It’s GAMEDAY in Morgantown.
It’s partly cloudy, about 70 degrees – a good day for some football.
Quick, but important note: Dustin Garrison is on today's dress list. Garrison has missed the first two games of the season returning from knee surgery.
What’s on the line today?
This is the last tune-up before the Big 12 opener next week against Baylor and West Virginia has a few kinks to work out still. They are heavy favorites but were not quite as perfect a week ago against James Madison as they were in the opener. This team has yet to have any major turnovers on offense, so another clean game helps them remain one of the most exciting offenses to watch this year.
What are the big questions?
- How will special teams fare against one of the more explosive punt/kickoff return specialists they will have faced? Stefon Diggs ranks in the top 25 in the country in all-purpose yards (147 per game), punt-return average (13.8) and kick-return average (30.75).
- Geno Smith has yet to be sacked this season. Maryland averages 2.67 per game. Can the offensive line keep him clean?
- Does the Maryland defense – ranked No. 8 in the country in total defense (227.33) and No. 6 nationally against the pass (124.3 yards per game) – disrupt Smith and his offense?
Best case scenario?
West Virginia gets superior play by the offensive line again, Smith is pulled by early in the fourth quarter because this one is out of hand and the defense gains some more important experience. The defense also creates some big turnovers against a young defense and this team can go into next week with some serious confidence.