BYU’s brutal schedule continues while West Virginia gets one last tune-up before diving into the Big 12 world. Check out the BYU vs. West Virginia fearless prediction and game preview.
BYU (1-2) vs. West Virginia (2-0) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 24th
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Why BYU Will Win
Is there anyone more battle-tested than BYU right now?
The Cougars are roughly two plays away from being 3-0 – and a play away from being 0-3 – with all three games so far decided by a grand total of six points. Granted, the Cougars didn’t come through against Utah and UCLA, but this experienced, veteran team isn’t going to wilt under the pressure.
The offense might not be up to snuff so far, but the defense has been phenomenal and bending without breaking. The pass rush has been okay, but the defensive front has lived in the backfield with 22 tackles for loss spread out over the first three games, keeping three supposedly-strong ground games from doing much of anything.
UCLA was held to just 1.5 yards per carry, and Arizona only managed one big run in the season-opening Cougar win. The West Virginia ground game has been terrific over the first two games, but it’s not going to rumble for five yards per carry and well over 200 yards like it did over the first two games.
The BYU secondary gives up plenty of yards and catches, but it’s been aggressive and effective with six picks so far while only giving up three touchdown passes. West Virginia’s attack will be tested far more than it was any time in the first two games.
Why West Virginia Will Win
The BYU passing game has been spotty – not sensational.
Taysom Hill was accurate against Arizona, but he gave up three picks against Utah, He threw for 250 yards and a score against UCLA, but he threw a pick and he whiffed on way too many key throws. The Mountaineer secondary is solid enough to keep Hill from going off – it should be ground game or bust for the BYU running game.
The Mountaineers will start trying to crank up the ground attack against the solid BYU D, but it’ll be up to Skyler Howard to pull this off. Shaky in the opener against Missouri, he made up for it with a 389-yard, five-score day against Youngstown State, and now he’ll bomb away.
Josh Rosen might have slowed down late last week, but he put up 307 yards and two scores – Howard should average about eight yards a throw and keep things moving by connecting on third down throw after third down throw. Even with all the pressure the Cougars generate, they’re not great at getting off the field on third downs.
What’s Going To Happen?
Is West Virginia the Big 12’s best hope? Baylor is still unbeaten, but the Mountaineers look stronger after just two games. Now is when they have to make a real statement in a supposedly neutral site date that
BYU vs. West Virginia Prediction
Final Score: West Virginia 27, BYU 17
Line: West Virginia -7, o/u: 50.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Xmas in September – 1: Get out now … 3
Must See Rating: 5: The Magnificent Seven – 1: The Voice … 4