MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Alabama’s running game has long been infamous for overpowering defenses, but Mark Glowinski envisions West Virginia’s offensive line pulling off that feat Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game.

“If we can get off the ball and do what we’ve been doing (in camp), I think we’ll be fine,” he said. “We’ll tire them down.”

Glowinski and fellow guard Quinton Spain are seniors and the unquestioned pillars up front for West Virginia, a team forced to repeatedly evaluate and commiserate over last season’s 4-8 finish. All that reflection will give way to new results once the Mountaineers finally line up against No. 2 Alabama.

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Guard Mark Glowinski says West Virginia can set up its season “if we put on a great show against Alabama.”

The Tide defense is in replenishing mode, having lost seven starters to graduation or NFL draft early entry—an exodus that includes Butkus Award winner C.J. Mosley. Two top returning linebackers, Trey DePriest and Denzel Devall, were slowed by leg injuries during preseason camp, and defensive linemen Brandon Ivory and Jarran Reed missed more than a week of practice while serving suspensions.

Those gaps were offset by Nick Saban’s staff stocking up once more in the latest round of recruiting. The Crimson Tide signed seven of the top 38 defensive players in the nation, according to Rivals, and some of that talent likely will be forced into immediate action against West Virginia.

“The name on the back changes, but the same body type typically shows up every year,” said Mountaineers offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson. “Their guys up front are hard to move.”

Yet Glowinski seems almost giddy over the challenge. His perma-grin has been a staple thoroughout camp, as though he senses a redemptive senior season about to unfold.

“That’s probably the biggest opportunity that we have,” he said. “If we can put on a great show against Alabama, it will really set us up for the rest of the season.”

He recognizes the consequences attached to this game—the highest-ranked opponent WVU has faced since losing 47-21 to LSU in 2011. And diverting from the it’s-just-another-game mantra, Glowinski suggested it’s impossible not to emphasize the matchup against Alabama, a tradition-thick program he grew up revering in Eastern Pennsylvania.

“You’ve always watched them as kids—it has always been a team you wanted to play against,” Glowinski said. “In the back yard and stuff, you’re always talking about these teams.”

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  • The bookman

    I can't wait to see if we have improved. Talk is cheap. The facts are this is no longer the Big East. We play the "Bamas" frequently in league play so let's tee it up and take a measurement. How far have we come from last year?

    I think we will be pleasantly surprised!

  • husker

    I'd be surprised if wvu beats towson..

    • Aaron

      You say you would be surprised but I'd lay $10 to a doughnut that you cannot articulate a valid, reasonable argument as to why a WVU victory in game 7 would be a surprise.

      • Aaron

        I'm sorry, game 2

    • Capt. Obvious

      I see. Are you surprised when the sun comes up everyday as well?

  • Counter Trey

    It goes without saying we are going to have to play something close to flawless football to win. The talent gap is just too wide otherwise. Win the turnover battle, play smart, get a few breaks, and match them physically. Improbable but not impossible! Go Mountaineers!!!

  • Aaron

    If WVU is going to be competitive, the offensive line has to play the game of their lives. Win or lose, this game could very well set the course of WVU football for years to come.

    • TruthTeller

      That is what everybody says every time WVU plays against any team. WVU has one bad season and it like WVU will never ever have a good team again. Well some of you pea brains don't know this but Alabama has had bad 6-6 seasons before. It can happen to any team.
      They are not football Gods!!!!

      • Aaron

        Pea brains. That's funny coming from someone like you. I honestly don't know who's worse, you or the William's of the world.

        • GoEers

          Aaron I must admit that I enjoy reading your posts as you are a knowledgeable fan. However, comparing truth teller to the Williams of the world is definitely a little unfair. Truth teller is a passionate WVU. Every now and then I scratch my head at some of his posts, but I know where he is coming from. The Williams and Jay Zooms of the world are really the worst of the worst. Other than that, my last comment would be: Let's Go Mountaineers!

  • dave

    If we can win, we can win!

