Alex Sims

No. 8 West Virginia at No. 11 Texas: Preview, Players to Watch, Keys to the Game, TV Coverage, Where to Watch Online and More

on October 05 2012 2:52 PM
No. 8 West Virginia at No. 11 Texas: Preview, Players to Watch, Keys to the Game, TV Coverage, Where to Watch Online and More

With all due respect to South Carolina, Georgia, LSU and Florida, the game of the week for Week 6 will take place in Austin, Texas where No. 8 West Virginia and No. 11 Texas will square off on Saturday in Austin for a battle between the new kids on the block and the traditional schoolyard bully.

All across the nation, people and pundits alike are talking about quarterback Geno Smith and the high-flying Mountaineer offense as they take to the road for the first time as members of the Big 12 Conference. Meanwhile, conference mainstay Texas will look to silence that talk and reestablish itself as one of the premier programs in college football.

The game will feature a pair of top-ten scoring offenses led by two of the nation's most efficient quarterbacks. Smith of WVU and David Ash, signal caller for Texas, rank No. 1 and 3 respectively in completion percentage and boast the two highest QB ratings in the country. Behind the leadership of their quarterbacks, both of these teams are undefeated and in the thick of the race for the Big 12 title.

West Virginia Football: Where Does Geno Smith Rank All-Time Among Mountaineer Quarterbacks?

on October 01 2012 4:45 PM
West Virginia Football: Where Does Geno Smith Rank All-Time Among Mountaineer Quarterbacks?

It is amazing to think that Geno Smith's legacy at West Virginia is still incomplete. The Miramar, Fla. native isn't even at the halfway point of his senior season and he already could be considered the best quarterback to ever don the old gold and blue. While WVU doesn't have the storied tradition that can be claimed by some other programs such as Alabama, Michigan or Notre Dame, the Mountaineers have no shortage of talented quarterbacks.

In fact, the Mountaineers' current athletic director is even near the top of the list. Oliver Luck was the first-ever career 5,000-yard passer at WVU, playing back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He even went on to be selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the Houston Oilers. Another former professional quarterback, Marc Bulger, is high on the list of all-time greats at West Virginia as well.

No. 24 Baylor at No. 9 West Virginia: Preview, Players to Watch, Keys to the Game, TV Coverage and More

on September 28 2012 4:49 PM
No. 24 Baylor at No. 9 West Virginia: Preview, Players to Watch, Keys to the Game, TV Coverage and More

Big things have arrived in Morgantown.

Since the announcement of West Virginia's move to the Big 12 Conference, the Mountaineer athletic department adopted a slogan that will be obsolete after the weekend: Big Things Are Coming.

Perhaps more big things will come in the future, but this weekend will be the start as WVU will host Baylor in football to begin its life as a member of the Big 12.

As always, the Mountaineers will rely heavily on their senior quarterback Geno Smith in what should be a shootout on Saturday afternoon.

Baylor will bring in a senior quarterback of its own in Nick Florence and both of the signal callers have excellent skill players at their disposal.

Both the Bears and the Mountaineers have struggled on defense a bit this year, as they come in at No. 10 and No. 8 respectively in the Big 12 in total defense.

The game will also be a reunion of coaches, as Baylor head coach Art Briles and West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen worked together on the Texas Tech coaching staff under Mike Leach in the early 2000s.

Maryland at No. 8 West Virginia Preview, Players to Watch, TV Coverage, Where to Watch Online

on September 21 2012 6:01 PM

 

Preview

Another West Virginia passing record will fall when Maryland comes to Morgantown on Saturday.

Quarterback Geno Smith is just one passing attempt short of Marc Bulger's career mark of 1,023. The senior already holds the career records for completions, yards and touchdowns, so sometime, likely on WVU's first drive, the scoreboard at Milan Puskar Stadium will light up and Smith will officially be the most prolific quarterback in school history.

After that, a rivalry will be played out, perhaps West Virginia's last traditional rivalry that will be played regularly in the foreseeable future.

The Mountaineers played their last contest with Pitt in 2011 and their last with Marshall in Week 1 this season, and both series are yet to be renewed. However, head coach Dana Holgorsen expressed his interest in continuing the series with UMD in his press conference this Tuesday (via WVUSports.com).

Maryland at No. 8 West Virginia Preview, Players to Watch, TV Coverage, Where to Watch Online

on September 21 2012 6:00 PM

 

Preview

Another West Virginia passing record will fall when Maryland comes to Morgantown on Saturday.

Quarterback Geno Smith is just one passing attempt short of Marc Bulger's career mark of 1,023. The senior already holds the career records for completions, yards and touchdowns, so sometime, likely on WVU's first drive, the scoreboard at Milan Puskar Stadium will light up and Smith will officially be the most prolific quarterback in school history.

After that, a rivalry will be played out, perhaps West Virginia's last traditional rivalry that will be played regularly in the foreseeable future.

The Mountaineers played their last contest with Pitt in 2011 and their last with Marshall in Week 1 this season, and both series are yet to be renewed. However, head coach Dana Holgorsen expressed his interest in continuing the series with UMD in his press conference this Tuesday (via WVUSports.com).

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