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WVi Staff Predictions: No. 4 KSU vs. No. 13 WVU


Game 7 Outlook: KSU vs. WVU Score
Scott Grayson No question the game at Texas Tech was ugly.  WVU lacked energy on the sidelines, but that will not be the case this weekend. I expect one of those electric night game crowds in Morgantown and the team will feed off the energy and play well.  Geno Smith and the offense definitely have something to prove after a lackluster performance in Lubbock.  He returns to his Heisman form on the big stage and passes for over 300 yards and four touchdowns in this game.  I think Kansas State plays into West Virginia's hand on defense, as WVU will stop the run and limit Collin Klein's big plays on the ground. I don't expect Klein to torch the WVU defense through the air, but I do expect WVU to pick up the big win at home.
42-34 WVU

Scott's Season Record: 5-1

Geoff Coyle I truly thought West Virginia would fall to Baylor, but gave the Mountaineers the benefit of the doubt in an emotional debut and it paid off.  Now WVU faces a game that has loss written all over it, but the home advantage and the need to prove something will be enough to get a good team back on track.  Unfortunately for Dana Holgorsen's crew, this team lacks a defense.  There have been no signs of improvement since game one and that will spell doom against Collin Klein and Kansas State, who will do all they can to keep Geno Smith off the field and unable to fully rebound from last week's poor showing.  I said before the season that I saw at least two losses in the regular season, but they likely would come from teams you didn't expect.  If this one is an L, there will be more.  A win here would be due to emotion.  38-35 KSU

Geoff's Season Record: 5-1

Matt Allevato I have struggled all week with this choice, but I just can't seem to pick against the Mountaineers at home on a Saturday night.  With that said, I don't expect Kansas State to be intimidated at all walking into Mountaineer Field after what they accomplished on the road in Norman earlier this year.  More than anything, the back-to-back road trips in conference play could prove difficult for them, as WVU found out all too well last weekend.  Earlier in the week I gave my three keys for the Mountaineers in this contest, but one thing I didn't mention was the fact that there is a bye week following Saturday's game.  The Mountaineers have no excuse not to go out there and play every snap like it's their last and leave everything on the field.  Tavon Austin, the nation's No. 3 all-purpose runner, will shine under the lights much as he did against LSU last season, and WVU's Heisman frontrunner Geno Smith will throw for over 300 yards against the best defense he has faced.  The WVU defense will find a way to get a key stop in the fourth quarter on Collin Klein and the Mountaineers will record their biggest home victory since knocking off the No. 3 Hokies nine years ago. 35-34 WVU

Matt's Season Record: 5-1

Von Barclay I may regret this, but I'm picking the Mountaineers to bounce back. This offense isn't going to be shut down to that extent two weeks in a row.   It's certainly not going to be easy though. The defense will give up its share of points, so get ready for another nail-biting Saturday. Still, WVU wins. 45-42 WVU

Von's Season Record: 5-1

Jess McCadam Like I have said a million times before, everyone knows my predictions are solely based on feeling and heart.  Not that I am not knowledgeable and aware of statistics and numbers or rankings and standings, but I like to look at each game and think about it from a more mental standpoint.  Are they prepared?  Will the atmosphere on a Saturday night, under the lights at Mountaineer Field be enough to ignite their fire?  Are they out to change the negative perception in the media back to positive praise?  Are they embarrassed of last week's outcome?  I think they are.  I say the feeling of defeat was so unbearable last weekend, that the Mountaineers will do whatever it takes to get the win at home. 39-24 WVU

Jess' Season Record: 5-1

Aaron Williams Talk about a game that could go either way.  If the Mountaineers play even half as bad as last week, they'll lose.  If the 'Eers don't get some of the injured guys back or some back-ups don't step up, they'll probably lose.  On the other hand, if Holgorsen pulls some tricks out of his bag, if Geno's more on target, if Tavon is more of a factor, if the offensive line can give Geno some time and create some more holes and if the defense can create a couple of turnovers, I think WVU can win.  I know that's a lot of ifs, but the fan in me says with their backs against the wall, the Mountaineers will pull this one out at home. 38-27 WVU

Aaron's Season Record: 5-1

Sean Manning Like everyone else last week, I was way off on my prediction and the WVU defense did not improve like I thought they would.  The offense also could not get rolling and Texas Tech laid the wood on the Mountaineers.  This week, the highly ranked Kansas State Wildcats come to Morgantown for a night game. Quarterback Collin Klein has been outstanding and a Heisman contender in his own right.  But something special happens at night at Mountaineer Field.  This WVU squad is mad and looking for blood, and who better to lay it all on the line against than a top 5 team?  Mountaineers win a very close one in front of an electric crowd. 42-38 WVU

Sean's Season Record: 5-1

Michael Ploger Part of me believes WVU lost to Texas Tech because they were looking ahead to Kansas State.   After such a huge let down, this team could either stay down or get up and back to winning.  I have to think Holgorsen is lighting a fire under his team to play well this Saturday night in prime time.  It's a battle between two stellar quarterbacks, and Big 12 title hopes are on the line for both squads.  It's do or die time for the Mountaineers, and I think they get it done. 45-42 WVU
  Michael's Season Record: 5-1  
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