Fearless Picks - Rutgers

Like the Mountaineers, our board of prognosticators are trying to boost their records for the homestretch.


Last Wk: W
Season 2-3

There has been a lot of talk about a letdown after the Mountaineers' gutsy performance in Miami. Many feel that West Virginia will come out flat against a Scarlet Knights squad that they have beaten 120-7 in the lasttwo years. It is simply not going to happen. This WVU team is 1-4 and they are sick of losing. Everybody is focused on Rutgers and they feel that they have a lot to prove this weekend. The Rutgers offense is much improved and may find the endzone a couple of times, but the defense is extremely vulnerable, especially against the run. Quincy and Kay Jay will have their way on the ground as the Mountaineers roll. WVU

Last Wk: W
Season 4-1

The Mountaineers could be poised for a big letdown after last week's near miss against Miami. Rutgers has a better five game record than they have sported in more than ten years. However, wins over Buffalo, Army and Navy don't exactly strike fear into the hearts of the nation. The last time a Rutgers team came to Morgantown to face a team with a losing record, they surrendered 80 points. And WVU hasn't scored less than 50 against Rutgers in Morgantown since The Depression, or it at least seems that way. The Mountaineer defense again plays a stellar game, and the WVU offense takes advantage of one of the worst statistical defenses in 1A football. WVU

Last Wk: W
Season 3-2

For the last two years the Mountaineers have used the Scarlet Knights as whipping boys, winning by the combined score of 120-7. Don't look for the score to be as lopsided as the previous two games but WVU will still get the "W". The Mountaineers have a renewed sense of confidence which they will ride into the second half of the season. WVU

Last Wk: W
Season 3-2

WVU looks to bounce back after a last minute heart-breaking defeat in the Orange Bowl. Rutgers is striving to legitimize its program and to show its followers that progress is being made on the field. In its two losses RU gave up 48 and 44 points. In its three wins, the RU defense only gave up 19.3 points per game. I look for something in between those results this week. Although WVU has outscored RU 120-7 over the last years and will win the game outright, the pick here says take RU and the 18 points. WVU

Last Wk: L
Season 1-4

I'm notoriously late sending in my weekly picks. Kevin has to e-mail me 9 or 10 times every week to get them. He's yet to actually threaten physical violence, but it's coming. Anyway, I've picked the Mountaineers to beat Wisconsin, Maryland, and had I actually gotten my pick in on-time last week, I would've picked us to beat Miami... so was there any chance I was going to pick us to lose to Rutgers? Good Lord, I couldn't live with myself. Predicting a loss to Rutgers would be like mentioning the impending divorce while giving the toast at a wedding. It's just not done. WVU

Last Wk: W
Season 4-1

At 1-4, West Virginia is certainly not a powerhouse, but WVU has so thoroughly manhandled Rutgers over the years, especially at home, it's hard to imagine that will change this season. The Knights are showing small signs of improvement, but unless WVU is looking ahead to Va Tech (Oct. 22), it should win easily. WVU

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