WVU vs. TCU Preview


Oct 26, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Clint Trickett (9) attempts a pass against the Kansas State Wildcats during the second half at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats defeat the Mountaineers 35-12. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsThe West Virginia Mountaineers have a record so far this season of 3-5, so does TCU. The two teams will face off tomorrow at 2:30pm on ESPNU with WVU @ TCU. In order to be eligible for a bowl, both teams need to get at least six more W’s before the end of the season.

WVU will have to watch out for TCU QB Casey Pachall. Not only is WVU’s defense ranked last in the Big 12 by allowing 552 total yards per game but Pachall has just returned as of last week from an injury and is a likely starter… meaning he will be hungry for a W while WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen still tries to decide on a starting QB for the Mountaineers (let me remind you this is the mid-point of the season as well). Pachall is expected to boost TCU’s offense, which is last in the Big 12 with 14 points per game.

For the West Virginia Mountaineers, the player to watch is Charles Sims. Sims is the top rusher for the team as well as holding the record for most catches so far this season. He’s also rushed for 600 yards, has four TD’s and 33 catches for 265 yards. TCU’s key player to watch is Paul Dawson. Dawson has 36 tackles in just the last few games.

TCU has lost their last two games and have never lost three in a row. The Mountaineers will try to change that tomorrow during WVU’s first visit to Fort Worth. TCU leads the Big 12 in interceptions and sacks. The last time these two teams faced off, TCU was down at the half but came back in double overtime to win 39-38.