It’s GAMEDAY in Morgantown.
It’s expected to be a chilly 44 degrees with 9 mile an hour winds coming from the northwest by kickoff at 3 p.m.
WVU vs. TCU at 3 p.m., Fox
What’s on the line? It may be a bit dramatic to declare the season is on the line today specifically. But we can realistically say a loss today does not bode well for the team’s future since there are tougher games coming up. It is the battle of the Big 12 newcomers, both of which have learned that life in the Big 12 is not easy. Both teams are still looking to become bowl eligible with a sixth win, and looking to improve their bowl position.
What are the big questions? Which West Virginia team will show up? There was the one that lit up the country by scoring touchdowns with such incredible ease earlier this year, and the one that has struggled to score in the last two. The defense has had to turn to youth and inexperience, but did the off week patch up some problems against the pass? Can WVU avoid a three game losing streak? The last time that happened was under Rich Rodriguez to end the season in 2004.
How effective will TCU freshman QB Trevone Boykin be? The Horned Frogs have gone just 1-3 since Casey Pachell was suspended after a drunk driving arrest and left school for rehab. Boykin suffered a knee injury a week ago but was declared the starter earlier this week.
Best case scenario: The WVU offense gets some confidence back today with an early lead, Geno Smith finds open receivers on a deep ball or two to open things up and RB Shawne Alston actually returns to the field with a running game that takes some pressure off the passing game. The defense, meanwhile, finds some success stopping the run and perhaps makes up for the yards it gives up in the air with a key turnover or two that leads to points.