  • Ridgerunner

    Come out play hard and be UP at the half. And then refuse to go in the locker room, just stand there until they come back out and get right back at it. If we lose in the end, it would still be something to talk about. Cause that's what its all about, smash mouth, smack talkin' fun! I've been sucker punched by many a fella smaller than me.
    Lets Go!

    • Mark

      Now that would be something!


  • VaultHunter

    Nah I will be watching a great game between Alabama and WVU and thinking to myself how lucky I am to witness my Mountaineers playing in games like this.

    Marshall fans make sure you figure out what two games your Herd will slip up in.

    Marshall vs Miami of
    WVU vs Alabama

    not even close

    WVU 3 bcs bowl WINS 7 years
    Marshall not so much.

    WVU member of P5 conference Big12 will earn approximately 30 million a year
    Marshall member of Conf USA soon to be member of MAC or double A.

    Yes Marshall fans you have so much pride and direction we WVU'ers bow down to your prestigious program.

    WVU 10-2 top ten
    Marshall 10-2 nobody cares.

    • JimJim

      You never talk about Ohio State. You're always looking down on Marshall, look up, Ohio State.

    • Jay

      I'm as big of a Mountaineer fan as anyone, and I'm happy to read that you are as well. That said, this isn't about Marshall.

      • Herd98

        Exactly Jay. Not about Marshall. Great thing about college football is anyone can have a bad game and lose. If Alabama has not molded into the destructive force their #1 recruiting class in the nation has them set up to be then WVU is playing them at the right time. We all know that game 1 with new players at key positions is when you learn and improve most by game 2. This being said Coach Saben is a great coach and if he has managed in camp to get this team to commit and bond and they come out on top of their game, well you would be absolutley crazy to think it wont be very ugly very early. If the O-line cant hold those beasts from Bamas Defense away from Trickett and his bum shoulder, then its going to be not much fum to watch. Lets hope its an off day for Bama.

  • FNP

    Win or Lose this game, we still have 11 more to play. We'll give everything BAMA will wont and they may turn into a W for us. Who knows. Let the kids and coaches do what they do and enjoy the game.

  • Handy Man

    Hey Ear Fans,

    Have your hands on the remote control. Methinks you'll be ready to change the channel over to one of those huntin' or fishin' shows sometime around 3:50 pm on Saturday.

    • WVU82MD

      Not quite sure but Handy Man probably doesn't have a TV with remote and will likely be passed out before game time....he'll wake up about 11pm and in a drunken state of mind try feverishly to find the score only to realize he forgot to pay his cable bill. Have another drink.....

    • Jay

      You should know all about them. They're all filmed in Alabama.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Well there's no doubt in my mind that Glowinski & his gang hold the key to this game. I like the confidence. Root 'em out.

  • Ray

    Holges with that type of center don't put anyone on him. Slant your linebackers for the run and ware that dude down.

    • JimJim

      That's unfair, you're asking Dana Dude to coach. Stop it.

  • Bartholomule

    It always comes down to turnovers.

  • any major dude

    That's right, Glow! Push em around! Knock em back! Outmuscle em!

    Don't expect to tire them down though. They don't tire down too easy. Just keep going at em till the horn blows and we'll be alright! Go Mountaineers!

    • Steve Adams

      As the chant goes "KNOCK'EM, BUST'EM
      We heard the same old crap before we played Georgia in the Sugar Bowl & whooped them, before we played Oklohoma in the Fiesta Bowl & whooped them, & before we played Clemson & whooped them. We were also heavly out numbered by the oposing fan base, but we showed them our Mountainer Pride. We were not given a chance to even be in the game.
      People get some "FAITH"
      We can do this. Alabama is not an NFL team.
      No turnovers & we are in this Game.

      • GoEers


        • Mark

          And another!

  • SECorBust

    Cameron Sims will play, but no other freshmen will play unless it is trash time. The article indicates that true freshmen will be forced to play on defense. Holgerson explained Alabama's depth yesterday I think. Someone wasn't listening. Maybe 5* Da'Shawn Hand is "forced" to play, but he is listed on the two deep so...

