Eastern Kentucky Colonels (0-1) at West Virginia Mountaineers (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium)
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The Eastern Kentucky Colonels and the West Virginia Mountaineers meet Saturday in college football action from Milan Puskar Stadium.
Eastern Kentucky is coming off a 7-5 season in 2019, going 5-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference. That finish left the Colonels in fourth place and matched the team’s win total from the previous year. As for the Mountaineers, they had a disappointing 2019 campaign with a 5-7 result and a 3-6 mark in the Big 12 Conference. West Virginia finished all the way down in seventh place in the conference standings. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Eastern Kentucky already has one game in the books this season, but it was definitely a forgettable outing. The Colonels were destroyed 59-0 by Marshall in their opening game, coughing up 38 points in the first half alone before the Herd took their foot off the gas pedal in the second.
Eastern Kentucky quarterback Parker McKinney went 7-for-10 in the huge Week 1 loss with 71 yards and an interception. Quentin Pringle led a paltry rushing attack with 39 yards on six carries, and Keyion Dixon was the Colonels’ top receiver with three catches for 34 yards. Jacquez Jones also managed four catches but came up with only nine yards.
Over on the West Virginia side, they’ve got some work to do to catch up with their conference competition this year. The Big 12 was strong once again in 2019, a competitive group that featured just two teams with records better than 5-4 in interconfertnce play.
The Mountaineers started out last year well enough with a 3-1 stretch, but then went on a five-game losing streak that contained three ranked teams. West Virginia did get a nice signature win over Kansas State late in the year, and finished off with a solid victory over TCU.
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Pick: I like West Virginia here. Some of that obviously is due to Eastern Kentucky’s utterly flat performance in their opener versus Marshall, but there are a few positives to look forward to when it comes to the Mountaineers. After averaging less than 80 yards per game rushing last season, West Virginia will likely focus intensely on that aspect and we should see plenty of carry opportunities in this opener. Quarterback Jarrett Doege had some nice outings late in the year, and he should take another step in 2020. It’ll probably be around a .500 record for WVU this year, but that should be considered a solid mark.