Ashley O’Brien: West Virginia and Virginia Tech will be playing in one of the biggest games of the weekend. This game has the opportunity to send the Mountaineers to a 2-1 record heading into conference play and possibly turn around their season. Neal Brown will face his toughest test yet, and I think the West Virginia defense will be the biggest story of the game. Virginia Tech likes to run the ball and I think the Mountaineer defense will be up to the challenge. Brown and company will edge out Virginia Tech late and bring the Black Diamond Trophy back to Morgantown.
West Virgina 21, Virginia Tech 17
Ethan Bock: West Virginia looks to host No. 15 Virginia Tech in Morgantown for the first time since 2005, as they look to take home the Black Diamond Trophy for the first time since 2003. There are a lot of importance in this game for Neal Brown and company. There’s too many question marks with this team even after the 66-0 win over Long Island. Luckily, Neal Brown and his team knows that they still aren’t where they want to be.
I think that the fans will keep the Mountaineers in this game but I don’t see the offense fixing their mistakes from the Maryland game two weeks ago. I hope this team proves me wrong but there’s no evidence that they will be able to defeat a top-15 team.
Virginia Tech 24, West Virginia 16
Wesley Shoemaker: I do not have much faith in the West Virginia offense if Jarret Doege plays the entirety of the game. If Garrett Greene plays 15 or more snaps, then I think it will be a different story. The West Virginia defense should keep the Mountaineers in the game to an extent. I think the crowd will also have an impact, as they will be loud and rowdy. Despite that, I don’t think the West Virginia offense will score enough to keep up with the Hokies, and Virginia Tech will pull away later in the fourth and send the Mountaineer fans home unhappy. Doege will struggle, and I think the Mountaineers will lose by double digits.
Virginia Tech 27, West Virginia 16
Quinn Burkitt: The old Black Diamond Trophy football game between currently ranked Virginia Tech will make for quite the game day atmosphere inside Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday. The biggest challenge of the day may come from a beastly Hokies defensive line which sacked North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell six times last week . As I do think this Virginia Tech team may seem a lot more qualified to win this game, 12 matchups since 1973 between these pair of schools have been decided by seven points or less.
Virginia Tech: 27, West Virginia: 21
Hayley Maguire: This weekends rivalry against the Moutaineers and the Hokies has been long awaited since 2017. One of the biggest factors in this game will definitely be the Mountaineers home field advantage as WVU fans never make it easy for the opposing team. The Hokies suffer a huge loss with tight end James Mitchell who is out for the season. The two teams offenses should be an interesting match up. Defensively I think WVU will put up a good fight. This should be a very close game, and I think it will come down to a late turnover late.
West Virginia 23, Virginia Tech 21
Carleigh Minor: Moving on from a complete shut out against LIU, West Virginia is getting ready to host No.15 Virginia Tech on Saturday. With hosting LIU and the end score being 66-0, the WVU football still needs to be prepared for their upcoming game. This is a major game due to the Black Diamond Trophy being involved. Virginia Tech is going to be a hard competitor, looking at their record so far this year they are doing well. They currently have a record of 2-0, in both games, they won by a decent amount. Being under the support of the fans, I think the Mountaineers will perform extremely well but, I’m not sure it will be quite enough to make the touchdowns that are needed.
Virginia Tech 30, West Virginia 18
Aaron Parker: In potentially the biggest game in the Neal Brown era so far, I think the Mountaineers and Hokies will be in a dogfight. I believe that both defenses will force a multitude of punts, but both teams will see the end zone a few times, too. I think Leddie Brown will continue his hot start with two touchdowns in the game, with one being from more than 20 yards out. I think Winston Wright will catch a touchdown along with Sean Ryan. I think Virginia Tech will be down by under a touchdown with the ball down the stretch, but the WVU defense will come up with a big stop behind the electric Mountaineer Field crowd.
West Virginia 28, Virginia Tech 24