Lawrence, Kansas – The West Virginia Mountaineers (5-6) travel to Lawrence, Kansas to play the suddenly-hot Kansas Jayhawks (2-9) with a lot on the line. With a win, the Mountaineers will finish .500 on the season at 6-6 and will be bowl eligible. A loss aganist the worst team in the Big 12 would be devastating.
Here’s how our experts think the game will play out today:
Brad Smith, Senior Writer/Owner, The Voice of Motown (9-2 on the season)
Kansas has played its two best games of the season the last two weeks, beating Texas 57–56 in overtime at Austin and then barely losing on the road 31-28 at TCU.
While Kansas has played better, they still can’t stop the run and they can’t apply any pressure from the defensive line. Jarret Doege looks like a competent quarterback when there’s no pressure and he’ll likely have a big game against another bad defense.
Expect Kansas to come out with trick plays and score early against West Virginia. The Mountaineers haven’t proven capable of blowing any team with a pulse out and this game will be yet another nail-biter.
WVU 35 Kansas 27
Brandon Cork, Writer, The Voice of Motown, Co-Host, The Voice of Motown Podcast
West Virginia is looking to clinch bowl eligibility entering Lawrence, Kansas, and they face a red hot quarterback in Jalon Daniels. However, I believe the Mountaineer defense will bounce back after a spotty game against Texas and shut down the sophomore quarterback.
WVU should be able to attack Kansas’s porous defense and easily put points on the board. I predict West Virginia will close out the regular season with a big victory and clinch a bowl berth.
WVU 41 Kansas 21
Tyler Pepe, Co-Host, The Voice of Motown Podcast
The West Virginia Mountaineers have a lot on the line today. The Mountaineers are trying to become bowl eligible, while the Jayhawks are trying to send their seniors off with a win.
Kansas will turn to their sophomore quarterback, Jalon Daniels, for offensive production. Daniels is a threat with his arm and legs, but his offensive line has had issues this year.
Expect West Virginia’s defense to be in the Kansas backfield early and often. Kansas has a defense that can’t stop the run, and they don’t pressure the quarterback very well. Expect Doege to have a solid game with a clean pocket. I predict West Virginia wins comfortably.
WVU 35 Kansas 13
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