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WVi Staff Predictions: TCU vs. No. 21 WVU

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Game 8 Outlook: TCU vs. WVU Score
Scott Grayson Timing is everything. On one side, WVU just enjoyed a week to work on its technique and heal. On the other side, TCU is playing its ninth straight game and second in a row on the road. TCU appeared to get worn down against Oklahoma State. I expect the WVU offense to return to its early-season success. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is a dual-threat player like Collin Klein of Kansas State. I think he could pose some problems for the WVU defense, but it is unknown if he will play after suffering a knee injury last week. If not, TCU will go to its third different starting quarterback this season. WVU has its backs against the wall and I do not see how the Mountaineers lose this game in that situation. Look for WVU to pick up a big win at home and a much needed win at that. 49-24 WVU
 

Scott's Season Record: 5-2


 
Geoff Coyle If this game were scheduled the week after Kansas State, you would be reading a prediction of a loss right now.  The bye, however, gives me reason to think West Virginia's vanishing offense will be back to moving the ball and scoring points.  I've long since given up on waiting for the defense to figure out the issues, but the inexperience at quarterback for TCU works in WVU's favor.  The Mountaineers are rested and trying to refocus, while the Horned Frogs are wearing thin heading into their ninth game with no break.  WVU wins a must-win. 38-28 WVU
 

Geoff's Season Record: 6-1

 

 
Matt Allevato After two straight games that were over at halftime, I'm not sure how WVU rebounds at this point.  Even though they played two top twenty teams, one of which may play for the national championship, it's the fashion in which they lost that has me skeptical about this team moving forward.  Clearly, the country's worst pass defense has shown no signs of improvement, which is troubling to say the least.  Will the bye week help?  You would think.  Geno Smith and his offensive weapons have the ability to score in bunches, but nobody except Tavon Austin has seemed to show up on that side of the ball since the Texas victory.  The key will be the offensive line; if they put forth the type of effort they did in the first five games of the season, the 'Eers will become bowl eligible this weekend.  If not, then Senior Day against the Kansas Jayhawks could decide whether the Mountaineers stay home for the holidays.  Somehow, some way, I expect Smith, Austin and Stedman Bailey to make just enough plays to get the victory in another defensive struggle at Mountaineer Field.

42-41 WVU

 

Matt's Season Record: 5-2


 
Von Barclay If you look at the last two West Virginia losses, the defense really didn't play that much worse than it did in the two Big 12 wins. The biggest thing that changed was that the explosive offense wasn't so explosive anymore. That's going to be the difference on Saturday. The defense is going to give up some points, but the offense has had an extra week to get back on track. If Geno Smith looks like the Heisman runaway from earlier in the season, WVU will win a stressful one. If he doesn't, TCU walks out of Morgantown with a win. The Horned Frogs have one of the better defenses in the conference, but this offense didn't just forget how to move the ball. The Mountaineers will earn the win, but it's going to be another close one 45-42 WVU
 

Von's Season Record: 5-2

 

 
Jess McCadam We all know by now that the Big 12 Conference is brutal. Every single game, from here on out, is going to be a fight. With the Mountaineers coming off a bye week, which hopefully provided much needed rest and healing, I say they come back ready to go. I know we are the media, and for the most part, are supposed to provide an unbiased point of view.  However, I am a Mountaineer, and simply, I am just praying for a turnaround. 31-24 WVU
 

Jess' Season Record: 5-2


 
Aaron Williams The realist in me says with the way the Mountaineers have played the last two games, there's is no way I should pick them to beat anyone.  The fan in me, coupled with TCU potentially being down to their third string quarterback and WVU having an extra week to prepare, says the Mountaineers will get the win. 38-32 WVU
 

Aaron's Season Record: 5-2


 
Sean Manning After a much needed bye week, the Mountaineers return home to take on a TCU team that has also lost two in a row.  Neither the WVU offense nor the  defense has played well the last two games, being outscored 104-28 during the stretch.  The offense is too talented for that trend to continue. 
38-28 WVU
 

Sean's Season Record: 5-2


 
Michael Ploger After two straight losses, it's hard to stick with the Mountaineers.  But looking from the outside in, I have no choice but to think they get back on track this week.  Not only are they coming off a bye week, but they're facing a TCU offense that does not have a high powered, up-tempo offense like the Mountaineers feature.  Shawne Alston has promised to be back, and Bailey seems okay to play giving this offense a big boost.  It will come down to whether or not the Mountaineers have their minds right. It's do-or-die time for WVU. 45-35 WVU
  Michael's Season Record: 5-2  
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