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Football Primer: 5 questions for West Virginia-TCU – West Virginia MetroNews

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A handful of questions like No. 9 West Virginia (7-1, 5-1) changes the stadium "True Blue" for his date with TCU (4-5, 2-4) on Saturday:

What is the recipe to avoid disappointment?

Beating Texas 42-41 proved that the Mountaineers could handle last-minute drama. Now they have to call energy against a team with a lost record.

TCU opened as a 13-point underdog, a line that has since shifted to 11.5, and Gary Patterson's boys are only 2-7 against the spread. (Their last cover? That 40-28 loss for the state of Ohio on September 15.)

The history of the series reminds us that in 2012 and 2014 TCU claimed a few one-point wins in Morgantown, both in the last minute. This game is not so equal, provided Dana Holgorsen has prepared his team. He has not dropped a game as a double-digit favorite since Louisville in 2011.

Do you know those cowardly officials?

West Virginia fans saw about Yodny Cajuste's droppings last week – the full overreaction by an official. And the signal "horns down" flashed by David Sills is usually unpunished by other Texas opponents.

For real, unadulterated indignation, nothing surpasses the insultation of last season attributed to Sills at TCU. The cornerback that according to all rights to that late game, Tony James, should have been marked, works this season as a back-up.

What does TCU & # 39; s offense do?

TCU & # 39; s score of 26.6 points per game is 86th national and 8th in the Big 12. Shawn Robinson's turnover was problematic, and things really went down when his shoulder injury ended the season to be.

As a consolation prize, the Frogs have been the second longest series in the nation since they came to the conclusion – 329 games, dating back to 1991.

After Kyle Hicks graduated, turning back Darius Anderson was in line for a big season. Instead, he is on pace for a career-layer in yards per bears and his touchdowns dried up. The chances on the goal line also disappeared for Sewo Olonilua, 3 foot-3, who last season hit a third-down score against WVU.

Four-star recruit Jalen Reagor has a team of 48 catches and the second-year student's production has increased enormously since the QB spot fell in the lap of Penn transfer Michael Collins. Reagor has 11 catches of 269 yards in the last two weeks with touchdowns of 56 yards. Kansas and 67 yards vs. K-State.

"Reagor, he's just as good for a receiver as we've seen all year round and just as fast as a receiver we've seen all year," said Holgorsen.

KaVontae Turpin attacked a few squad parts before he was fired two weeks ago, but those returning special teams were where his explosiveness typically surfaced. (He will be noticeably absent from WVU, whose cover on kicks and kicks is one of the worst in the Big 12.)

How inexperienced is TCU?

Do you want a stat that eases the maturity gap between these teams? Try first-year participation.

Fifteen have seen action this season for West Virginia, compared to 29 for the Frogs.

Do the CFP legitimate?

ESPN analysis gives West Virginia a 5 percent chance to crack the Playoff game of the college. Jerry Palm predicts a Big 12 runner-up finish and a Peach Bowl berth. Jason Kirk from SBNation predicts the same thing.

The models and the guesswork are currently not favorable, but then what? Surviving that elimination game in Austin made WVU free for the next obstacle. Defeat another four and the ranking of December 2 will carry the real drama