It’s Gameday in Landover, Md.
What’s on the line today?
Not a ton really. West Virginia should win this one with ease, and as a team should be in command early. Crowd expectations are low, and the charge of playing in an NFL stadium will likely be extinguished when it’s half empty. Individually though, several players will be forced to step it up. Keep an eye on corners Brodrick Jenkins and Pat Miller. Both have been singled out as needing to kick it up a notch with a pair of freshmen in the two-deep that are getting some attention: Nana Kyrehmeh and Ricky Rumph.
What are the big questions?
You guessed it: the defense. From the line, all the way back to the secondary there are questions still about who will be able to perform week in and week out. This group gave up 545 yards to Marshall, let them get off 101 plays, and never stopped them in the red zone on scoring chances (6-for-6). Sure, a chunk of those yards came when the starters were pulled, and a lot of this can be chalked up to the sheer number of first timers out there. Improvement is necessary.
Best case scenario?
The offense scores at will, has no trouble with ball security and the defense gains some desperately needed experience. The Big 12 opener is just two weeks away, and though the team refuses to look ahead (and instead focuses on each week…yeah we get it) the rest of us are counting down the days.