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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Iowa State Cyclones Preview: Season 124 Episode 11 - Riot Bowl V

Will West Virginia retain the gas can?

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NCAA Football: Oklahoma at Iowa State Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

OPENING THOUGHTS

Okay, the team took a bit of a blow last week. Early defensive miscues and a couple of bad turnovers cost the Mountaineers the game, despite Justin Crawford having himself one heck of a night.

It’s over, it’s done with. It’s time to move on.

So let’s go to Iowa and do that.

Before I continue, I just want to dust this off and put it on the table...

It’s the RIOT BOWL!! Time to get ready to watch what is, by far, the best rivalry on TV on Saturday.

{To see the origins of the Riot Bowl click HERE}

So grab some beer, load up on leftovers and sit in front of the tube and enjoy the game!

Also, some housekeeping things. I’m getting rid of the ‘What Needs to Happen’ sections. WVU isn’t winning the Big 12 or making the playoff and it’s time to just enjoy the rest of the season. I’ll also be adding bowl projections at the end to see where the sports media believes the Mountaineers will go.

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, November 26th

Kickoff Time: 3:30 PM ET/2:30 PM CT

Where: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA

Tickets: General Public (WVU sections are 15, 16, H & J)

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: FS1

Streaming Video: FoxSportsGO (or the FoxSportsGO app for smartphones)

Radio: WZST Variety 101 (100.9 FM in Morgantown) and the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates)

Streaming Audio: Locate the Mountaineers Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio (or the TuneIn app for smartphones)

Satellite Radio: Sirius ??; XM ??

THREADS

West Virginia:

No throwback helmets, just the flying WV

Iowa State:

ODDS

Spread: West Virginia by 7 (According to OddsShark)

O/U: 57.5-58

Bill C:

Spread (Home) S&P+ Projection Margin Win Prob. S&P Pick (ATS) F/+ Projection F/+ Pick (ATS)
+7 West Virginia (35.0-28.4) 6.5 64.7% Iowa State West Virginia by 8.2 West Virginia

WEATHER FORECAST

Mainly sunny, high of 55. As the game goes on, the temp should cool to the mid 30s, but it will remain clear.

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Ames, Iowa

Series History: WVU leads the series 3-1

Last Time: West Virginia 30, Iowa State 6

SB Nation Blog: Wide Right & Natty Lite

Record: 3-8 (2-6 Big 12)

Head Coach: Matt Campbell

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Iowa State Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • Move on from Oklahoma. The Mountaineers had trouble moving on back in 2014 after a loss at home to TCU on network television. This could happen again in Ames. Iowa State is on a little bit of a role and they have NOTHING to lose.
  • Focus in on Jacob Park. He took over at QB for the Cyclones during their game against Kansas State. This guy is a dynamo. His completion percentage has been in the upper 70s during his last two games. Keep an eye on him, he’ll be a name that many Big 12 defensive coordinators will be talking about the next couple of years as he fits into Matt Campbell’s offensive scheme pretty well.
  • Allen Lazard, great wideout. Lazard has had 5 games receiving for more than 100 yards. Enough said.

HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE (ON A SCALE OF 1-10)?

Five. Iowa State is rolling and I think Matt Campbell will turn the Cyclones into a Big 12 contender over the next couple of seasons. I’m just about as afraid of Iowa State as I would be if there was a war against the Amish.

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

WVU will beat Iowa State, probably closer than most of us would like. Enjoy this game while you can, because with the way Iowa State has played, I don’t think we will be able to pencil this game in as a win anymore.

West Virginia 38, Iowa State 24

BOWL PROJECTIONS

Here is what the experts think:

Website Bowl Opponent
247 Sports Russell Athletic Bowl North Carolina
Athlon Sports Russell Athletic Bowl North Carolina
Bleacher Report Russell Athletic Bowl Florida State
Campus Insiders Russell Athletic Bowl Miami
CBS Sports Alamo Bowl Colorado
College Football News Russell Athletic Bowl North Carolina
ESPN (Big 12/ACC Blogs) Russell Athletic Bowl Virginia Tech
ESPN (McMurphy) Russell Athletic Bowl Virginia Tech
ESPN (Schlabach) Russell Athletic Bowl Virginia Tech
Fox Sports Russell Athletic Bowl Miami
NBC Sports Russell Athletic Bowl Florida State
SB Nation Russell Athletic Bowl Florida State
Sports Illustrated Alamo Bowl Utah
Sporting News Russell Athletic Bowl Virginia Tech
USA Today Russell Athletic Bowl Virginia Tech