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Gameday: West Virginia vs. Iowa State

Written by Craig Meyer on .

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- It's a gray, gloomy day here at Milan Puskar Stadium about 30 minutes out of West Virginia's game against Iowa State.

Here's what to know before kickoff.

Kickoff: 12 p.m.

TV, Radio: Fox Sports 1, Sirius Channel 145, XM Channel 199.

Line: West Virginia -14

All-time series: West Virginia leads, 2-1. The Mountaineers won the last meeting, 37-24, in Ames in Skyler Howard's first career start.

Stat to remember: West Virginia has had two shutouts this season after last week's win against Kansas, the first time it has done that since 1996.

Opposing player to watch: Allen Lazard. The Cyclones' offense has struggled at times this season, evidenced by the firing of Mark Mangino late last month, but Lazard has been a constant. The sophomore is fifth in the Big 12 in receptions per game (5.1) and receiving yards per game (73.4). In the past four games, he has averaged 82 yards per game and has three touchdown catches the past two games.

Opposing player to watch, Part Deux: Joel Lanning. While his team's fortunes largely haven't changed, Lanning's run as the team's starting quarterback has fundamentally altered its offense. As opposed to Sam B. Richardson, a more traditional pocket passer, Lanning has run for at least 35 yards in the past four games, highlighted by a 130-yard effort against Oklahoma State two weeks ago. The Mountaineers have struggled at times against more mobile quarterbacks in Big 12 play this season. Is Lanning akin to Trevone Boykin or Seth Russell? Absolutely not. But his style of play could cause some problems.

Star of the game: Terrell Chestnut. Don't really have any firm grounding in this guess, but I think the decorated senior defensive back who has played through an injury for much of this season will show out in his final home game.

Prediction: I think Iowa State comes out more motivated than deflated in wake of the Paul Rhoads news, but even with that added wrinkle, there's just not enough for them to pull off the upset, especially since it's away from Ames, a place that seems to breed weird games.

West Virginia 38, Iowa State 24

 

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