Next Saturday, the Mountaineers FINALLY kick off their 2020 season against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. Today, we make three predictions for the opening game after what has been easily the longest offseason in the history of WVU football.
- The Defense Shows Promise: After being the topic of conversation for Neal Brown throughout fall camp, the defense shows their potential in the opening game. After showing some rust early, the unit comes on strong in the second half, shutting out the Colonels in the 3rd and 4th quarter en route to a huge game one victory. Also, expect the inexperienced secondary to have a big day against the Colonels’ passing game that struggled last season. The defense finishes with five total takeaways, four being interceptions.
- Bryce Ford-Wheaton Arrives: After an offseason that saw the attention go to Sam James, Bryce Ford-Wheaton will make his case for “WR1” in the first game. Ford-Wheaton will finish with over 100 yards, and will score two touchdowns to begin the season — one of which he will “Moss” the defender with his elite height. The redshirt sophomore begins the 2020 season strong, and should continue to produce throughout the season.
- WVU Rushes for 200 Yards: After a difficult 2019 season on the ground, the Mountaineers will get off to a hot start against the Colonels. Despite the decent rush defense from Eastern Kentucky, Leddie Brown and WVU’s offensive line will prove to be too much. Leddie Brown will crack 100 yards, and Alec Sinkfield and Tony Mathis will provide a solid second and third option en route to what will be WVU’s best rushing performance in two seasons. Improvement starts now.