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WVi Staff Predictions: WVU at Iowa State

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Game 11 Outlook: WVU at Iowa State Score
Scott Grayson WVU finally ends the losing streak this week and in doing so becomes bowl eligible.  The Mountaineers are stuck in the longest losing streak since 1986, but that ends on Friday.  The West Virginia offense is back and Tavon Austin will once again provide a matchup problem for Iowa State.  The Cyclones have a slightly shorter week to prepare for all that Austin could bring as a receiver and as a running back.  Geno Smith will light it up through the air in this one, while the WVU defense will do enough to keep Iowa State from outscoring the Mountaineers. 49-31 WVU
 

Scott's Season Record: 6-4


 
Geoff Coyle A loss like WVU suffered to Oklahoma could have easily crushed this team as it fell to .500 on the season.  Instead, I believe it reenergized them in a way that none of the previous four games had done.  I still think the Mountaineers could very well fall in this game, but I give them the nod with the belief that Iowa State will not be able to slow the offense enough.  Tavon Austin set the bar high for his individual performance and while I don't see him repeating what he did to the Sooners, the threat of it will open up the passing game and keep the Cyclones on their heels.  If the Mountaineers limit the mistakes on special teams and get their share of stops defensively, this is the week they finally become bowl eligible. 42-31 WVU
 

Geoff's Season Record: 8-2


 
Matt Allevato If I was actually picking to win this thing, I'd go with ISU simply because it's the only way in which I can catch Geoff in the standings.  It's also not hard to justify how ISU could defeat the Mountaineers, considering they have a better record, they're the slim favorite and they're very tough to beat at home (proven by their upset of then-No. 2 Oklahoma State last year).  Earlier this season, they also gave KSU all they could handle before eventually losing by six points. The emergence of freshman signal-caller Sam Richardson last week and his four touchdown passes has rejuvenated a struggling offense, even if the 51 points were scored against lowly Kansas.  The WVU defense is actually worse than the Jayhawks according to the NCAA's Total Defense rankings, and I could see a pumped up crowd in Ames and confident ISU offense giving the young WVU secondary problems early and often on Black Friday.  However, WVU's newly-minted running back Tavon Austin will clearly be the best player on the field, and even if ISU stacks the box, they still have to be able to tackle Austin and defend the deep playaction passes to Stedman Bailey.  WVU quarterback Geno Smith played a fantastic second half against Oklahoma, and I expect him to carry that confidence into this game in front of a national audience on ABC.  Look for Smith to throw for over 350 yards while Bailey continues to prove his worth as a Biletnikoff finalist and Austin makes defenders look silly running the ball for the second week in a row.  This one will be tight throughout, but the Mountaineers finally pull out a much-needed 'W'. 45-38 WVU
 

Matt's Season Record: 7-3


 
Von Barclay If the Mountaineers can play the way they did against Oklahoma, they'll win this game.  Iowa State doesn't have a great offense, but it will be able to score against the weak West Virginia defense.  The Cyclone defense should be good enough to challenge the Mountaineers, as well.  This will probably be another close one, but I do think that West Virginia will end this streak and finally earn that sixth win.
38-34 WVU
 

Von's Season Record: 7-3


 
Jess McCadam West Virginia needs this win badly not only for their confidence, but also to guarantee them post-season play.  I say behind their newly acquired tailback, Tavon Austin, they pull out the win on the road in Ames.  If they bring home the "W", it will be a Happy Thanksgiving in Morgantown and a very Merry Christmas, in some city, playing in a bowl game on national television.   38-21 WVU
 

Jess' Season Record: 5-5


 
Aaron Williams I'm incredibly hesitant to pick the Mountaineers, but if Holgorsen continues to unleash Tavon and the defense can make just a few more plays than it has previously, I think WVU can pull this one off.  Even against this defense, Iowa State just doesn't have the offense to keep up in a track meet-style game. 42-21 WVU
 

Aaron's Season Record: 7-3


 
Sean Manning I know I am one of the two that picked West Virginia last week and it seemed like a bit of a stretch considering how WVU had played in their previous four games.  Even in a loss, they showed something they hadn't shown in a long time, heart.  The offense looked like they did the first five games of the year, and with the emergence of Tavon Austin at running back, I think the Mountaineer offense will put up big numbers against the Cyclones.  Iowa State has one of the worst offenses WVU has played this year, but I do expect them to score against a defense that has been bad all year.  However, it won't be enough and WVU wins this one by two scores to finally become bowl eligible. 49-35 WVU
 

Sean's Season Record: 5-5


 
Michael Ploger West Virginia played one of their best games of the year last weekend against the Sooners.  The changes Holgorsen has made are for the best, and the team will make the most of their opportunities moving forward.  Tavon Austin is back home at running back, and Stedman Bailey is back to full health.  The two combine for maybe the most dangerous duo in college football.  And with Geno Smith touching the ball every play, it's hard to bet against this offense.  The Mountaineers finally end the losing streak on Friday.   45-31 WVU
  Michael's Season Record: 6-4  
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