Tag:West Virginia
Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:36 am
 

Noel Devine questionable for Saturday

Posted by Tom Fornelli

When West Virginia has its first ever meeting with UNLV -- which will no doubt become one of the greatest rivalries in college football history -- on Saturday it's possible it'll be doing it with one of its best offensive weapons.  Noel Devine hurt his toe in the Mountaineers' loss to LSU two weeks ago, and though Devine stayed in the game, he was obviously limited, finishing the game with only 37 yards on 14 carries.

Now, even though West Virginia was off last weekend, and Devine's toe has had time to heal, there's still some question about his status against UNLV.  Not even his head coach is all that sure, though he is encouraged by how Devine is treating the injury.

"He is trying to get on the mend; he has a bone bruise under his toe," West Virginia coach Bill Stewart said of Devine, who has 391 yards and two touchdowns in the first four games. "It is not turf toe, it is a bone bruise, so when he pivots, that aches. ... A bone is not like a muscle or a joint, but hopefully he will be good."

"He is doing good, I won't say great.  I won't know [his full status] until Saturday in warm-ups. What he did [Monday], that I was really proud of, was that he was either in class or in treatment. I told him don't leave the [football] building except for class, and he didn't. I thought that was kind of neat."

Should Devine not be able to go on Saturday the Mountaineers will rely on Shawne Alston and Daquan Hargrett, though Stewart also said that freshman Trey Johnson could enter the mix as well.

Posted on: September 26, 2010 12:35 am
 

LSU picks up win and a QB controversy

Posted by Tom Fornelli

LSU was able to move to 4-0 on the season with a 20-14 win over West Virginia on Saturday night in Baton Rouge, but they may have also picked up a quarterback controversy in the process.  Make no mistake about it, LSU did not win because of anything Jordan Jefferson or the offense did, but more in spite of them.

The Tigers offense finished the game with only 229 yards of offense, with 125 of them coming via Stevan Ridley' s legs.  Other than Ridley, there was a bit left to be desired.

Particularly with Jefferson, who finished the night 10 of 22 with 76 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.  There were also a couple more passes that should have been picked off, and Jefferson heard plenty of boos from the home crowd before the game was over.  In fact, in a key drive late in the fourth quarter, Les Miles put backup Jarrett Lee in for Jefferson.

A move Miles may want to consider making for the remainder of the 2010 season.

Saturday night marked the third consecutive game in which Jefferson did not throw a touchdown and he didn't inspire much confidence in the rest of his team.  If it wasn't for a very strong LSU defense and the punt return stylings of one Patrick Peterson, this game would have turned out a bit differently.

LSU has a defense strong enough to win the SEC, it's just that with Jefferson starting at quarterback it's clear the offense isn't good enough to carry its share of the load.  Giving Lee a shot next week -- at the very least a share of the snaps -- against Tennessee couldn't hurt.
Posted on: September 25, 2010 11:55 am
 

Game day weather updates, Week 4

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Conditions look ideal everywhere but Auburn and LSU. All times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

Georgia Tech at North Carolina State, 12:00, Raleigh, NC: Lower 90s, partly cloudy

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 16 Stanford at Notre Dame, 3:30, South Bend, IN: Lower 60s, partly cloudy, breezy

No. 1 Alabama at No. 10 Arkansas, 3:30, Little Rock, AR: Lower 80s, partly cloudy

Evening kickoffs

No. 8 Oklahoma at Cincinnati, 6:00, Cincinnati, OH: Upper 60s, clear

No. 12 South Carolina at No. 17 Auburn, 7:45, Auburn, AL: Lower 80s/Upper 70s, scattered thunderstorms

No. 24 Oregon State at No. 3 Boise State, 8:00, Boise, ID: Mid 80s at kickoff, lower 70s by halftime, clear 

Late kickoffs

No. 22 West Virginia at No. 15 LSU, 9:00, Baton Rouge, LA: Upper 70s, chance of thunderstorms

California at No. 14 Arizona, 10:00, Tucson, AZ: Mid 80s, clear

No. 5 Oregon at Arizona State, 10:30, Tempe, AZ: Lower 90s, clear

Posted on: September 23, 2010 4:57 pm
 

FedEx Field announces two new NCAA football games

Posted by Adam Jacobi

This season's Labor Day blockbuster between Virginia Tech and Boise State, in addition to being a damned good game, appears to have convinced some of college football's biggest names to give D.C. a try. In a statement released today, the Washington Redskins announced that their FedEx Field would host two intriguing games in the (not-so-immediate) future:

FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins, announced today that it has added two more exciting college football games to its already unmatched slate. Brigham Young and West Virginia will play on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, and Maryland will host Texas on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

“We are pleased to host these matchups at FedExField,” Redskins Chief Marketing Officer Mitch Gershman said. “We strive to bring a number of high-profile sporting and entertainment events to FedExField as a benefit to our season ticketholders and the rest of the metropolitan area, and these games are great examples.”

