Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Al Presto. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
The 2015 West Virginia Mountaineers team returns sixteen starters on both sides of the football. The Mountaineers went 7-6 last season, 5-4 in Big Twelve Conference play. West Virginia lost in the Liberty Bowl to Texas A&M. WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen enter his fifth season with a 28-23 overall record. The Mountaineers should be solid on both sides of the football and will be competitive in 2015. The West Virginia Mountaineers plays home games at the 60,000 seat Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium on campus in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Seven starters return to the West Virginia offense in 2015. Quarterback Skyler Howard (829) passing yards in two games will be under center. The junior signal caller also threw eight touchdowns with no interceptions. Two wide receivers from the 2014 team are now in the NFL. Senior wideout Jordan Thompson (598) receiving yards last season will be the main target in the passing game. Running back Rushel Shell (788) rushing yards and Wendell Smallwood (722) are one of the best running back tandems in the conference. Three returning starters return on the offensive line. The Mountaineer offense will have balance both running and throwing the football if the O-line holds up. The West Virginia Mountaineers went 7-6 on College Football ATS Picks last season, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total nine.
*The Mountaineer offense put up an average of 499.8 yards per game last season, 12th in the FBS.
*WVU was 3-4 Against The Spread last season.
*West Virginia went 4-2 away from Morgantown.
*The betting odds total went 2-5 at home last season.
*The Mountaineers went over the betting odds total twice on the road.
*WVU stayed under the betting odds total four times away from home.
*The WVU passing offense put up 317.0 yards per game, 9th in the nation.
*The Mountaineers scored 33.5 ppg, 37th in College Football.
*The Mountaineers running game accounted for 182.8 yards per contest, 45th nationally.
Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson is thrilled with his defense. Nine starters return to what should be one of the best in the Big-Twelve. The Mountaineers are loaded at the linebacker position. The 2014 leading tackler was moved outside to make room for Jared Barber to play on the inside. Barber missed the last season with an ACL injury. Five starters return to the secondary, which is a plus in the pass-happy Big Twelve. The defensive line must find ways to create a pass rush in 2015. JUCO transfer Larry Jefferson could be the answer. The middle of the line is solid with run stopper Kyle Rose.
*The West Virginia defense was 68th in the country, allowing 399.4 yards per contest to the opposition.
*The WVU pass defense ranked 73rd in the FBS giving up 231.2 yards per game.
*West Virginia gave up an average of 27.6 ppg, 74th nationally.
*The Mountaineers run defense was 65th in the College Football landscape giving up 168.2 yards per game on the ground.
*West Virginia plays all three out of conference games at home in 2015.
*The Mountaineers will go on the road to play Baylor and TCU back to back in October.
Bovada lists the West Virginia Mountaineers at over/under eight wins in 2015.
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