MORGANTOWN, W.Va.Whew! The MetroNews panel sure is thankful Thursday night’s Texas A&M-South Carolina game kicked off too early to make the picks list. Outside of Kevin “One-Trick Pony” Sumlin, who saw that coming?

Perhaps more surprises are in store Saturday, when the Mountaineers face a mountainous point spread against No. 2 Alabama. Though the panelists aren’t buying into an upset, neither are they projecting the Crimson Tide to cover:

Week 1
Brad
Howe

Randy
Gyorko

Kyle
Wiggs
Garrett
Cullen
Alabama (-26)
vs. West Virginia
Alabama
35-10
Alabama
31-17
Alabama
31-14
Alabama
31-17
Marshall (-24)
at Miami, Ohio
Marshall
42-20
Marshall
34-27
Marshall
34-14
Marshall
42-24
Florida State (-17.5)
vs. Oklahoma State
Florida St.
42-20
Florida St.
42-20
Florida St.
31-10
Florida St.
44-24
Wisconsin
vs. LSU (-5)
LSU
24-21
Wisconsin
24-22
Wisconsin
20-14
LSU
21-17
Clemson
at Georgia (-7.5)
Georgia
35-27
Georgia
27-21
Georgia
27-14
Clemson
24-23
Penn State vs.
Central Florida (-2)
Penn State
24-20
Penn State
28-24
UCF
27-24
Penn State
3-nil
Ohio State (-16)
at Navy
Ohio State
35-17
Ohio State
34-17
Ohio State
26-20
Ohio State
31-23
UCLA (-21)
at Virginia
UCLA
31-17
UCLA
33-10
UCLA
31-7
UCLA
30-17
Utah State at
Tennessee (-6)
Tennessee
28-21
Tennessee
44-34
Tennessee
24-21
Tennessee
24-14
Miami at
Louisville (-3.5)
Louisville
27-24
Louisville
30-24
Louisville
32-28
Miami
31-21
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Week 1
Hoppy
Kercheval

Allan
Taylor

Greg
Hunter

Travis
Jones
Alabama (-26)
vs. West Virginia
Alabama
34-17
Alabama
38-16
Alabama
35-24
Alabama
37-14
Marshall (-24)
at Miami, Ohio
Marshall
42-21
Marshall
44-31
Marshall
42-14
Marshall
35-17
Florida State (-17.5)
vs. Oklahoma State
Florida St.
48-24
Florida St.
27-17
Florida St.
38-21
Florida St.
42-21
Wisconsin
vs. LSU (-5)
LSU
21-17
LSU
24-21
Wisconsin
21-17
LSU
28-24
Clemson at
Georgia (-7.5)
Georgia
31-21
Georgia
31-24
Georgia
28-24
Georgia
27-20
Penn State vs.
Central Florida (-2)
UCF
28-27
UCF
23-21
Penn State
24-23
Penn State
31-28
Ohio State (-16)
at Navy
Ohio State
31-17
Ohio State
27-17
Ohio State
21-20
Ohio State
28-24
UCLA (-21)
at Virginia
UCLA
41-14
UCLA
30-13
UCLA
42-21
UCLA
41-20
Utah State at
Tennessee (-6)
Tennessee
31-20
Tennessee
33-31
Utah State
27-22
Tennessee
31-10
Miami at
Louisville (-3.5)
Louisville
34-24
Miami
23-21
Louisville
10-9
Louisville
30-24
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Comments

  • william

    So many WVU still drinks the KOOL-AID
    Alabama 70
    WVU 17

    • Coalblooded

      No, Obama lovers drank the kook-aid!!!

  • Money Manziel

    WVU 30 Tide 28.