    He seems to insinuate that WVU is going to try a tempo rushing attack. I say bring it on.

    • Aaron

      "I say bring it on."

      Did you say the same thing in December and January?

      More importantly, is Kirby Smart as enthusiastic as Bama fans are in seeing an uptempo offense. As bad as WV was last year, they still averaged 425 yards per game and will be improved so while the Tide will win the game, I doubt those on the defensive side of the ball are thrilled at facing an offense they have historically had trouble stopping.

    • Jay

      I understand your confidence, but I wouldn't be too giddy to see an up-tempo offense if I were you. 2013 Alabama was 1-2 against them.

      • SECorBust

        Bama lost those two games only because of correctable mistakes. Neither of those teams should have won those games. Frankly they should not have even been in the game late.

        5 turnovers against OU and 3 missed field goals against Auburn.

        • StarCityEer

          Make no mistake about it. Bama got Whipped by Oklahoma back in January! They were beat down, Period!!!

        • Aaron

          I watched the OK game. I saw a hungrier team creating turnovers against a team not ready to play. Given the head coach, that speaks volumes about last years team.

        • Jay

          Had WVU not made their own mistakes, they would have gone 12-0 in the regular season last year.

          I live in reality. Alabama lost those games. Stop making excuses. You feed right into the SEC fan stereotype - it's never that you were outplayed, shoulda, coulda, woulda, blah, blah, blah.

          • Protechcpa

            Now hold on. We do know that Auburn should have NEVER beat Bama and it is just criminal that an official did not trip that return man or blow the whistle or just proclaim such a play against the Tide is not legal. After all, they are Bama.

        • FNP

          Yea Yea Yea...get over it dude. If you're gonna use that then we shouldn't have gotten beat by beat in 2006 either. We missed field goals in that game too! Its part of the game and teams dont play perfect games every week. Oklahoma took advantage of those mistakes by Bama and thats why they punched them in the mouth. If Bama turns the ball over in this game then WVU wins.

  • jay zoom

    does not make a difference. just a matter of how many points saban and the tide want to put on the scoreboard.. Holgerson is hoping for a field goal so it won.t be a shutout. prediction ALABAMA 41 wvu 6. wife says ALABAMA 30 wvu 20 time will tell. and mark G. throw the bottle away we got a game Saturday.

    • J the C

      Let me be the first to say," Shut up, jayzoom"! Go Eers!

    • Jay

      There is no reason to play Debbie Downer here. Openers are weird, and people are acting like we're Western Carolina taking on the mighty Tide in their annual November "we're in the SEC so we need a late season rest" game.

      We're West Virginia, we play in the Big 12 conference, and we're coming to Atlanta. Start acting like it!

    • kevin

      What's Mark Glowinski supposed to say? "We are scared to death of em. I dont know why they scheduled this game. I may play sick and not travel with the team."...............I think he's jst being straight up with the interviewer, not hitting the bottle. "Holgorsen is hoping for a field goal so it wont be a shutout"?????? Really!!?! You been hanging with Dana? You in his mind? I dont think so.............i'm sure you thought the same in 2006 vs Georgia too. And 2008 vs Oklahoma, and Clemson, Ok State, etc.........i just dont understand all the defeatist attitudes.....

      • Shannon Pietroski

        I agree with, "where's the enthusiasm people!?" If the underdogs never win, then we wouldn't have some really great underdog or come back stories in football!!! Mark Glowinski is my nephew, and if he listened to all the critics and nay-sayers, he wouldn't even be playing at WVU, especially not as a key senior starter with any chance of possibly getting a chance at playing in the NFL. He would've finished at a JUCO school and went to a 4 yr school to just finish his 4 yr degree! He has said anything is possible, if you work your ass off and if you believe! Go Mark! Go Mountaineers!!

        • GoEers

          That's the best post I have ever read. Go Mark and Let's Go Mountaineers!!