Fearless Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers – N.C. State Wolfpack

Fearless Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers – N.C. State Wolfpack


In a tightly-bunched result, Brian held on to the lead with a 16-point miss of the WVU – Missouri game, but there’s little breathing room as his four closest pursuers trail by six, six, eight and 11 points, respectively. Bill gained ground with his 13-point difference – the best selection of the week.

Only Andy saw West Virginia scoring fewer than 20 points a week ago – will the results from Columbia affect this week’s selections?


Brian McCracken

Last Week: W     Season Record: 2-0     Point Differential: 27

If West Virginia can’t show any signs of life running the football, it’s hard to pick it against any Power 5 opponent not named Kansas. The Mountaineers defense will play better in week three, but if the Mountaineers can’t establish the run and alleviate some of the pressure off of Austin Kendall and a young receiving corps I can’t see a win against N.C. State.

NC State 28-18


Michael Minnich

Last Week: W     Season Record: 2-0     Point Differential: 33

The competition hasn’t been the strongest for the Wolfpack, but they’ve allowed a grand total of six points in two games. West Virginia will show some improvement up front, but not enough to make this a close game.

NC State 35-14


Greg Hunter

Last Week: W     Season Record: 2-0     Point Differential: 33

The 2018 meeting that never was could have been one of the great quarterback duels of all time with N.C. State’s Ryan Finley (now with the Bengals) vs. WVU’s Will Grier (now with the Panthers). The 2019 showdown features many new faces, as each club returns just four offensive starters from last year. This contest figures to be tight, so give a slight advantage to the home team.

West Virginia 28-27


Chris Richardson

Last Week: W     Season Record: 2-0     Point Differential: 35

NC State annually hosts one of the best collegiate traditions you probably don’t know about – the annual Krispy Kreme Challenge. Or, as the official website describes it, “2400 calories, 12 doughnuts, 5 miles, 1 hour.” Basically, students sign up to run the 2.5 miles from campus to a nearby Krispy Kreme and pickup a dozen original glazed doughnuts, then to eat the doughnuts and run the 2.5 miles back to campus. All proceeds go to a good cause – over the last 15 years, the challenge has raised nearly $2 million for the UNC Children’s Hospital.

NC State 38-20


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Jeff Cobb

Last Week: W     Season Record: 2-0     Point Differential: 38

NC State has easily handled its first two opponents (W. Caroina and ECU) allowing a combined 6 points. Nevertheless, I’m very tempted to pick West Virginia in this contest. But how could I possibly do that in good faith? Knowing what we all witnessed last weekend in Missouri? Traditionally, teams follow up embarrassing losses with greater effort and focus. In the battle of new coaching staffs and new schemes, I’m very tempted to pick West Virginia. And while I think we’ll see a much tougher and crisper WVU on Saturday, at the end of the day I don’t think it will be enough.

NC State 30-23


Andy Easton

Last Week: W     Season Record: 2-0     Point Differential: 43

The undefeated Wolfpack travel to Morgantown on Saturday with wins over ECU and Western Carolina under their belt and a stout defense led by former WVU coach, Tony Gibson. NC State is ranks fourth nationally in rushing defense, allowing only 1.02 yds per rushing attempt, which isn’t much less than WVU’s offensive run game is averaging.

I believe we will see some improvements in WVU’s offense this weekend but not enough to overtake the Wolfpack.

NC State 24-13


Bill Gleason

Last Week: W     Season Record: 2-0     Point Differential: 45

Last week was a disaster at Mizzou. It doesn’t get any easier this week. Thanks for the mess Dana.

NC State 38-13


Jane Donovan

Last Week: L     Season Record: 1-1     Point Differential: 57

If hope really is the thing with feathers, then mine got its wing tips scorched last week. Given Missouri’s loss to Wyoming and the improving performance of the West Virginia defense over the course of the JMU game, I hoped Neal Brown and his band of renown would find a way to pull off a victory. I was wrong.

Maybe this week, the best thing to do is try reverse psychology. If I pick against the Mountaineers, which I almost never do, perhaps they’ll prove me wrong. I hope.

NC State 21-10

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    Fearless Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers – N.C. State Wolfpack In a tightly-bunched result, Brian held on to the lead with a 16-point miss of the WV
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    #98172

    Gotta love Hunter’s optimism… same score prediction I made last week. I fear he will be as wrong this week as I was last.

    #98189

    I think things improve this week but I don’t know if it will be enough.

    #98209

    Being home will be helpful, but again if we can’t stop them and get the rushing game going we’ll see a similar result.

    "Confidence is a lot of this game or any game. If you don't think you can, you won't. "

    - Jerry West

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    Greg Hunter……. The only prognosticator with the nads to pick the home team.

    West Virginia 28-27

    Congrats Greg…… To the rest of you jabonies that have no faith.  Take a lesson from the master.   ….. (this includes me, I would have projected a blowout with NCSt putting in their 2nd stringers early in the 3rd)…..

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    I thought NC ST was over rated.  I was correct.  Defense is shutting teams down in second halves.

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