POST ROUTE PODCAST: WEEK 10
Last weekend was West Virginia's turn to have a week off, and the Mountaineers now have their fifth top-15 matchup when No. 12 Kansas State comes to town tonight. Meanwhile, while Pitt fell apart late Saturday against North Carolina, taking a 40-35 road loss.
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0:30-15:57: RB James Conner rumbled for 224 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries against the Tar Heels, but a weakening defense and QB Chad Voytik's fumble ended the Panthers' hopes of a last-minute comeback win. Is the Pitt defense regressing after its strong start to the season? Voytik had a steady start marred by the last drive and late fumble; he has begun to round into form, but does he need to spread out the offense more? Now Pitt faces a Syracuse team that is not a good one. Can the Panthers hold serve at home against an Orange team that has lost seven of its past eight games? Syracuse doesn't play much offense, but what strengths does it possess?
15:58-25:44: Kansas State is a team that doesn't beat itself, according to everyone down in Morgantown. So, can the Mountaineers find a way to stop shooting themselves in the foot — as indicated by their minus-13 turnover margin? Was the off week a blessing or a curse for West Virginia, after a blowout loss against Texas and back-to-back defeats for the first time this season? Has this West Virginia/Kansas State game lost a little bit of its luster in the past few weeks? QB Jake Waters and WR Tyler Lockett are one of the more potent QB-WR tandems West Virginia has faced this season; will the rested Mountaineers secondary be up to the task?
25:45-40:00: Alabama bumped up four spots in the rankings this week after knocking off then-No. 1 Mississippi State, and the Crimson Tide now atop college football as the new No. 1. "Which is so stupid!" says Werner. Florida State hasn't looked dynamite week in and week out, but it's pretty darn hard to go undefeated; are the Seminoles being undervalued? Is this Florida State team comparable to the 2012 Notre Dame team? Who in the Nos. 4-7 range can jump up and secure that No. 4 seed? Could it be Baylor? Ohio State? The Buckeyes, for our money, might be the scariest team to face right now. All that and more on the 10th episode of the Post Route Podcast.