Picks and Pontifications: WVU - Kansas

With every selector going with the home team this week, victory margin and points totals will reign supreme in determing the winner and possibly shuffling the standings as we head into October.

WINNING SELECTIONS

Chris, Jon, Greg Michael and Tony all posted single digit margins of error with their Oklahoma picks, led by the coach's six-point miss. That shuffled the standings a bit, leaving Michael holding the top spot and Matt, Tony, Jon and Chris in hot pursuit.


HOPE YOU DIDN'T BET THIS PICK

Greg got some company a game off the pace as Jane, Brian and Roger all went with the Mountaineers against the Sooners. For the want of a tackle on a kickoff return, they might have been the ones laughing this week.


Michael Carvelli Last Week: W Season: 4-0 Point Differential: 62
It’s going to be important for West Virginia to get out to a fast start and take care of business against a Kansas team that it is much better than. The Mountaineers seem to be a totally different team than the one that had that bad letdown a year ago in Lawrence, but this will be when you see if they can come out and assert their will early and often against the Jayhawks on every side of the ball.
West Virginia 48-13

Matt Keller Last Week: W Season: 4-0 Point Differential: 67
Kansas figures to play with a healthy dose of positive emotion. But that razor's edge cuts both ways, and an early avalanche of West Virginia points could doom the Jayhawks, mentally and physically. Team's can, at times, ride the wave to a solid start. But that better be backed by at least some semblance of players, such as what the Mountaineers used to beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. The gap is actually bigger between WVU and KU this season than it was in that BCS bowl. Kansas sticks early, then succumbs to superior talent.
West Virginia 49-10

Tony Dobies Last Week: W Season: 4-0 Point Differential: 68
Hard to see West Virginia not running away with a big victory in this one. The Mountaineers have been much better this season and will have last year's result in the back of their minds for sure. It could get even uglier than my predicted score, too.
West Virginia 30-10

Jonathan Martin Last Week: W Season: 4-0 Point Differential: 70
Despite losing to Oklahoma two weeks ago, West Virginia went into the bye week feeling good about themselves. West Virginia was once again explosive on offense and was in position to win the game. Kansas, however, can't be feeling optimistic right now. After their loss last week to Texas the Jayhawks fired head coach Charlie Weis.

The truth is, though, it likely wouldn't matter who was holding the reins for Kansas. The Mountaineers are the more talented team in all three phases. Expect West Virginia to come out of the gate early and roll throughout the entire game.
West Virginia 37-24

Chris Richardson Last Week: W Season: 4-0 Point Differential: 70
Rumors of Charlie Weis's demise have been circulating for weeks in these parts, so his dismissal Sunday morning came as no surprise. Clint Bowen is a Kansas man through and through, and I worry about the troops rallying behind him and playing their hearts out in an effort to have the interim tag removed from his title. At the end of the day, though, West Virginia is just much better. I read somewhere the other day that Clint Trickett has better numbers through four games than Geno Smith did in 2011 en route to leading the Mountaineers to the Big East Championship. The Mountaineers are battle-tested, and need to take care of business against the teams they should beat. Kansas certainly qualifies as one of those.
West Virginia 44-21

Andy Easton Last Week: W Season: 4-0 Point Differential: 102
The Jayhawks may come out fired up due to the coaching situation, but with the game being in Morgantown, the Mountaineers should get their first conference win of the season.
West Virginia 35-17

Greg Hunter Last Week: W Season: 3-1 Point Differential: 58
The lowest point in a very low season last year came in West Virginia’s loss at Kansas. Revenge may be a nice motivation for WVU, but talent is a bigger factor. The Mountaineers are much better than last year, and the Jayhawks may not even be as good as their 3-9 2013 version. On top of that, WVU should be fresh after a week off.
West Virginia 42-17

Jane Donovan Last Week: L Season: 3-1 Point Differential: 65
Charlie Weis seems to cause tumult wherever he goes -- and wherever he leaves. I'm looking for a job that will pay me $26 million not to work. If you hear of anything, do let me know. In the meantime, the impact of the Weis firing on the Kansas team will be unknown until Saturday evening. Will they play better? Will they play worse? Que sera, sera. They still have to play the Mountaineers, and we know what they are capable of. Trickett to White, fight, fight, fight.
West Virginia 42-17

Roger Harvey Last Week: L Season: 3-1 Point Differential: 68
I do not think WVU is going to blow Kansas out of the water like many people are expecting. Jayhakw defensive coordinator Clint Bowers was named interim head coach after the firing of Charlie Weis. Bowers will have his defensive unit ready to get after Clint Trickett. Kevin White and Mario Alford will need to beat coverage and make plays down the field for WVU to have success. Watch for someone other than Alford and White to have a major impact. Wendell Smallwood has a lot of speed and could make his mark against the Jayhawks' secondary. I am picking WVU to win, but it will not be as lopsided as people think.
West Virginia 34-17

Brian Jolliff Last Week: L Season: 3-1 Point Differential: 93
With the Mountaineers back home this week after a week off and a week to reevaluate, fans, players and coaches alike will be looking for a solid performance Saturday as they host Kansas. With the extra week of prep, we should see some improvement in several areas that led to the downfall against Oklahoma, so look for the Mountaineers to rebound with a victory and move their record forward into the winning ranks for the season.
West Virginia 38-24


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