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West Virginia hosting Virginia Tech was an already important game for Neal Brown’s program. Now, with the opening loss to Maryland, it has much larger implications.
The fan base is restless, and the Neal Brown era lacks a true signature win up to this point. In addition to that, West Virginia has put themselves in a hole with the week one loss, and it will be dug deeper with a home loss to Virginia Tech. West Virginia has GOT to avoid a 1-2 start heading into Norman to kick off Big 12 play. Going into homecoming weekend, WVU could easily be 1-3. The last time West Virginia started a season 1-3 came nearly two decades ago in 2003.
The fanbase’s happiness is not going to be restored with a win over Long Island. The best way to regain fan optimism in this season is to beat Virginia Tech then go into Norman with much needed confidence and momentum.
Fan optimism isn’t the only thing on the fence right now though. A loss to Virginia Tech could derail the rest of the season. This game could decide the fate of the season.
WVU does have some improving to do, but I do believe they will go out and beat Virginia Tech. It will be a sold out, gold rushed, Milan Puskar Stadium. Neal Brown has the chance to get his signature win and the chance to regain momentum and optimism from the fan base.