Fearless Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers – Kansas Jayhawks

West Virginia running back Leddie Brown (4) is facemasked while applying a stiffarm to Texas Tech's Broderick Washington

Fearless Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers – Kansas Jayhawks

Andy went from the penthouse to the outhouse, but was close to having a laugh over the field. He’s happy with the Mountaineer win, of course, and still has time to battle his way back.

Chris (four points) and Jeff and Jon (five points) led the field with the lowest differential from the final score, and Jane wasn’t far behind at seven. Greg’s year-long consistency put him in a tie with Jon at the top, but the standings are still tightly packed, with only eight points separating first and seventh place.

The scores will be all-important this week, as no one is picking a Jayhawk surprise in the University City.

Greg Hunter

Last Week: W      Season Record: 4-0      Point Differential: 46

Kansas may be a little better than it has been the past couple of years, but we’re talking about baby steps here. It’s hard to envision West Virginia having much difficulty handling the Jayhawks. The only pause is the memory of KU’s rushing attack gashing WVU last year. But even in that situation, the Mountaineers won fairly easily. The same should happen this year.

West Virginia 45-20

Jonathan Martin

Last Week: W      Season Record: 4-0      Point Differential: 46

The Mountaineers are rolling – and quite simply – don’t expect Kansas to stop them.

After holding on to beat Texas Tech on the road last week, WVU returns home to face an improved Jayhawks team. The Will Grier-led offense should score at will and the much-improved defense will continue to step up. I’d expect this one to be over early.

West Virginia 45-20

Jane Donovan

Last Week: W      Season Record: 4-0      Point Differential: 48

Whenever I think of Kansas, my inner juke box plays my favorite Kansas hit, “Carry on, oh wayward son/There’ll be peace when you are done.” The lyrics seem particularly apt for our playlist this week, given the nerve-wracking, nail-biter of a Texas Tech game last week. Hopefully, the Mountaineers will indeed carry on, play four entire quarters against Kansas, throttle the Jayhawks, and devoted fans can lay their weary heads to rest and cry no more. No more wayward sons, please. You’re beautifully positioned to make a run at some major hardware this year. If you don’t take Kansas seriously, the most depressing tune of the 1970s will cue up: Kansas’s “Dust in the Wind.” I hate that song.

West Virginia 41-17

Brian Jolliff

Last Week: W      Season Record: 4-0      Point Differential: 51

Nothing is ever guaranteed and nothing is ever assured. This is especially the case in sports, where just about anything and everything can happen. In a game that the Mountaineers are heavily favored in, you would expect a victory this Saturday, but I hope that this team and the coaches understand that winning has to be earned on the field. Myself, like all of the Mountaineer faithful, have only to look back to recent history to realize that if you don’t come to play, you can and will be beat. With that mindset, WVU should have a solid “W” this weekend with the final score depending on how fired up the offense is in the first half and how well the run game plays in the second.

West Virginia 52-14

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Bill Gleason

Last Week: W      Season Record: 4-0      Point Differential: 52

It’s Kansas week. It’s just like Rutgers week from the old Big East days, except Kansas has enough talent to clip you if you sleep on them.

WVU wins handily. And if Tony Gibson’s DAWGS can corral KU running back Pooka Williams, it could be ugly. It will.

West Virginia 55-17

Jeff Cobb

Last Week: W      Season Record: 4-0      Point Differential: 53

It’s a Gold Rush weekend, with “rush” being the operative word. Last year, Kansas torched WVU’s defense, seemingly running at will in the second half. It made for an uncomfortably close game in Lawrence.

Make no mistake about it: The Jayhawks will be looking to do the same thing in this game. I think they will have a little bit of success, mostly because they are so committed to it.

But I believe this WVU defense bears little resemblance to the unit last year. The beefier Mountaineer defensive line, the one that can rotate in a completely fresh contingent of players every other drive, is far superior to what West Virginia fielded last year. Add in David Long, Dylan Tonkery and the speedy JoVanni Stewart to clean up the holes and you have a much better run defense.

I expect the usual offensive output, so West Virginia should win this one by four touchdowns.

West Virginia 52-24

Chris Richardson

Last Week: W      Season Record: 4-0      Point Differential: 54

The Jayhawks come to Morgantown upset-minded, and a big reason why is freshman running back Pooka Williams. The Louisiana native hails from the same high school (Hahnville) as former WVU great Darius Reynaud. Williams leads the Big 12 in rushing, but in recent weeks has also shown he’s a threat in the passing game as well as returning kicks. Finding a way to slow down #1 for KU will go a long way in helping the Mountaineers get Big 12 win number three. Another challenge this week will be navigating Kansas’s pass defense, which is among the best in the conference. This game won’t be a cakewalk, but I expect WVU to take care of business at home.

West Virginia 42-28

Andy Easton

Last Week: L      Season Record: 3-1      Point Differential: 58

Entering this weekend there is only one question that needs to be asked. Which WVU team will show up against the visiting Jayhawks, the first half team that blew the Red Raiders off the field or the team that couldn’t get out of its own way in the second half? Being unable to put two solid halves of football together seems to be a recurring theme under head coach Dana Holgorsen’s leadership.

One good half of football should be good enough to pluck the Jayhawks on Saturday. While Kansas has shown improvement on defense, its offense is still struggling to put points on the board against good teams. WVU QB Will Grier, will continue to post Heisman numbers as the Mountaineers win in a rout.

West Virginia 45-13

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