West Virginia vs. Missouri fearless prediction and game preview.
West Virginia vs. Missouri Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 7
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, Columbia, MO
West Virginia (1-0) vs. Missouri (0-1) Game Preview
Why West Virginia Will Win
If the Mountaineer offense isn’t going to be Will Grier-like explosive, it needs to own the defensive side.
Can the defensive front get into the backfield like it did against James Madison? The Missouri pass rush wasn’t there against Wyoming – there were just two tackles for loss and no sacks – and the O line had a few issues allowing pressure.
If there’s a time to get the running game going, this is it. The Tigers were shockingly bad against the Cowboys up front, allowing close to 300 yards on the ground and a whole slew of home runs, but ..
Why Missouri Will Win
24 carries for 34 yards. That was the West Virginia running game against James Madison, with no gain of more than five yards.
Wyoming’s running game came up with something special in Laramie. It might have ripped through the Tiger defensive front at will, but Cole Garrett and the linebackers are good enough to make WVU one-dimensional.
There wasn’t any downfield passing game last week for the Mountaineers, and they didn’t show any ability to possibly keep up if the Tigers can get up fast. Kelly Bryant might have misfired a bit too much, and he threw a bad pick, but he also threw for 423 yards. Mizzou can bomb away, West Virginia – at least after one week – can’t.
What’s Going To Happen
Missouri will get its groove back.
That was just a strange, weird, crazy game against Wyoming, and while there might be concerns on the defensive side after having so many problems, they won’t matter this week.
This won’t be the wild-and-crazy shootout you might like or think is coming from these two programs known for high-octane offenses, but it’ll be a solid Tiger victory that gets the season going – and makes Bryant look even better.
West Virginia vs. Missouri Prediction, Line
Missouri 30, West Virginia 17
Line: Missouri -14, o/u: 62.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 3
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