West Virginia vs. Kansas Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the West Virginia vs. Kansas fearless prediction and game preview.
West Virginia (2-1) vs. Kansas (1-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23rd
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Lawrence KS
Kansas, it’s the first game of the rest of your life.
It’s been an ugly run for the Jayhawks – again – with losses to Central Michigan and Ohio making it look like yet another lost year for the Big 12’s free space program.
Beat West Virginia, and that all changes.
The Mountaineers are among the few who’ve dropped the ball against the Jayhawks over the last few seasons, losing in 2013. However, they’re 5-1 all-time in the series, and they’re coming into this in a groove.
From the fourth quarter of the loss to Virginia Tech on, WVU has been unstoppable. Beating East Carolina and Delaware State is nothing to chirp about, but the offense has had time to tune up with Will Grier under center, and now everything appears to be working just fine.
With a date at TCU up next, the Mountaineers need to roll past this, take the week off, and then go on a roll.
But it’s up to the Jayhawks to show up and make this a fight.
One Reason Why West Virginia Will Win
Kansas still isn’t generating any sort of a pass rush.
The Jayhawks have just two sacks in their first three games and aren’t making enough plays behind the line. How bad have things gotten for the KU defense? Ohio quarterbacks started to look like Tom Brady, combining to hit 16-of-22 passes for 254 yards and three scores.
Will Grier has been magnificent so far, doing what he was supposed to over the last few weeks including a 304-yard day against Delaware State.
The Mountaineer line is giving him time to work, and he’s taking full advantage of it. He’ll get all the room and time he wants.
One Reason Why Kansas Will Win
So what’s working for Kansas? The passing game is putting up big yards.
The Jayhawks actually ran the ball fairly well at times against Ohio, with Khalil Herbert busting out a huge dash on the way to a 137-yard day. The line couldn’t protect QB Peyton Bender, but he still threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns, mostly in desperation comeback mode.
The Mountaineers secondary has been okay, not great. It got hit hard by East Carolina for 328 yards – an inefficient 328, but 328 nonetheless – and it’ll give up big plays in chunks.
It goes against the nature of the Kansas attack, but it has to slow things down a wee bit. It can’t keep up with the WVU pace that doesn’t care about time of possession. However …
What’s Going To Happen
That’s not going to happen.
Kansas will try to outgun the Mountaineers, and it’s going to get drilled by Grier and company.
There will be plenty of yards and points, but West Virginia will get up early, and then deal with the bulk passing stats coming late.
West Virginia vs. Kansas Prediction
West Virginia 46, Kansas 20
West Virginia -20 o/u: COMING
5: Kareem Hunt – 1: Ezekiel Elliott … 4
Must See Rating
5: The Vietnam War – 1: Young Sheldon … 2