that is replacing a lot.

All of that would seem to favor Virgina Tech…so that’s exactly why I am going to buck the trends and pick West Virginia. Look for WVU to unveil several new wrinkles on offense that gets the Mountaineers out to a quick lead. I’m predicting that Kennedy McKoy and/or Tevin Bush will be the X Factor for the Mountaineers. It will take the Hokies a few quarters to adjust. Tech will come back in the second half but it will be too little, too late.

West Virginia 23-20


Andy Easton

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It won’t take much time to find out if the Mountaineers have what it takes to compete for a BIG XII championship in 2017. Virginia Tech enters the game ranked in the Top 25 and toting a very good defense and an offense with a first-year starting quarterback.

The key matchup will be WVU QB Will Grier vs Virginia Tech’s secondary, which could be the best in the country.  While I think Grier will have a great season, it may take him a game or two to gel with WVU’s depleted receiving corps.

Virginia Tech 30-27


Chris Richardson

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The last time these two teams got together, I was a junior at WVU and the Mountaineers had yet to capture the magic that would follow them for the next several seasons. VT was a perennial power with a Hall of Fame head coach. Although much has changed since that afternoon in 2005, it’s great to have this game back on the schedule, even if its not every year.

Everyone back in West Virginia seems to be fired up about Will Grier, and why not? He had a heck of a season going at Florida and seems to have all the tools to be a great quarterback. But he hasn’t played a game in a looong time, and expecting him to come out and be Tom Brady from the first snap isn’t realistic. In time, he’s capable of having a special season, as is the offense, but for now I’m going to make the safe pick. Virginia Tech has a ton of talent returning on defense, and that will be the difference.

Virginia Tech 27-21


Brian Jolliff

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There are some games where stats, numbers and match-ups don’t matter as much as they might in other games, and I can only think of two teams that fit this mold. One from the north (that shall not be named) and one from the southeast, Virginia Tech. After over a decade of dormancy, the rivalry is back and kicks off the college football seasons for both teams. I’m sure both coaching staffs have been extolling the nature of the rivalry to their respected teams, but lets face it … all of these players were in grade school the last time the schools matched up on the field. So what’s on the line this weekend? The Black Diamond Trophy for one.

West Virginia 34-27