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Crowdsourcing 2014 K-State Football: Week 13: West Virginia

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The Wildcats make the long trek to rowdy Milan Puskar stadium, hopefully with a better outcome than their last road trip.

Willie has a beard all over his head.
Willie has a beard all over his head.
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Little did you know, this whole series is phase one of an attempt to determine how many of you have a crystal ball, and we can now narrow it down to seven people, because that is how many of us correctly guessed the outcome in our preseason poll out of 179 votes. Phase three is profit.

As far as actual commentary of that game a few weeks ago, I have none because I systematically killed off all brain cells that had any recollection of football played in Fort Worth from 8 November 2014 to 10 November 2014. I suggest you do the same. For your health.

 

2014 Regular Season Schedule
Date Opponent Preseason
Poll
Result Weekly Poll
Win Lose L > 7 L = 7 Tie W = 7 W > 7
8/30/14 6:10 p.m. Stephen F. Austin 408 0 W 55-16 1 2 1 4 284
9/6/14 11:00 a.m. @Iowa State 389 17 W 32-28 1 3 3 22 380
9/13/14 Bye - - - - - - - -
9/18/14 6:30 p.m. Auburn 297 109 L 14-20 203 27 54 141 46
9/27/14 11:00 a.m. Texas-El Paso 192 0 W 58-28 8 10 0 8 146
10/4/14 6:00 p.m. Texas Tech 188 4 W 45-13 32 26 2 27 330
10/11/14 Bye - - - - - - - -
10/18/14 @Oklahoma 81 111 W 31-30 53 28 17 161 62
10/25/14 Texas 174 5 W 23-0 6 13 0 37 261
11/1/14 Oklahoma State 170 9 W 48-14 2 1 0 18 257
11/8/14 @TCU 172 7 L 20-41 61 59 18 241 145
11/15/14 Bye - - - - - - - -
11/20/14 6:00 p.m. @West Virginia 230 3
11/29/14 Kansas 232 1
12/6/14 @Baylor 129 104

After that dreadful bye week, let's finally shift our focus to the Mountaineers of West Virginia.

Both teams sat idle in week 12 after getting thoroughly demolished by a Texas school in week 11. The Mountaineers sit at 6-4 with losses to Alabama, Oklahoma, TCU, and Texas, and as you probably know, the Wildcats are 1.5 games ahead of them.

Passing the ball is where West Virginia excels on offense, ranking 24th in yards per game and 11th in S&P+. Clint Trickett has been solid, but wide receiver Kevin White is the true game-breaker on this team. He has hauled in 1207 yards and eight touchdowns this year. He has prototypical NFL size at 6'3" with athleticism that make scouts giddy and opposing cornerbacks... not as giddy.

Defensively, the Mountaineers have been very good in all S&P+ measurements, ranking no lower than 24th in any category. They have a defensive rating of 18th overall, which is coincidently one spot lower than Auburn and one higher than Oklahoma. Although it isn't up-to-date yet, they are a full nine spots higher overall than the Cats at 19th, with each team most likely not shifting much due to their bye weeks. 

It would make things a lot easier, but I really hope we can't shorten our potential crystal ballers to three this week. Unfortunately, Vegas thinks that will be the case, giving us 2.5 points, which our team will hopefully embrace.