West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
West Virginia (0-0) vs. Virginia Tech (0-0)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 3rd
Game Time: 7:30 pm ET
Venue: FedEd Field, Landover, MD
There’s no NFL on the first Sunday in September, and while Josh Rosen and UCLA vs. Texas A&M will be on at the same time, this could be more interesting.
Welcome to the reboot of the Will Grier career.
West Virginia was good last season, but this could be the moment when the offense and the team becomes a national big thing if Grier comes out roaring. The hype is growing off the charts for the former Florida passer – who left after being punished for using PEDs – but lose this, and the Big 12 and Mountaineers take a big hit.
Meanwhile, the ACC can flex a little bit of muscle if the Hokies come out hot. It’s not exactly a rebuilding year in head coach Justin Fuente’s second season, but there are a few question marks – mainly at quarterback.
Considering this is supposedly the year of Miami in the Coastal, and with Florida State, Clemson and Louisville taking up all the attention, Virginia Tech needs to shine on the national stage.
One Reason Why West Virginia Will Win
Welcome to the big-time stage, new guy.
And no, it’s not just Grier who’ll be under pressure.
Virginia Tech would’ve probably been favored by most – or at least by those who didn’t pick Miami – if QB Jerod Evans didn’t leave early for the NFL. Now it’ll be up to redshirt freshman Josh Jackson to be the type of dual-threat option who can keep it all going.
The West Virginia defense might not be Alabama right away – or at all – but it’ll be good enough to give the rookie fits. The linebacking corps will be solid, the secondary fine, and the pressure will come right away. Keep Jackson bottled up and in the pocket, and the Hokies offense should stall for long stretches.
One Reason Why Virginia Tech Will Win
If Grier is going to have a monster game, he’ll have to do it against a Hokie secondary loaded with fringe NFL talents. The corners are fantastic, the safeties strong, and if the pass rush from a retooled line can get into the backfield and pressure Grier – which might not be a problem against a concerning WVU O line – the Mountaineer passing game might not rock like it needs to.
What’s Going To Happen
The two quarterbacks are going to be fantastic in a terrific game.
Grier will be razor-sharp from the start, looking and playing exactly like Mountaineer fans are hoping for. Jackson will be dynamic from the start, looking and playing exactly like Hokie fans are hoping for.
The difference will be a better overall performance from the Virginia Tech line that’ll bang away at times, while the Hokie secondary will be better than the Mountaineer defensive backs.
West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Prediction
Final Score: Virginia Tech 34, West Virginia 27
Line: Virginia Tech -4.5, o/u: 55.5
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