FedExField will also host other high-profile college football games such as Penn State vs. Indiana on Nov. 20, 2010; Notre Dame vs. Maryland on Nov. 12, 2011; the 112th Army-Navy Game on Dec. 10, 2011; and Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati in 2012.

It's hard to fault teams for wanting to take a game to FedEx (do they ever call it "the Fed," or does that carry too much of a negative connotation?); recall, if you will, the scene of 90,000 fans going crazy during the Hokies' intro:

No, a scene like that probably won't unfold for PSU-Indiana (especially when the home team is Indiana) (no, seriously), but college football games in front of 90,000 fans and made even more high-profile by its stadium is awfully hard to turn down.

Oh, and Maryland: you have eight years to get on Texas' level. Clock's ticking.

Posted on: September 22, 2010 4:59 pm
 

WVU's Brandon Hogan is back with the team

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The West Virginia Mountaineers suspended cornerback Brandon Hogan indefinitely following his DUI arrest on September 12, and it turns out that indefinite is another word for a week.  Hogan is back with the Mountaineers and practicing this week as the team prepares to head south to take on LSU on Saturday night, though whether or not they'll have Hogan with them remains in question.

Bill Stewart says that while Hogan is back and practicing, that doesn't mean he's going to be playing on Saturday.
"Brandon Hogan is in an evaluation period by me," Stewart said. "He is going to practice, that's his status. ... I will watch him work. He is undergoing, right now, the exact same formula that any student who has any problems [goes through] by the student judicial affairs committee.

"I don't know if he will play this week, and I don't know if he won't play this week. If he is to play this week, he will have earned the right to play, according to my standards, and my standards alone."
Stewart says he won't make a decision on Hogan until Saturday.  Though odds are that Hogan is going to play, or else he wouldn't be practicing.  Hogan was replaced by sophomore Pat Miller in West Virginia's 31-17 win against Maryland last week, and both of Maryland's touchdowns came at the expense of Miller.

Once on a 60-yard pass, and another on an 80-yard pass.  So unless Hogan decides to get drunk and go for a ride between now and Saturday, you can bet he'll be on the field this week.
Posted on: September 20, 2010 7:26 pm
 

Big East has one more week to justify existence

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Big East is an automatic BCS-qualifying conference, and as one of the six "power" conference, they are afforded a certain amount of respect. Thus, we owe it to the conference and its members to begin this entry with a compliment. So here it goes: The Big East is three games over .500 against all competition this year.

And that's about it. Because even that lackluster 12-9 record among the eight Big East teams is misleading. For one, every single team is 1-0 against FCS competition. So, good news, Big East: if the conference as a whole were to be relegated tomorrow (unlikely as that may be), they'd be very good all of a sudden. Against the FBS, though, not so much; the Big East is 4-9 overall, which includes a 3-3 record against teams that aren't even in automatic-qualifier conferences. For example, Connecticut lost to Temple last week. By 14 points.

That brings us to the meat of the Big East's resume, and that's play against quality competition. It almost couldn't possibly be worse. The conference is 1-8 against BCS conference teams. Only West Virginia -- who beat a truly miserable Maryland team last Saturday -- has such a win under its belt. That, friends, is poor performance nonpareil.

If that's all going to change in the Big East's favor at all this season, it's going to have to be this weekend; Miami visits Pitt on Thursday, Oklahoma travels to Cincinnati, West Virginia is at LSU, and Rutgers hosts North Carolina. Four difficult -- but winnable -- games against high-profile competition. Among the four listed games, WhatIfSports.com only gives Pitt better than even odds to come away with a victory, so don't be terribly surprised if the conference can't break even against its "real" competition this weekend.

