5 Questions: West Virginia

We talk with BlueGoldNews.com publisher Kevin Kinder about West Virginia heading into the Frogs matchup with the Mountaineers.

1.) Have you been surprised by the undefeated start at this point? Why or why not? 

"While WVU didn't expect to be a big underdog in any of it first five games, being 5-0 at this point is something of a surprise. A 4-1 record would have been a vey good start to this year, and that's probably an upper end goal that most WVU fans and observers had in mind. The defensive rebuild, plus the loss to injury of four players expected to be part of that rebuilding process, made it difficult to expect a clean slate to this point. However, WVU has done better than expected on that side of the ball, and is beginning to find the offensive consistently it needs to compete for a spot near the top of the standings."

2.) Skyler Howard is on pace to throw less interceptions this year, more yards per completion and has jumped his completion percentage nearly 12 percent. How has he accomplished the big turnaround? 

"The biggest thing is that he is making better reads and decisions. They weren't bad last year, but this year he has been really sharp on run-pass option plays, and in finding the right receiver to throw the ball too. He isn't forcing passes, and his misses have usually been in places where the defense has no shot at getting to the ball.

"As for the yardage increase, the emergence of Shelton Gibson as a legitimate, consistent deep threat has been big. He's piling up big-yardage catches. Overall, WVU receivers have caught the ball much better, too. Recall the drops in sat year's TCU game that kept the Mountaineers from staying in touch with the Horned Frogs? Those haven't been in evidence this year."

3.) Any major injuries we should know about? 

"Two of WVU's running backs, Justin Crawford and Kennedy McKoy, were banged up vs. TCU, but are expected to play in the game. other than that the Mountaineers look pretty healthy for the mid-point of the season."

4.) Give us a name or two on defense that TCU needs to know about.

"Safety Kyzir White is a player that needs to be successful against both the run and the pass. He's a hybrid linebacker\strong safety that is key to the defense.  Up front, tackle Christian Brown has been a strong force in eating up blockers and creating pressure by collapsing the pocket."

5.) Your biggest key to the game and score prediction? 

"WVU has to duplicate the success it had against Patrick Mahomes last week. It must limit Kenny Hill's running lanes while still getting into his face when he throws the ball.  That's a tough task, but I think WVU has a good dose off confidence right now, and has enough talent to win the game at home."

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