WVU has a chance to make some noise throughout the final stretch of the 2023 season.
Morgantown, WV – With the Mountaineers sitting at 4-1 overall and 2-0 in Big 12 play, the chance to make some noise is there in a down 2023 season for the conference. Many have looked ahead and determined that most of the games remaining on WVU’s schedule are winnable.
While we certainly agree, winning out is a lot easier said than done for a team that was picked to finish last in the Big 12. However, this does not mean that West Virginia will not at least finish strong, giving Neal Brown a chance to save his job.
Here are our predictions for WVU’s remaining 2023 schedule…
- 10/12 – at Houston: This is the one that many have been waiting for. The Mountaineers travel to Houston to go up against Dana Holgorsen – the man who left them for dead in 2019. While I am a firm believer in “any given Saturday” (or Thursday in this case), I expect the Mountaineers to take care of business here.So much for not being able to recruit talent at WVU, Holgs.
WVU 31, Houston 13
- 10/21 – Oklahoma State: Though the Cowboys may be down right now, I expect this to be a highly competitive game. The Mountaineers were able to take down Oklahoma State in Stillwater last season, 24-19. We will have a similar score again this season.We take the good guys in another close, low-scoring game.
WVU 21, Oklahoma State 16
- 10/28: at UCF: This is where West Virginia could run into some trouble. UCF may have suffered an embarrassing loss to Baylor, but they will have no issue with getting excited to play the Mountaineers. For the first time in 2023, the Mountaineers simply cannot keep up with an opposing offense.Expect the Knights to pull away late.
UCF 31, WVU 20
- 11/4 – BYU: Neal Brown still has West Virginia very much alive at this point in the season. The Cougars are better than advertised and will give the Mountaineers headaches in Morgantown. Garrett Greene outplays Kedon Slovis en route to another victory.
WVU 27, BYU 23
- 11/11 – at Oklahoma: WVU has the defense to play with Oklahoma, but the Sooners will have revenge on their mind. The Mountaineers drop this one by double digits.
Oklahoma 38, WVU 20
- 11/18 – Cincinnati: For the first time since 2011, WVU and Cincinnati are set to meet on the gridiron. That game finished at a 24-21 final, but I expect this one to have just a little wider of margin. Give me the ‘EERs.
WVU 33, Cincinnati 17
- 11/25 – at Baylor: The Bears may be down, but don’t count them out. Baylor is better than their record shows, and I believe they will give West Virginia fits. I’ll take the Mountaineers, but we will have to sweat it out.
WVU 17, Baylor 10
Final record prediction: 9-3 (7-2)
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