West Virginia Kansas GAME DAY Staff Predictions

Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers (2-1 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12 Conference) face the Kansas Jayhawks (0-3 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12) in a Big 12 Conference battle.

The Mountaineers are coming off a 27-21 double overtime win against the Baylor Bears two weekends ago at Mountaineer Field, while Kansas lost to Oklahoma State 47-7 at home on October 3rd.

Here’s how our experts think today’s game will play out:

Clark Johnson, Football Analyst, The Voice of Motown (3-0 this season):

Kansas was going to struggle in this game regardless, but now that Les Miles will not be making the trip to Morgantown, it’s basically a done deal.  Jarret Doege has his best game of the season, and Leddie Brown cracks 100 rushing yards again.

Mountaineer Nation will get their first in-person look at Garrett Greene.



Hank Steinmiller, Writer, The Voice of Motown (3-0 this season):

What better day to welcome fans back to Milan Puskar Stadium than a game against Kansas?  West Virginia will stay close to their 177 rush yards per game average against an awful Kansas defensive line.

The Big 12’s best defensive line manhandles the Kansas offensive line.  The defense as a whole collects 12 tackles for loss.  The Mountaineers improve to 2-1 in the Big 12 with relative ease.



Brad Smith, Senior Writer/Owner, The Voice of Motown (1-2 on the season):

Like Vegas predicts, I think Kansas plays better and more freely without Les Miles in town.  The Jayhawks have struggled mightily in their first three games and have absolutely nothing to lose.

With that said, West Virginia is the superior team and will eventually handle Kansas today.  I predict a 21-14 West Virginia lead at half before opening up its lead in the second half.  With a huge game coming next week in Lubbock, Texas against Texas Tech, this isn’t a game that Head Coach Neal Brown will reveal too much.  Instead, he’ll be happy to simply grind out another conference win at home.