The second part of our “Way Too Early” series comes our thoughts on how the Mountaineers will fare for the 2020 season. Here is The Voice of West Virginia’s Way Too Early Game-By-Game Predictions for the Mountaineers in 2020:

September 5, vs Florida State (Atlanta, Georgia):

Neal Brown opens up his second season against the Seminole who will be breaking in first-year Head Coach Mike Norvell. There will be a lot of unknowns going into the game. Since WVU will obviously be ahead in the rebuild process between the two, the edge goes to the Mountaineers. WVU 31, FSU 24

September 12: vs Eastern Kentucky:

The Mountaineers open their home slate against the Colonels from Eastern Kentucky. WVU should have no problem coming out of this contest with a W. WVU 45, EKU 10

September 19, vs Maryland:

For the first time since 2015, the border rivalry makes a comeback as the Mountaineers will battle the Terps. There will be a lot of emotion in a tightly contested first half. Expect Doege and the rest of the gang to pull away in the 3rd quarter. WVU 34, Maryland 20

September 26, vs Kansas State:

The final contest of a 3-game home stand will come against the Wildcats, who the Mountaineers upset in 2019. Expect Klieman to have his guys ready for revenge, but West Virginia should win this one with it being at home. 4-0 start for the Mountaineers. WVU 24, Kansas State 21

October 3, at Texas Tech:

The first road test of the season for the Mountaineers come in Lubbock, Texas against the Red Raiders. Matt Wells went into Morgantown with his Red Raiders in 2019 and embarrassed West Virginia 38-17. Expect a much different outcome in 2020. WVU should be primed for revenge and a 5-0 start. WVU 38, Texas Tech 31

October 10, vs TCU:

The Horned Frogs were kept out of bowl eligibility by the Mountaineers in 2019. Expect Gary Patterson to have his team ready and to upset the nationally ranked Mountaineers. TCU 31, WVU 28

October 17, at Texas:

The Longhorns and Mountaineers have had a string of highly competitive games here in recent years. Expect this one to be no different. The Texas crowd will be the difference. Texas 41, WVU 31

October 24, vs Kansas:

West Virginia snuck away with a 29-24 win in Lawrence in 2019. Expect this one to not be as competitive despite Les Miles having his team improved. The Mountaineers are now now eligible.  WVU 41, Kansas 17

November 7, vs Oklahoma:

WVU got smacked by the Sooners in 2019. Don’t expect a similar outcome, but the Mountaineers are not quite ready to knock off the Sooners. Oklahoma 45, WVU 34

November 14, at Oklahoma State:

The Cowboys have been a thorn in the side of the Mountaineers since 2015. Expect Neal Brown and the gang to get this monkey off their back this time. WVU 34, Oklahoma State 31

November 21, vs Baylor:

Assuming Matt Rhule comes back in 2020, the Bears should be at the top of the conference once again. The Bears have never won in Morgantown, and it will continue to stay that way. WVU 27, Baylor 26

November 28, at Iowa State:

The Cyclones have now won 2-straight against West Virginia. They will make it 3-straight behind the leadership of Brock Purdy. Iowa State 31, WVU 24

The Mountaineers will finish the second year of the Neal Brown era with an 8-4 record with a 5-4 in Big 12 record. A decent resurgence after a down 5-7 season in 2019. Expect the offense to be back on track in the upcoming season and the defense to be the difference in a number of ballgames.

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