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WVi Staff Predictions: Kansas vs. WVU


Game 12 Outlook: Kansas vs. WVU Score
Scott Grayson I will be shocked if anyone on our panel here at WVi picks Kansas.  WVU will win this game and win it big.  The seniors will go out with a huge win in their final game and a pair of seniors, Geno Smith and Tavon Austin, will put up some big numbers in the win.  The WVU defense can stop the run and that is Kansas' only real threat.  Granted, Kansas has some very talented running backs, but I don't see them breaking free much at all in this game.  WVU finishes the regular season with a 7-5 record. 51-24 WVU

Scott's Season Record: 7-4

Geoff Coyle There will be 22 seniors walking off Mountaineer Field with a win on Saturday.  WVU's defense is going up against an anemic passing offense, so KU's ground game will have to get the job done and it just won't be enough to keep up with an attack that finally looks like it could be back to form. Geno, Tavon and Stedman close out the season strong as Kansas loses its 11th straight contest.  41-20 WVU

Geoff's Season Record: 9-2

Matt Allevato The only way WVU lets this become a game is if the Mountaineers don't play with the necessary effort and/or the defensive line is not able to stop KU's rushing attack of James Sims and Tony Pierson.  Considering the effort has been good lately on WVU's part, even after two one-point losses to TCU and Oklahoma, and Shaq Rowell has led a defensive line that has arguably been one of the team's strongest units, I don't expect either of those issues to present itself against the lowly 1-10 Jayhawks.  KU is still searching for its first win over an FBS opponent this year, and they're likely to finish their season in Morgantown with their 21st straight loss in league play, dating back to Nov. 6th, 2010 when they defeated Colorado.  The last time KU defeated a current member of the Big 12 conference?  Oct. 10th, 2009, when the Jayhawks took down Iowa State at Memorial Stadium in what turned out to be Mark Mangino's final victory as head coach. Expect Geno Smith and Tavon Austin to go off in their final game in Mountaineer Field while Stedman Bailey adds in a score or two for good measure in what could also be his final home game if he declares for the 2013 NFL Draft.  The trio boasts a ton of Mountaineer records and they should add to their totals against the nation's 109th rated passing defense. 48-24 WVU

Matt's Season Record: 8-3

Von Barclay Even when this team was in the middle of a five-game losing streak, everyone was pointing to Kansas as the game that should be won.  That hasn't changed.  The Mountaineers have played well against the run this year, and Kansas doesn't do much but run the ball.  The seniors should go out with a win and send West Virginia into a bowl game with a winning streak. 42-24 WVU

Von's Season Record: 8-3


Jess McCadam Behind, arguably, the most electrifying player in college football, Tavon Austin, and the incentive of spending Christmas in sunny San Diego, I say, simply, the Mountaineers send their Seniors off with a win in their last regular season game in Morgantown.  45-17 WVU

Jess' Season Record: 6-5

Aaron Williams This one's pretty easy.  If the Mountaineers show up for this game, they win.  If Iowa State could put up 51 points on Kansas, WVU should be able to as well.  Mountaineers win this one for the seniors (and Stedman Bailey). 55-24 WVU

Aaron's Season Record: 8-3

Sean Manning This is the most sure I have been of my prediction since the Maryland game back in September.  Kansas has one of the worst pass defenses in the nation and they are going up against three guys who will likely be playing their last games at Mountaineer Field in Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and (possibly) Stedman Bailey.  The KU offense is built through their running game, which the WVU defense has been pretty good against in 2012.  West Virginia wins this one big. 45-24 WVU

Sean's Season Record: 6-5


Michael Ploger A 1-10 Kansas team against a 6-5 West Virginia squad doesn't seem like much of a contest.  However, some things to be aware of:  Kansas is attempting to avoid their worst season since 1988, when that team finished 1-10; Stedman Bailey needs just five receptions to be the second WVU receiver to go over 100; and of course, it's senior night in Morgantown.  Which means there is as much of a reason to be in Morgantown for this game than any other one.   The Mountaineers head into a bowl with a big win. 55-21 WVU
  Michael's Season Record: 7-4  
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