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Former Oklahoma State Offensive Coordinator Dana Holgorsen enters his fifth season as the head coach at West Virginia University.
Holgorsen and the Mountaineers had a tough time in the month of October last season, losing to all four elite teams in the Big-Twelve Conference.
The Mountaineers beat Arizona State 42-41 in the Cactus Bowl to cap off the season. West Virginia should have one of the best offenses in the Conference in the 2016 season.
Fans in Morgantown want to own a Big Twelve title, and patience could be running thin with alumni and boosters.
West Virginia opens the 2016 season, hosting Missouri of the SEC. The Mountaineers then play a good Youngstown State team, and it’s off to the “NATION’S CAPITAL” for a non conference game against BYU. West Virginia also gets Oklahoma and TCU at home this season.
The 2016-17 West Virginia Mountaineers offense has a new coordinator Joe Wickline; the team will still run the spread offense.
Starting Quarterback Skyler Howard is back after passing for 3,145 yards last season. Howard had an up and down season but turned heads with precision passing in the bowl victory.
Running Back Rushel Shell takes over for NFL draftee Wendell Smallwood, and they also signed a few highly rated prep stars.
Shelton Gibson led all West Virginia receivers with ten touchdowns and 887 receiving yards last season returns.
Leading pass-catcher Daikiel Shorts is reliable and can block with the bet in the FBS is also back for another season.
All five starters return on the offensive line, but they must improve in pass protection and run blocking.
The outlook for the West Virginia offense is magnificent, and it has to be in their Conference. Bovada list the 2016-17 West Virginia Mountaineers at +1,200 to win the Big Twelve Title.
The West Virginia defense ranked 61st in all of College Football last season. Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson must replace eight starters including an NFL first-round draft choice.
Holgorsen and the entire coaching staff has confidence in the big guys up front; the defensive line is high. Noble Nwachukwu and Christian Brown are the stars of the unit; there is also depth in the trenches.
All three starting linebackers are gone, but Xavier Preston provides experience.
The secondary must replace Karl Joseph, Darryl Worley, and K.J. Dillon. Joseph, the leaders, was the top draft pick of the NFL Oakland Raiders in 2016.
Dravon Askew-Henry has been a starter since coming to the program as a freshman.
University of Iowa transfer Maurice Fleming expects to add experience in the defensive backfield.
The Mountaineers defense will get tested every game by the opposition, especially in the passing game.
Free Betting Odds Prediction: The 2016-17 West Virginia Mountaineers will post a 7-5 record.
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