Safe to say the Blue Gold Sports staff wasn’t batting a thousand last week after the Texas Tech loss. The Mountaineers are looking to bounce back on Halloween and Homecoming in Morgantown.
Let’s see what the staff thinks this week:
Ashley O’Brien: A wise intern for us pointed out that West Virginia has beaten Kansas State the last four years; a stat I forgot about. After last week’s blundering in Lubbock, Doege and the offense will show up catching balls at a much higher percentage while the Stills brothers and the defense will make their presence known. Spooky things happen on Halloween, mix a little Homecoming into that cauldron and you’ve got a recipe for a chilly rendition of “Country Roads.”
West Virginia 24, Kansas State 21
Shanna Rose: Kansas State has been playing good football since the first game of the season. WVU’s defense has proved they can hang but the Mountaineers’ offense continues to struggle. I don’t look for that to change against the Wildcats defense.
West Virginia 17, Kansas State 21
Ethan Bock: The Mountaineers come into this game after another loss where they should’ve beat their opponents, but in the end beat themselves. I do think Coach Brown will have his players ready to play on Saturday, but I do think Kansas State’s momentum will be too much for WVU to try to overcome and beat. Kansas State lost to Arkansas State at the beginning of the season and hasn’t lost since. It will be another great test for the Mountaineers offense to try to get in a rhythm, but I can’t see them winning this game.
West Virginia 23, Kansas State 28
Matt Thornsbury: When K-State comes to town it always proves to be a classic. I expect this to be another dog fight. The million dollar question is, as always, which Mountaineer team will show up? A team that has a bad taste in their mouth from a bad loss to Texas Tech last week or a team that is still struggling to find their mojo? The Wildcats beat Tech 31-21 and are riding a 16th ranking into Morgantown. Unfortunately, I don’t see this being a good weekend for West Virginia.
West Virginia 17, Kansas State 31
Thomas Berdel: The Mountaineers are at home this Halloween facing off against long time rival the Kansas St. Wildcats. This deep hostility between the two schools has been forming recently due to the Wildcats losing the past four games against WVU. However the Wildcats are currently nationally ranked at No. 16. The Wildcats are going to want to end the curse that has befallen them within the past few years, what a better time than on halloween itself. The Mountaineers at home have a lot to prove over last week’s game against Texas Tech.
West Virginia 36, Kansas State 35