The West Virginia University Mountaineers are coming off a loss to the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. The Mountaineers will travel to Kansas State to meet the Wildcats in another Big 12 match-up.
Head Coach Bill Snyder spoke on the Big 12 coach's teleconference call about the upcoming match-up against the Mountaineers.
Snyder who's dealing with his own concerns at Kansas State praised the running game of the Mountaineers.
"Last week they invested themselves in the run game," said Snyder. "They were very successful against a good run defense in Texas Tech. They've got some really talented and balanced young guys in their three running backs."
The Mountaineers accumulated 183 rushing yards against Texas Tech. Dreamius Smith led the charge with 16 carries for 89 yards.
Snyder believes the Mountaineers have a "substantial offense." Along with the praise of the running backs, Snyder likes what he's see at wide receivers when it comes to deep balls. The Mountaineers amassed 254 yards through the air against Texas Tech. The leading receiver in the game against Texas Tech was Daikiel Shorts who had nine catches for 78 yards.
Snyder's team is in desperate need of a win against West Virginia. After losing three straight the Wildcats are coming off a bye week and need to get back on track. A loss to the Mountaineers could seal their fate in the Big 12.
Snyder knows what the West Virginia defense is capable of after seeing the game against Oklahoma State. However, he also noted that WVU has struggled with penalties on defense.
"Penalized quite a bit," said Snyder. "But then you go back to the Oklahoma State game…"
The Mountaineer's defense did put on a sound performance in their upset victory against the Cowboys but the same couldn't be said when the Mountaineers faced Baylor. Baylor's high paced offense blew right by the Mountaineers defense all game long.
"You could probably say consistency more than anything else," Snyder said in regards to WVU's defense.
Inconsistency has been an issue for the Mountaineers all season. The team has shown some signs of being a great football team and other times looked like the inexperienced, young team that they are.
The Mountaineers and Wildcats both need wins in this crucial Big 12 match-up. It's sure to be a battle of two teams looking for an identity.