Both the Mountaineers and the Jayhawks are coming off of a bye week as the teams meet up in Morgantown this week. For two team on bye weeks, their situations could likely not be more different. The Mountaineers are a one-loss team with a lot to prove this season while the Jayhawks are winless in Les Miles’s second season in Lawrence.
Speaking of Miles, it was announced last week that the head coach for the Jayhawks has tested positive for COVID-19 and there has not yet been word on if the Mad Hatter will be traveling to Morgantown for Saturday’s game. The head coach posted on his Twitter account Sunday evening that he is still in quarantine at home and hopes to return to his team and coaches when it is safe to do so.
The Jayhawks were one of the teams who fell victim to the Sun Belt conference in the opening weekend of football, losing to Coastal Carolina for the second year in a row. The Jayhawks will be looking to come to Morgantown in search of their first win of the season, which will be an uphill battle when 17,000 fans make Milan Puskar Stadium sound like it’s packed full of 60,000.
Arguably the star of the Jayhawks roster is running back Pooka Williams. Williams has been battling an injury this season that ha cut his playing time short in two games this season. Without a fully healthy Williams, the Jayhawks set themselves up for a steeper uphill battle when lining up against the Mountaineers defense, and the Stills brothers.
Last season, the Mountaineers traveled to Lawrence for their first game against Les Miles since 2011. West Virginia was a very young team last season and struggled at times to seal the deal in Kansas. While there is still plenty of youth on the Mountaineers roster, West Virginia’s defense will likely be too much for the Jayhawks.
The Mountaineers and the Jayhawks kick off Saturday at noon, with the game televised on FS1.