The West Virginia Mountaineers look to go 2-0 this weekend when hosting Youngstown State in Morgantown. Here is everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s match-up.
The West Virginia Mountaineers got off to a hot start in Week 1 by defeating the Tennessee Volunteers 40-14 in the Belk College Kickoff game.
Quarterback Will Grier torched the Tennessee secondary and lived up to the pre-season Heisman hype by throwing for 429 yards and five touchdowns, while wide receivers David Sills (140 yards, two touchdowns) and Gary Jennings (113 yards and one touchdown) continued where they left off in 2017.
Youngstown State will head into the game coming off a close 23-21 loss to Butler in the season opener, which came on a last-second field goal after blowing a 14 point third quarter lead. Bo Pelini is hoping to see his squad rebound after the disappointing performance but will be faced with a tough match-up on Saturday against the Mountaineers.
Keys to Victory
West Virginia – The Mountaineers will look to continue where they left off last week and come out firing through the air, but while scoring shouldn’t be an issue, there are some serious questions on the defensive side of the ball. On Saturday, West Virginia lost starting linebacker Charlie Benton for the season, which adds to the depth issues having already lost Quondarius Qualls and Brendan Ferns to ACL injuries in the Spring. That said, the Mountaineers responded well against Tennessee and got a solid push from the defensive line, so as long as they continue to air it out, Youngstown State shouldn’t be able to keep up.
Youngstown State – For the Penguins to pull off the upset in Morgantown, they will need to find a way to slow down the West Virginia offense. If Bo Pelini can prepare his squad to get some stops, along with a couple turnovers, Youngstown State very well could be in this game down the stretch. Just two years ago, the Penguins went into halftime tied at 14 with the Mountaineers, but that West Virginia offense wasn’t led by Heisman candidate Will Grier.
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Money Line: N/A
With the FCS vs. FBS matchup, there are no lines set for this game.
If your tuning into this game, expect a lopsided affair. West Virginia should easily handle Youngstown State and light up the scoreboard in the process.
Final Score: West Virginia 58, Youngstown State 10