Morgantown, W.VA. – West Virginia Mountaineers v. Eastern Kentucky Colonels kick off at noon on Saturday, September 12 in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Check out our staff predictions below:
Ashley O’Brien: The Mountaineers are looking to show off improvement as Coach Brown’s sophomore season gets underway. West Virginia faces an Eastern Kentucky team who went scoreless in Huntington last week. Ultimately, the Mountaineers take this non-conference opportunity to showcase their run game improvements and the dynamic Stills brothers on defense. The improved run game, Brown’s team’s confidence and the Stills brothers prove to be too much for the Colonels who will leave West Virginia winless a second weekend in a row.
West Virginia 45, Eastern Kentucky 3
Shanna Rose: Eastern Kentucky is coming off a loss to Marshall. While, they have a game under their belts and the rust should be shaken off, I think WVU will be too much for the Colonels. The Mountaineers’ defense should handle EKU’s offense pretty readily. I think WVU’s offense will put up some points. The Mountaineers’ offense has some exciting wide receivers and it will be fun to see what they can do.
West Virginia 56, Eastern Kentucky 3
Matthew Thornsbury: The Mountaineers are coming into the new season riding on Neal Brown’s second year at the helm. They have a strong defense that ended last year on a high note. The offense named Jarrett Doege as their starter last week. Doege led West Virginia to a 2-1 record to end the season in 2019. He completed 66% of his passes for 818 yards and 7 touchdowns. Eastern Kentucky went into Huntington probably expecting a lot more effort. Getting blanked and allowing 59 points is horrendous, and all that at the hands of Marshall makes it worse. The Colonels couldn’t break the 100-yard mark for rushing or passing and could only muster 166 total yards. I believe the Mountaineers have too much for Eastern Kentucky to handle. The defense blanks them for a second week in a row. The offense shows off a little bit of their ability. The Mountaineers pull it off at home to open their season.
West Virginia 42, Eastern Kentucky 0
Ethan Bock: Eastern Kentucky is still adjusting to their new game plan on both sides of the ball after hiring a new coaching staff. They shouldn’t score too many points on WVU’s defense after getting shutout by Marshall. Neal Brown mentioned on Tuesday that everyone will get playing time who he thinks is ready. I picked WVU to score 45 points, but that’s a generous 45 points. Hopefully the offense surprises me this game.
West Virginia 45, Eastern Kentucky 7
Thomas Berdel: It’s safe to say after recent events that WVU has an excellent chance at defeating the Colonels and starting this year off with a high scoring bang. The caliber of EKU is vastly different than what WVU is used to facing. As such the odds favor WVU greatly.
West Virginia 35, Eastern Kentucky 17