Monday, October 3, 2011


Matchup: West Virginia v Connecticut

When: Saturday, Noon, Big East Network

Line: WVU -20.5

WVU Players to Watch:
Geno Smith, QB: 1709 yards, 12 TD, 3INT
Dustin Garrison, RB: 356 yards, 7.9 ypc, 4 TD
Tavon Austin, WR: 35 rec, 480 yards, 1 TD, 1 Return TD
Terrence Garvin, S: 33 total tackles, 2 TFL, 2 INT

Connecticut Players to Watch:
Lyle McCombs, RB: 608 total yards, 5 total TD
Kashif Moore, WR: 16 rec, 220 yards, 3 TD
Jory Johnson, LB: 44 total tackles, 4 TFL, 2 INT
Kendall Reyes, DT: 18 total tackles, 9.5 TFL, 4 sacks

Big East play is here. What does this mean for WVU? Well, it should mean seven wins. Will it mean seven wins? Only time will tell, but if WVU plays to its potential I just don't see any of these teams beating the Mountaineers. But, that's why they play the game.

Has Dana Holgorsen finally found a primary back? For now. Dustin Garrison's coming out party against Bowling Green was outstanding. However, will his production continue? That's the question. Even if he slows, Shawne Alston and the other young backs should be there to pick up the slack. The holes are now there to take advantage of thanks to the improved offensive line.

Special Teams still an issue. Corey Smith needs to figure out how to consistently punt or he is going to be out of a job. And the coverage is worse than shaky. Only WVU can make 11 guys like like four in coverage. This has been an ongoing problem for the last five-or-so years. At some point you would think it would get better. Apparently not. Maybe its the Curse of Bill Stewart...who yes, used to coach Special Teams.

Can the defense slow down Lyle McCombs? It will probably be the objective. Much better to have Johnny "Trickshot" McEntee try to beat you than a solid rushing attack. McEntee hasn't been efficient this season, which could play right into the hands of the WVU secondary.

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