This game seems to pit two teams that are mirror images of one another. Two great running backs, a young, mobile quarterback, a top twenty defense and a toughness that creates more breaks than should be humanly possible.
Big hits rule
Bryan Randall starts at QB for the Hokies, and shed the label of the mobile QB who could not throw with a 500+ yard performance in a loss to Syracuse ten days ago. Rasheed Marshall, on the other hand, is used much more as a runner, and is second on the team in touchdowns with an amazing ten rushing scores.
Both defenses are stingy against the run, but lately, Tech has shown some weakness, as Pitt ran the ball all over them in their last ESPN night game, and a Syracuse team which couldn't move the ball on the Mountaineers at all shredded Tech through land and air.
This game shapes up to be a pure donnybrook. Make no mistake fans, there will be no hand holding on the field Wednesday night in Blacksburg. This will not be a family affair. For those with weak stomachs, I suggest the Richard Simmons hour on the Oxygen Channel.
This game will be a battle of wills. And both teams intend to line up and shove the ball right down the other's throat. Nothing but Wilsonburgers for everyone. Kicking, scratching, clawing, holding, punching, biting, taunting, eye poking and spitting. And that is just the cheerleaders.
This game is nothing but pure attitude. And if you aren't jacked up by now, you need to visit your heart surgeon.
The Mountaineers are coming. The Mountaineers are coming with attitude and a purpose. The Mountaineers are coming to take your heart, your will, your fight.
We can talk about total offense, total defense, turnover margins, special teams rankings and any statistic you can dream of. If that makes you feel better, you are in the wrong column. It is time to put a big, size 19 gold and blue foot on a maroon posterior. With the Gator Bowl on the line, the Mountaineers are out for blood. And Wednesday night, they will get it.
WVU 34 Tech 24.