The Chalkboard: West Virginia Mountaineers – TCU Horned Frogs | WVU | West Virginia Mountaineers Sports Coverage
Can WVU take advantage of a troubled TCU defense that falls short of the usual standards of a unit trained by Gary Patterson? There hasn’t been much evidence to support this mountaineer’s hope so far this year, but reading the comments from both coaching teams in the days leading up to the match, we’ll see at least some changes and adjustments from both sides who each believe will make a difference.
For West Virginia, it’s a bit of a simplification – weed out what he didn’t do well, focus on what he did, and hopefully find a few tweaks that attack the areas. underperforming TCU. This will focus on the running game on both sides, but the Mountaineers will also try to use their pre-engagement movement packages – and maybe more use of receivers that haven’t been in the game plan much. so far – to put up more than the 20.8 points per game he averages against unnamed enemies LIU.
|West Virginia (2-4 / 0-3) v TCU (3-3 / 1-2)||Sat, Oct 23 7:30 p.m. ET|
|Amon G. Carter Stadium||Fort Worth, Texas||TV: ESPNU|
|Survey: WVU – NR TCU-NR||Series: UVM 6-4||Last match: WVU 24-6|
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On the Horned Frog side, Patterson has indicated that he wants to return to attacking mode, with more blitz and more movement, than his team has sown recently. The colorful coach calls the most static rosters “the beer can defense,” and wants his defenders on the move, not stationary like targets in a gallery at Texas State Fair.
These intentions could lead to some interesting tactical battles. Can WVU, familiar with Patterson’s style, be ready to throw traps or suck up rushers and enjoy it with passes in open areas? Or will the Frog Frolic overwhelm the suspicious West Virginia line game? This is probably the determining factor in the game.
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How many staff changes in West Virginia will we see? The rarely updated and often misleading Mountaineers depth chart now has Jackie Matthews as a starting spear, with Charles Woods to back him up, but other than instant scoring, it’s not a huge change. Matthews, who started the pitch in place of an injured Young against Baylor, played that position throughout the season as a sixth DB in WVU’s dime packages, while Woods appeared in both in safety and in corner.
The offensive line could see some reps changes as well, but Jordan White is still listed behind Doug Nester in the right guard even though White has seen a lot of action from both sides and is also the save center. Kaden Prather, who made his debut against Baylor but went on to mainly play in special teams, was able to see a few more shots, but he hasn’t been able to break free against the Bears much and hasn’t been targeted. by a pass.
Running back (Justin Johnson) and quarterback (Garrett Greene) also hold a bit of intrigue as to how many reps each will see.
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WVU has played 15 overtime games in its history, including four against a repeated enemy. The Mountaineers have defeated Rutgers twice in a pair of extra-session competitions and split two of those games against TCU. These have followed one another for several years (2012 and 2013).
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COVID AND WARRANTY NOTES
Each week, we’ll be providing Health Precautions Notes and Tips, Travel Tips, and more for the upcoming game in this space.
Like WVU, TCU provides a Covid dashboard (creatively named “Protect the Purple”) with current status and stats, and the news is mostly good on campus. Only three positive cases were reported the week of October 17, and the total number of active cases, on and off campus, is in single digits.
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When evaluating TCU play, injuries should be taken into account. Wide receiver Quentin Johnson missed the Texas Tech game but exploded against Oklahoma with seven catches for 185 yards and two scores. Wide receiver JD Spielman was absent, and defensively, the best like Wyatt Harris, Bud Clark, Khari Coleman, Noah Daniels, La’Kendrick Van Zandt, Zach Evans and Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson were all limited, have missed entire matches or knocked out. Add quarterback Max Duggan who plays on a badly injured foot, and there’s no doubt the Frogs have played with the equivalent of a 40-card deck.
How many will play against WVU? Quarterback Duggan and running back Evans are the focal points for many, but the massive roster of defensive players who have been out or run out of time could be just as important. Observation of the turnout and starters on the pitch could provide clues as to how the climbers will attempt to generate a certain offense.
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Each team has committed 40 penalties this year, but the play-offs against the Horned Frogs totaled nearly 100 yards (418-319) more than those against WVU.
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Which quarterback leads the Big 12 in yards per game? It’s Jarret Doege, with 240.8 yards per exit.
Such a statistic can be viewed in several ways. It’s certainly an indicator of how defenses have fought back in the league – a few years ago there were probably reserve quarterbacks averaging that many yards per appearance. WVU fans who quickly jump to Doege’s weaknesses would certainly find plenty of “Yes, but” reasons for downgrading that number, and while not all of them are valid, there are a few that would be fair to do.
There are also arguments that if backups like Caleb Saunders of Oklahoma and Shane Illingworth of Oklahoma State had played all year, this Doege would be lower on the list, and that’s probably true. But while that metric isn’t listed to try and make the case that Doege is the best quarterback in the Big 12, it’s worth noting that he doesn’t match some of the ‘worst ever’ markers that have been applied to him. That is.