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Upset special: West Virginia over Virginia Tech

Upset special: West Virginia over Virginia Tech

Head coach Justin Fuente of the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Mark Thurston of the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Offense must develop a rhythm early and often.

What will be a factor is Virginia Tech's defense, which gave up only 22 points and 340 yards per game last season and returns nearly everyone. I think Virginia Tech is looking good. Defensively though, the Hokies have many returning play-makers from a year ago. West Virginia's offensive line faces what will arguably be their toughest defensive front of the season. "They've got great offense".

KC: Stopping the run to put pressure on a young quarterback. But the Mountaineers must overcome big losses on their defense.

When he takes the field Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Josh Jackson will become the first freshman to start at quarterback for Virginia Tech since Tyrod Taylor in 2007, and the first to start a season opener since Michael Vick in 1999, the Roanoke Times notes.

VB: Going with the easy pick here, WVU quarterback Will Grier. And West Virginia figures to sport an upgrade at quarterback, with Florida transfer Will Grier moving in for three-year starter Skyler Howard. His ability to hit open receivers and keep plays alive with his feet will keep WVU in the game. "I couldn't imagine not bleeding blue and gold". He was there when Brady played between 1996-99 and has stayed in contact over the years.

"Tom says he's going to call him", Fred said, per Gentry.

Grier will now be able to settle down and make the right reads and throws.

Virginia Tech wasted little time regaining the lead. He'll grind it out and find a way to take the game into the fourth quarter. I think it will be Virginia Tech.

West Virginia has 220 total yards on offense, while the Hokies have 165 yards.

Shrader predicted the Mountaineers winning 31-27.

Needless to say, its been a defensive battle in the first half. The Hokies strong defense, led by coordinator Bud Foster, is anchored by linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and Andrew Motuapuaka.

PK: WVU overcomes a sluggish start to win a close one, 24-21. "The team that gets the most breaks wins the ball game", Scott said. Based on history alone, it's nearly a forgone conclusion that this renewal of the Black Diamond Trophy Game will be a close and down to the wire game. With many uncertainties in air regarding the two teams' offenses, neither defense knows exactly what it'll see from the opposing offense with West Virginia redshirt junior quarterback Will Grier not having played in a game in nearly two years and Virginia Tech redshirt quarterback Josh Jackson not having played in a college game at all.


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