The Voice of Morgantown’s staff picks the winner of today’s game against the West Virginia Mountaineers and BYU Cougars.
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — The West Virginia Mountaineers (5-3, 3-2) host the BYU Cougars (5-3, 2-3) in another huge Big 12 Conference game for Neal Brown and the Mountaineers. BYU will be without starting quarterback Kedon Slovis, and the line for the game has gone all the way to -14 in favor of West Virginia in the last couple of days. Here’s how our experts think the game will play out today:
Wyatt Coffman, Graphic Designer, The Voice of Morgantown, 1-3
This is a huge game in the season for West Virginia with the Mountaineers only one win away from a postseason appearance. After a great win in Orlando last week, WVU is looking to keep the good times rolling and secure a bowl berth. I think WVU will run successfully against the Cougars and that Garrett Greene will continue to dominate at quarterback. In the end, I think the Mountaineer offense will be too much for Brigham Young and a BYU turnover could drastically shift the momentum of the game toward WVU in the second half.
WVU 35 BYU 24
Brayden Cline, Writer, The Voice of Morgantown, 0-0
This is just one of those games where I just have a feeling WVU dominates. I think we shut down the run early which will lead to the backup quarterback forcing things and making mistakes in front of the hostile environment he’s ever played in. Meanwhile the Mountaineers will play to their strengths in the cold and run away with this one.
WVU 31 BYU 13
Clark Johnson, Senior Writer, The Voice of Morgantown, 5-3
I’m going with my gut on this one. It’s at home, WVU is playing well, and BYU is without some key players. Give me the Cougars to cover the spread, but the Mountaineers to pull out the win.
WVU 27 BYU 20
Brad Smith, Publisher, The Voice of Morgantown, 5-3
I think this is going to be a lot closer than expected. Neal Brown doesn’t win big games and BYU backup quarterback Jake Retzlaff is a better, more efficient version of starter Kedon Slovis. West Virginia has a lot to play for; a win makes them bowl eligible and that’s a huge positive after two down, subpar seasons. The Mountaineers get the win, but barely, and perhaps in a wild one in overtime.
WVU 42 BYU 39
West Virginia vs. BYU Game Information
- When: Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET
- Location: Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia
- TV: FOX