West Virginia Mountaineers
(1-0, 0-1 ATS)
Marshall Thundering Herd
(0-1, 0-1 ATS)
West Virginia state bragging rights are on the line in Huntington on Friday night, as the West Virginia Mountaineers and Marshall Thundering Herd will meet in college football betting action.
WVU has its share of problems that it needs to address and address in a hurry if it has any desire of making a BCS bowl game this year. The Mountaineers have a prospective problem in the passing game right now, as QB Geno Smith probably should be doing better than 20-of-27 for 216 yards with two TDs and a pick against a team like Coastal Carolina. The ball just was never forced up the field during a defense that really should’ve had no answers. There is plenty of good to go around as well. WR Jock Sanders did his job to help out his first time quarterback, catching eight passes for 71 yards and a TD. RB Noel Devine made a nice early statement in the Heisman Trophy race, as he put together 23 carries for 111 yards and a TD. The defense also did a fantastic job, even though there should’ve never been a doubt about that. The Mountaineers held the Chanticleers to 186 total yards on the day. Coastal Carolina only went 2-for-14 on third down and had nine first downs to speak of.
Marshall fought tooth and nail against the Ohio State Buckeyes last week, but when push came to shove, it was simply outmatched on both sides of the ball. QB Brian Anderson deserves a ton of credit for doing everything he could to try to move the pigskin on the Buckeyes, but he just didn’t stand a chance, going 17-of-28 for 135 yards with an INT. He faced the wrath of a relentless pass rush all night long that Ohio State had to offer. The rushing attack was shut down as well, as the only man that reached double digits in yards was RB Martin Ward, who had a tame 32 yards on six totes of the ball. The defense was flat out run over as well, something that HC Doc Holliday won’t be tolerating this week in the home opener. The Buckeyes managed a hefty 529 yards of offense on the day. The only score came on a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown, which only seemed to further upset the hosts on the opening night of the season. Ohio State scored the final 31 points of the game from that point forward.
This Thundering Herd squad is still a year or two away, and Holliday knows it. This is a series that the Mountaineers have historically dominated, and this week shouldn’t be any exception. Devine should run wild, and WVU should post its fifth straight win in this series by at least 17 points.
Selection: West Virginia Mountaineers -13