Fearless Pics: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Liberty Flames

It's a tightly packed race after one week of the season, as our panel was close on West Virginia's final score but a bit high on predictions for Georgia Southern's output. Now it's on to Liberty -- are visions of another shining defensive performance in our panel's thoughts?

Jane Donovan
Last Week: W Season: 1-0 Point Differential: 23
Last week's 44-0 win over Georgia Southern certainly was a positive note on which to begin the season. There was much to celebrate: Karl Joseph, Jovon Durante, no more "Loud Noises," the actual fielding of punts, and an outstanding performance by the defense. If quarterback Skyler Howard can improve his timing and reduce the number of overthrown passes, this offense has a great deal of potential. Should the predicted rain will hold off or scurry through before gametime, Saturday in the (ball)park, you'll think it was the 4th of July.
  West Virginia 42-7  
Roger "C.J." Harvey Last Week: W Season: 1-0 Point Differential: 24
If the offense can find the end zone quickly, I see no reason why WVU can’t blow out Liberty. The Flame will compete, but no team at the FCS level has the speed West Virginia does. Quarterback Skyler Howard will continue to develop a relationship with his receivers, and it will show this Saturday. I do not doubt the Mountaineers will be ready to put out this flame out in high-scoring fashion.
  West Virginia 52-17  
Andy Easton Last Week: W Season: 1-0 Point Differential: 26
The Liberty Flames visit West Virginia coming off a convincing 32-13 victory over Delaware State last week. The Flames will be no pushover, ranking 15th nationally in the FCS and bringing a more balanced offensive attack than last week's opponent. Liberty will test the vaunted WVU pass defense with all-everything senior receiver Darrin Peterson, and offer a solid running attack led by senior Desmond Rice. If the Blue and Gold can stop those two another shutout could be in the offing. Liberty has its work cut out for it as WVU is 15-0 vs. FCS opponents, and is always tough to beat in evening and night games in Morgantown. If you are bored during pre game warm-ups you might check out Liberty senior kicker John Lunsford (49). The Florida native connected on six field goals over 50 yards last season and has one of the strongest legs in the country - but that's not enough to win this one.
  West Virginia 38-10  
Brian Jolliff Last Week: W Season: 1-0 Point Differential: 29
These early non-conference games are not a great indicator of where things are heading for the rest of the season. It was more than apparent that last week's game against Georgia Southern could have been much more lopsided than the final score showed. Without some of the early season jitters and hyperventilating going on with some of the Mountaineer's excitement meters being set on fifteen on a scale of 1-10, the final score could have been in the sixties to zip range. What last week's and this week's game does provide is a good environment to help this team iron out some of those early season issues, so long as they are aware that the competition ramps up very quickly. I don't see the Mountaineer's having too much trouble putting this game away, but I'm not sure we will know much about this year's team after two games in.
  West Virginia 48-10  
Matt Keller
Last Week: W Season: 1-0 Point Differential: 30
This is a far different contest in schematic approach than that of Georgia Southern. Liberty runs a base pro set offense and 4-3 defense, which sets up nicely for West Virginia. It's a return to norm, and it will reap benefits in terms of a set-up for Maryland. And, frankly, that's all I truly believe this to be. DC Tony Gibson mentioned watching No. 13 on the boundary side split wide, figuring teams might not help over the top as with the safety on the short side. That's something to focus upon in this one. Otherwise, West Virginia rolls.
  West Virginia 38-13  
Greg Hunter Last Week: W Season: 1-0 Point Differential: 30
Liberty is a FCS program on the rise. Fourth-year head coach Turner Gill (24-14) took the Flames to their first-ever FCS playoff last year, and 12 starters from that club return this season. Still, if West Virginia is half as strong as its fans hope it is this year, an FCS program – even a good one like Liberty – shouldn’t present much of a problem.
  West Virginia 38-10  
Jonathan Martin Last Week: W Season: 1-0 Point Differential: 31
West Virginia surprised many last week with their shutout win over Georgia Southern -- and now look to keep their momentum rolling against Liberty. The good news? I anticipate the Mountaineers offense to click even more this week and overpower a thin Flames defense. The bad news? The WVU defense will finally give up points.
  West Virginia 45-10  
Connor Murray
Last Week: W Season: 1-0 Point Differential: 31
West Virginia keeps the ball rolling against an FCS opponent at home. Liberty's offense breaks through for the first points against the Mountaineer defense this season, but West Virginia's superior size, speed and athleticism is too much for the Flames to handle over the course of four quarters.
  West Virginia 41-10  
Chris Richardson Last Week: W Season: 1-0 Point Differential: 34
West Virginia was very impressive last weekend in the 2015 opener vs. Georgia Southern. The defense was great for four quarters, and while the offense struggled in the first half to finish drives with touchdowns, that same problem did not occur in the second half.This should not be a competitive game. But it is another opportunity for WVU to get better. Here's to another big win and no injuries.
  West Virginia 41-3  

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