West Virginia will return home to take on Iowa State on Saturday. Morgantown will be a hostile environment thanks to the fans but will the weather have any impact on the field?
West Virginia is currently sitting at 3-2 and 1-1 in the Big 12. Their opponent this week in Iowa State has the exact same record. This is a massive game for both teams. In Morgantown, weather will be a factor in this game.
When looking at the forecast, these teams should be happy that this is a 4 P.M. ET start. It will be a chilly night with the low at 40 degrees. Early in the day, Morgantown will experience some light rain but that will stop come game time. There will be minimal wind and clear skies which makes for ideal weather come kickoff.
Does either team have an advantage here? Nothing jumps out but this weather is good news for West Virginia. The Mountaineers have shown the ability to push the ball down the field but it has been inconsistent. Austin Kendall finished with 367 yards and three touchdowns against Texas, but turnovers were the difference as he threw four interceptions. Clear skies and no rain gives the Mountaineers a better chance of pushing the ball down the field against a Cyclones’ defense that has not been heavily tested yet.
Iowa State has a makeup that can succeed in any weather condition. Brock Purdy leads the team in rushing and has run for multiple touchdowns in two of the last three games. Iowa State has done enough on offense to be effective.
This will be an entertaining game from the start. Points are expected early and often. It could come down to which team makes the final big play. At home, West Virginia will have to take care of the ball and win the turnover battle if they want to come out on top in this one.