If there's one saving grace to all of this, it's that a conference is usually judged by its highest achievers. The SEC has always been able to rest its laurels on the members who would run through the conference undefeated, for example, because those teams almost always win their national championship games that await. Nobody would demean a conference that could produce a 14-0 Alabama team if that Crimson Tide runs through 14-0 Texas as happened last year, after all. So, West Virginia now has a similar opportunity. While we're not positive that even an undefeated Mountaineers team is guaranteed a BCS Championship berth, they will certainly face high competition during bowl season when that time comes (even if they drop a game between now and then). Win that matchup, and people will pay less and less attention to the cupcakes littering the Mountaineers' conference path.

Posted on: September 20, 2010 7:26 pm
 

Big East has one more week to justify existence

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Big East is an automatic BCS-qualifying conference, and as one of the six "power" conference, they are afforded a certain amount of respect. Thus, we owe it to the conference and its members to begin this entry with a compliment. So here it goes: The Big East is three games over .500 against all competition this year.

And that's about it. Because even that lackluster 12-9 record among the eight Big East teams is misleading. For one, every single team is 1-0 against FCS competition. So, good news, Big East: if the conference as a whole were to be relegated tomorrow (unlikely as that may be), they'd be very good all of a sudden. Against the FBS, though, not so much; the Big East is 4-9 overall, which includes a 3-3 record against teams that aren't even in automatic-qualifier conferences. For example, Connecticut lost to Temple last week. By 14 points.

That brings us to the meat of the Big East's resume, and that's play against quality competition. It almost couldn't possibly be worse. The conference is 1-8 against BCS conference teams. Only West Virginia -- who beat a truly miserable Maryland team last Saturday -- has such a win under its belt. That, friends, is poor performance nonpareil.

If that's all going to change in the Big East's favor at all this season, it's going to have to be this weekend; Miami visits Pitt on Thursday, Oklahoma travels to Cincinnati, West Virginia is at LSU, and Rutgers hosts North Carolina. Four difficult -- but winnable -- games against high-profile competition. Among the four listed games, WhatIfSports.com only gives Pitt better than even odds to come away with a victory, so don't be terribly surprised if the conference can't break even against its "real" competition this weekend.

If there's one saving grace to all of this, it's that a conference is usually judged by its highest achievers. The SEC has always been able to rest its laurels on the members who would run through the conference undefeated, for example, because those teams almost always win their national championship games that await. Nobody would demean a conference that could produce a 14-0 Alabama team if that Crimson Tide runs through 14-0 Texas as happened last year, after all. So, West Virginia now has a similar opportunity. While we're not positive that even an undefeated Mountaineers team is guaranteed a BCS Championship berth, they will certainly face high competition during bowl season when that time comes (even if they drop a game between now and then). Win that matchup, and people will pay less and less attention to the cupcakes littering the Mountaineers' conference path.

Posted on: September 18, 2010 12:35 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 12:41 pm
 

Maryland is so, so bad

Posted by Adam Jacobi

[UPDATE, 12:40: Maryland has recovered a West Virginia fumble at the Maryland 20. On Maryland's first play, Robinson almost threw a pick-six. Instead, it turns into a 3-and-out. Maryland is so, so bad.] 

Hey, guess what? That Maryland at West Virginia game that kicked off at the top of the hour? Yeah, it's already over.

West Virginia leads 14-0 after seven minutes of gameplay, but that doesn't accurately describe how poor Maryland has looked in this game. The Mountaineers used a 50-yard scamper by Noel Devine to get into scoring position on their opening drive and got into the end zone a few snaps later.

Undaunted, Maryland responded by committing four penalties on their opening "drive," and it could have been worse; on 3rd and 28 from the 2-yard line (yeah), Terps QB Jamarr Robinson escaped a sack in the end zone only after his tackle, uh, tackled the rush end; the hold went uncalled. Maryland punted on the next snap.

West Virginia shredded Maryland's defense again on the next drive, and the second touchdown came on a pass to Tavon Austin where no Terps were within 20 yards of Austin. That is not an exaggeration. All in all, Geno Smith is 4-4 for 58 yards and two scores (both to Austin, and West Virginia averaged over 10 yards a play on their first two drives.

Oh, and Maryland just punted again. This is brutal. Do not watch this game unless you are a West Virginia fan and/or unimaginably cruel.

 
 
 
 
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