West Virginia vs. Kansas fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 6
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV
West Virginia (4-0) vs. Kansas (2-3) Game Preview
One Reason Why Kansas Will Win
At the very least, Kansas has been competitive.
It got blown out by Baylor and Oklahoma State over the last two weeks, but it’s been a different sort of blowout – the team has more fight and more skill on both sides of the ball.
While the takeaways have stopped in Big 12 play, this is still the No. 1 team in college football in forcing turnovers, and it’s still not beating itself, giving it up just twice so far this year.
To make this a fight, the defense has to come up with at least three takeaways – the Mountaineers aren’t above giving it up a bit – and Carter Stanley has to get the air show going.
Peyton Bender wasn’t bad, but the coaching staff made the change to Stanley last week against Oklahoma State, and he came thorough with a 24-of-32 day for 247 yards and three scores. He wasn’t the problem in the loss – the offense moved.
One Reason Why West Virginia Will Win
If West Virginia wanted to give Will Grier a little time off, this would be the game.
It’s not that the Mountaineers can’t run the ball; they just don’t need to, thanks to a passing game that’s among the most effective in college football.
However, the Kansas run defense is starting to become an issue again, ranking last in the Big 12 after Justice Hill and Oklahoma State rumbled at will in Lawrence.
Kennedy McCoy has been a steady 70-yard rusher over the last few games, and if nothing else, WVU should be able to balance out the attack a bit.
And then let Grier put it away.
Absolutely magnificent in the first half in the win over Texas Tech, Grier and the WVU passing attack rolled for 370 yards and three touchdowns overall. Amazing on third downs and third in the nation in passing, the Mountaineers can bomb away as much as it wants to on the KU secondary.
What’s Going To Happen
After the way the offense slowed the roll in the second half against Texas Tech, watch out for West Virginia to come out fired up to put it away fast – and then not worry about the last two quarters.
Kansas will be feisty for a little while, and it’ll manage to come up with two takeaways to keep it a little bit interesting, but there won’t be much drama. At home, the Mountaineers roll with Grier having another big day.
Fearless Prediction & Line
West Virginia 47, Kansas 20
Line: West Virginia -29, o/u: 59.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 2
5: First Man
1: ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast