Fearless Picks: WVU – East Carolina

Fearless Picks: WVU – East Carolina

Both teams will be looking to bounce back from an opening lass – as is the majority of our panel. Chris and Andy jumped out to an early lead, leaving everyone else in chase mode. On the plus side, the score predictions were outstanding across the board, with no one very far from the final tally.


Andy Easton

Last Week: W     Season Record 1-0     Point Differential: 4

Mountaineer head coach Dana Holgorsen is 14-1 at home versus non-conference opponents, and this will be his first meeting as a head coach with the East Carolina Pirates. WVU has fared well over the years against the Pirates, and this year will be no different. While the Pirates should be improved from last season they are nowhere near the talent level of the 2008 Pirates that upset the #8 ranked Mountaineers 24-3. This game should be over by half time and there should be plenty of backups getting playing time in the fourth quarter.

West Virginia 45-17


Chris Richardson

Last Week: W     Season Record 1-0     Point Differential: 7

I don’t know much about ECU, other than Greenville is a vastly underrated college town and the Pirates’ “Purple Haze” entrance was really cool when they had good football teams. But this isn’t your father’s ECU, and what once appeared to be the quintessential trap game on WVU’s schedules of the 90’s and 2000’s is no longer one to fear. I see a big day (albeit brief) for Justin Crawford as the Mountaineers get their first win of the season.

West Virginia 38-13


Greg Hunter

Last Week: L     Season Record 0-1     Point Differential: 10

The short turnaround from its Sunday season opener could hamper West Virginia, but the enthusiasm of the year’s first home game should make up for that. ECU figures to be better than last year’s 3-9 mark, which included nine losses in the final 10 games. But other than the Pirates’ strong passing attack, WVU shouldn’t have too much to fear.

West Virginia 41-21


Matt Keller

Last Week: L     Season Record 0-1     Point Differential: 11

West Virginia showed both positives and negatives in its opening game, and revealed the sort of depth and special teams issues feared. But the Mountaineers are substantially better than the East Carolina team that gave up more than 600 yards of offense – including 422 yards on the aground at an average of more than 9.5 yards per carry. The Pirates are in a regrouping mode, and just what WVU needs at this point after a loss. ECU has never won in Morgantown (0-13) and it won’t start now.

West Virginia 41-20


Jeff Cobb

Last Week: L     Season Record 0-1     Point Differential: 12

It was definitely a frustrating way to start the year. Key missed assignments on three different defensive plays really hurt the Mountaineers, and WVU simply must do a better job of finishing drives on offense. The Mountaineers ran 89 offensive plays and gained almost 600 yards of total offense yet only managed 24 points against Virginia Tech. Granted, the Hokies defense is a vaunted unit, but 10 more points would have made the difference. Not to mention Holgerson’s unsportsmanlike penalty. It was killer. Hopefully he learns that the refs are really, really serious about that particular rule. Moving on to ECU, the loss against  JMU was fool’s gold. James Madison is really good, and ECU will make strides between game 1 and game 2. The Mountaineers will improve as well, but I don’t expect them to quite cover the 24-point line they are favored by

West Virginia 42-21


Jonathan Martin

Last Week: L     Season Record 0-1     Point Differential: 14

West Virginia looks to bounce back from a tough opening loss to Virginia Tech when East Carolina rolls into Morgantown on Saturday.
Despite the loss, the Mountaineers did a lot of things right against the Hokies.  Minus of a few mental errors on both sides of the ball there was good things to build on. Expect Will Grier to continue throwing the ball around the defense to erase a few mental errors.

West Virginia 45-17


Brian Jolliff

Last Week: L     Season Record 0-1     Point Differential: 14

Another old opponent is up for the Gold and Blue this weekend when the Pirates visit Morgantown. In a game that on paper looks to be in favor of WVU, you always get nervous that you’ll run into a trap game. It’s one that the Mountaineers can ill afford to drop. On many occasions with past squads, the Mountaineers have made an average QB look like a Heisman candidate for at least one week. But I think WVU pulls things together Saturday and wins convincingly.

West Virginia 28-17


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    Fearless Picks: WVU – East Carolina Both teams will be looking to bounce back from an opening lass – as is the majority of our panel. Chris and Andy j
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    blind

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    You’ll be atop the standings for quite awhile, at least through Oct. 7 because nobody is picking ECU, Del State or Kansas to beat the Mountaineers – and they won’t.

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    Yep – The TCU game will be the next pivotal pick. So, in the meantime, the pressure is on the panel for some fun and entertaining takes.

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