    3 rush td 1 pass td for tide theyll get decent yards overall but nothing A & M standards like many believe. Everyone has yet to mention Gibson was a study under Casteel, and WVU has had one of the most effective 3-3-5 or 3-5-3 defensive schemes in the country over the past 15 years. the key will come down to limiting turnovers. Tricket will manage, our backs are as good as the majority of Bamas. Plus the up tempo O will grind on Bamas young bucks. I expect coker to come in mid 2nd or 3rd quarter and for wvu to hold Bama under 400 yards of O. Go Eers.

  • Mountain Navy

    Bama 101 WVU 0 After this year Holgersen will be out and Holliday will be in.

  • Aaron

    Alabama has had the number 1 recruiting class in 6 of Saban's 7 years on campus, a distinction that next years class currently holds as well making it 7 of 8 years. Thus far, they have brought in 19 5-star recruits and 99 4-star recruits. While WV has some talented players, WV starters are on the same level as those on Bama's 2nd and 3rd string. They do not rebuild, they reload and when they lose a Trey DePriest, another 3 or 4 star young man steps in and plugs the hole.

    I believe this years team has plenty of potential but I'm not sold on the coaching staff and it's not a MN/JR bias that drives me. My concerns are that as a team, WVU stood at 4-6 with a chance to win out in 2 games they were favored to go to a bowl game and they folded the tent.

    I watched those games and in my humble opinion, the driving factor was that WVU was simply out-coached. For this years team to be successful, that has to change and while I like Holgorsen's confidence in his press conferences, I'm still not sold he's got the moxy to be THE MAN. Not only do players have to do it on the field, coaches have to do it as well and in this match-up, Holgorsen and crew have a lot to prove.

    I do not believe they can.

    I'll take the over Hoppy. Alabama 47 WVU 34.

  • StarCityEer

    The more I read the Metronews, the less I'm impressed with their sports writers. I can understand the incompetence of most cfb fans around the country but these gentleman are paid to know the facts. Yet they continue to follow Sportscenter and just repeat what they hear.

    I know most of these guys probably never put on a set of pads but a little research would be nice.

    Fact number one: Bama had a great team last year; WVU struggled. Neither of these teams are the same teams. Bama will only be playing three starters from last year - the rest are quality players, but they haven't started a single snap together. Continuity takes time and a defense that doesn't play as a single unit is a vulnerable defense. WVU's offense is experienced at nearly every position, has a number of above average skill players and has been playing together now for two years. Odds are very good the Mountaineers have the advantage here.

    Fact two: Bama has a powerful offense with a couple of significant weaknesses. WVU could potentially have the most trouble with Bama's trio of large, powerful running backs, but the presence of Tom Bradly on the sidelines means the WVU dline and backers will sell out to swarm the run. If Bama picks up yards on the ground, they're going to have to earn it - remember the Mountaineers backers are rated as one of the best units in the Big 12 and they are deep with 18. So expect a great deal of substitutions to stay fresh. Bama is outstanding at wide receiver and tight end. However, they have no continuity with their new quarterback. They don't even know who is going to be getting most of the snaps this year, and that is disruptive to an offensive unit. Plus if WVU's secondary is actually the best the Mountaineers have ever had (and they've had some good ones), that could cause huge problems for a first time starter. What could be even more troubling is the fact that one of the premier rushers in the country, Shaq R will be going up against a true freshman at left tackle. This will be an interesting matchup to watch throughout the evening. The Bama O verses the WVU D has the makings of a heavyweight brawl with the hungrier group coming out on top.

    Fact 3: WVU has always had trouble with special teams and Bama could be the best special teams unit in the country. If WVU loses, it will likely be due to special teams. If the Mountaineers special teams have improved and can hold Bama in check, the Tide could be in trouble.

    No matter how you look at it, these two teams are no where near the same programs as they were a year ago. This one will be much closer than the experts and the cfb nation thinks. It's time to roll the Tide. Let's Go Mountaineers!

    • clark

      Given that confidence, how will your views change if the game is not closer than the majority expects? The MN people mostly pick the game to be roughly twice as close as the oddsmakers, but you apparently seem to think the game will be much closer than 14-17 points. (although conveniently avoid actually making a prediction!)

