Here is everything you need to know about Saturday morning’s game between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Eastern Kentucky Colonels.
The West Virginia Mountaineers 2019 season did not go as planned, finishing with a 5-7 record and seventh-place finish in the Big 12 Conference. The Mountaineers’ offense, which has been known to be high scoring, scored less than 17 points in half their games last season, all while their defense allowed almost 29 points per game, giving both sides of the ball blame for their sub .500 record. However, the Mountaineers did close out the season somewhat strong, winning two of their final three games, and that third game that resulted in a loss was to a ranked Oklahoma State team by just one touchdown.
West Virginia is still a year away from getting back into conference title contention but there should be much improved this season, and opening their season with Eastern Kentucky will help the Mountaineers get their gameplan in order before conference play begins. One of the storylines to look for in this game, and throughout the season, is the quarterback battle between Jarret Doege and Austin Kendall. Doege was recently named the starting QB for the season opener, but will not be allowed many mistakes before Kendall is given a chance to earn his starting spot back.
Eastern Kentucky already opened their season and it did not go as the would have hoped, losing 59-0 to Marshall last Saturday. West Virginia is a much better team than Marshall and should have their way with the Colonels but if they are going to have some bumps on either side of the ball, it’s best to get them out of the way now, rather in conference play when it is going to really matter.
Prediction: If Eastern Kentucky were to win this game it would be one of the biggest upsets in college football history. But that’s not going to happen. The West Virginia offense will look like it’s usual self, picking up multiple scores in the air and on the ground. Doege throws for over 300 yards and generously gives Kendall some playing time for him to also light up the Colonels defense. The Mountaineers do not shutout but shutdown the Eastern Kentucky offense on their way to an expected blowout win