West Virginia Mountaineers WVU Blue helmet

RECORD: 3-0 

CONFERENCE RECORD: N/A

NEXT OPPONENT: Texas Tech

GAME INFORMATION

LOCATION: Milan Puskar Stadium, West Virginia

TIME: Saturday, October 1st, 3:30 p.m. ET

BETTING LINE: West Virginia (-3.5)

OVER/UNDER: 54

Kansas State Wildcats k-state-1

RECORD: 2-1

CONFERENCE RECORD: N/A

NEXT OPPONENT: Texas Tech

WEST VIRGINIA PLAYER TO WATCH

Skyler Howard

With six touchdowns and 964 yards under his belt in his past three games this season, all eyes should be on WVU’s quarterback Skyler Howard. Howard is a dual-threat quarter back that loves to throw the ball around the field, but is not afraid to run it either.  In last season’s game against Kansas State, Howard posted 281 yards and one touchdown, as well as a 24 yard connection with Jovon Durante. Going up against the top ranked Kansas State defense will be a challenge for Howard, and the rest of the West Virginia offense, but his experience on the field will help him and his team earn a win.

KANSAS STATE PLAYER TO WATCH

Jesse Ertz

The same player to watch from last week is back. Ertz is one to watch this weekend. The quarterback has an impressive 418 yards and four touchdowns this season. While he is not much of a thrower, Ertz runs the ball frequently, and it works for him. His quickness on the field keeps his scoring up, and adds to his yard total. With shaky defense from West Virginia, Ertz’s success this weekend will determine on whether or not West Virginia is playing a strong defense. And if they are not, Ertz will be able to hand his team another win this season.

KANSAS STATE POSITION GROUP PREVIEW

OFFENSIVE LINE: Use WVU’s shaky defense to your advantage. Play around them.

TIGHT ENDS: Cody Small has skills that extend the other tight ends. Give him the ball

RUNNING BACKS: Let Charles Jones run.

QUARTERBACKS: Throw the ball more. Their defense will be expecting you to run.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Keep up with the exciting play.

DEFENSIVE LINE: Watch the weak Kansas State offense. Use it to your advantage.

LINEBACKERS: Elijah Lee… Let him tackle. He lead the team last year, and he can again.

SECONDARY: Dante Barnett is leading a young secondary, after suffering an injury last season

SPECIAL TEAMS: Keep up the solid play.

COACHING: Two words: Bill Snyder

GAME PREVIEW ANALYSIS

This Saturday’s game is up in the air. Both West Virginia and Kansas State have deep one-sided talent, but lack on the other end of the spectrum. For the Mountaineers, they have a strong offense, but show a shaky defense. The Wildcats have a highly ranked defense, but they struggle on the offensive side. The game belongs to whomever can bring up their other side higher, and who can play the field better. Since being in the Big 12, West Virginia has not beaten Kansas State. But this weekend in Morgantown could be a break in the clouds for the Mountaineers. They have both a strong offense, averaging over 500 yards per game, and they will be playing on their home turf. Their defense has been a bit off this season, but WVU has managed to maintain a 3-0 record. Kansas State is 2-1, but shows a strong defense. They lead the nation in defense, only allowing an average of 179 yards per game. Their defense will be tested this weekend against West Virginia’s spread offense, but the Wildcats have managed to stop the Mountaineers in years past. Both teams have the capability to win, and it will come down to who has the ball in the final minutes. Both teams can combat each other, but both also have the ability to make mistakes. It will be an interesting matchup on Saturday.

WEST VIRGINIA POSITION GROUP PREVIEW

OFFENSIVE LINE: Be aggressive. Watch your teammates’ backs, and give them space.

TIGHT ENDS: Fight hard against Kansas State’s defense. Don’t play calmly.

RUNNING BACKS: Do your jobs the way you know how to do them.

QUARTERBACKS: Skyler Howard is this team’s saving grace. Let him run the ball.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Be ready for the defense.

DEFENSIVE LINE: They have a weaker offense, and they like to run the ball. Be ready to stop them.

LINEBACKERS: Watch the offense.

SECONDARY: Watch their plays. Be ready to take them on.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Big plays, big plays, big plays

COACHING: Let the strong offense be taken advantage of. You will need it against KStates defense.

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