      What's the spin if we do lose by close to the spread or more?

      • StarCityEer

        Clark, my overall point is that writers (Sportscenter, MN, etc.) as well as most cfb viewers are basing their predictions on what Bama has done over the past couple of years coupled with WVU's performance last year. Neither of these teams are what they were a year ago. I know that because I've done some research rather than simply crowning Alabama because they've been so solid for so long. I believe they will be a good team this year but I'm not so sure they're a top five team at this point in the season. Likewise the Mountaineers are much better than the bottom half of FBS schools. I know that because I've looked close at the details and have deduced they have most of the important pieces in place and are ready for this season. I believe they are currently in a better spot than Bama. By November Saban will have Bama playing like a top five team (and Saban is the difference maker in most games), but not today. They have too many plugins, and though they have great players, even great players have to learn how to play together.

        If Bama does pull away big, then obviously I'm not the cfb enthusiast I think I am and I will have more respect for Hoppy and company - because right now it's very low. Yet I think Bama is vulnerable and will be exposed tonight. I'm going with the Mountaineers to pull off the win. How much we win by, I don't particularly care, but the Mountaineers will pull it out.

        So what's the spin if we do win? Are you and the other 90% of Mountaineer Nation who have already written our boys off going to jump on the band waggon and say I knew we could do it all along? When we're bad, I have no problem admitting it but that's not the case this year. The pieces are in place, we just have to exicute.

  • appikid

    Hey everybody let's have us some football!

  • DimonDave

    Dimon Dave heer agin. Ningee chop da hol dern piks panl !!!!

    Wes Gwo Mounteers !!!!!!!!!!!

  • winnston

    If I sucked my living out of these young men I would not pick them to lose but they may get paid for there picks the talking heads that is next weeks interviews would be short if I was one of the players or a coach.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    These guys know about as much about football as Barack O'bama.
    "Were coming for yooouu! Barack O'Bama!"

  • Dave

    The Voice of West Virginia. Look at the picture of these clowns. Everyone picks a blowout but Hunter. Why don't you have your Marshall clown hats on. To these guys this is just a little childish game they play to see who's picks are the best at the end of the year. Where is your pride for the State of West Virginia? Where is your support for the Old Gold and Blue?

    • notorious

      They're sportswriters, not cheerleaders.

    • smackdabwv

      Lets see where is my pride in the old gold and blue? Maybe I was distracted by our million dollar coaches wearing black and white!?? I hope I see that old gold and blue on the sidelines tomorrow! Regardless I am saying Let's GOOO Mountaineers!

  • JTL

    There is a different vibe among the players and coaches this year. I agree with DWM but also think we could very easily pull this one out. Key will be our D-line not getting worn down by Alabama's offense.

    If our offense can move the ball allowing our defense much needed rest on the sidelines this could be a special game.

    • JTL

      Another key will be surprising Alabama with our offense most notably the QB and receivers. If they are as improved as has been said then Bama has no real game footage of us with our current team. I hope Kevin White emerges as well as a playmaker as has been talked about. I don't think any coach in the nation has a doubt about our run game potential.

      • WSC

        Tempo! We have got to play our game with success! Tempo and scores! Good special teams play is a must! And get the heat on their QB! And turnovers, we have to force turnovers!

  • Country Roads

    WVU 47 Alabama 42.......WVU 7 and 5.....WVU will bet Alabama, Townsend, Maryland, Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas, Iowa St....Could be better.....This is what I would bet on 7 and 5 for sure....With 7 wins I will see you all at a bowl game....

  • Sam

    I'm somewhat amazed every single panelist picked us t beat the spread, the past does not dictate the future, but we have been bad against the spread , especially away from home, under Holgorsen

  • Sam

    Bama 41-9

  • leroy j gibbs

    WVU 38 BAMA 35 MARK MY WORDS!