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West Virginia has just put College Football on notice


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“Everybody needs to step up their game and play to the level of expectations we know we can play at”.

ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (4-0, 1-0 Big 12): The Mountaineers have their own standout quarterback in Skyler Howard, who has completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 1,272 yards and seven touchdowns. The Mountaineers entered the week ranked No. 8 nationally in pass-efficiency defense.

West Virginia linebacker Sean Walters somehow came up with this insane interception during the second quarter of the Mountaineers’ visit to Lubbock.

Iowa State: The Cyclones are off next week, then host Kansas State on October 29.

Is that disrespect toward the Mountaineers or simply accounting for the unknown? Five wins into the season, folks are reassessing whether Gibson’s unit is really West Virginia’s weak link.

He continued: “They wanted to play more than us”. He will return for the Texas Tech game along with Maurice Fleming, a graduate transfer from Iowa who started in Crawford’s place but was limited in the second half against Kansas State with an ankle injury. “That’s good for us and good for the road team game anyway”, he said.

Chad Kelly ($6,200) is my next play at quarterback. He had the support of a rushing attack that piled up 332 yards and averaged 7.2 yards per carry Saturday. “If you play to stop the long pass, they will kill you with the run or with bubble screens or short crossing routes”.

OUR PREDICTION: The Mountaineers have won three of the previous five matchups, including the last two. The Mountaineers have dominated since the pick, expanding a 10-7 lead to a 48-17 triumph. However, I would take the “over”, which now stands at 83, as points for either team shouldn’t be much of an issue.

So if you would’ve said at the beginning of the year these two teams would be undefeated, atop of the Big 12 in week 7, not many would’ve believed you. West Virginia put Tech’s offense behind the chains numerous times and the red zone interception was the play of the game. Houston, Cincinnati and BYU can – and should – point to that model.

“We had to have pressure”, Gibson said. “If you give up 100 snaps, good luck, because you’re in for a basketball score”.

The Mountaineers have overcome plenty this year – from the loss of safety Dravon Askew-Henry in August to left tackle Yodny Cajuste in the season opener against Missouri.

West Virginia is coming to town with their sparkling record of 4-0.

With the Big 12 in a weakened state and Oklahoma set to visit Morgantown in November, well, go ahead and dream. They are yet to face the most challenging stretch of their schedule, as they still have to play Oklahoma, Texas and Baylor later this season. The sophomore leads the Big 12 in receptions per game (7.0) and receiving yards per game (122.8).

That’s the scenario this conference is forced to root for at this point.

One sack had him being chased by a couple of people when he dropped the ball and fell on it for a 19-yard loss. That leaves West Virginia.

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