The Mountaineers are faced with another road trip this coming Saturday, traveling to the stormy town of Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa State Cyclones. Everyone knows that crazy things happen in Ames, and a night game means the Mountaineers will have to go into this game with one motivation: get in, 60 full minutes of football, win, leave.
These Iowa State Cyclones may be 2-3 but they are not a team to take lightly this week, especially with the Mountaineers ranking 6th in the country. The Cyclones are coming off of the heels of upsetting 25th ranked Oklahoma State in Stillwater this past Saturday, and they likely have their eyes set on the Mountaineers.
Going into Saturday, the Mountaineers are undefeated in Ames, and are carrying the weight of their season on their shoulders. One question that will need to be answered by Saturday is who will line up at quarterback for the Cyclones. The Cyclones have run through three quarterbacks this season and Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen is well aware that his team needs to be ready for two of the three quarterbacks come Saturday night.
A victory at home for the Cyclones Saturday would turn their season back into an upswing. If the Cyclones could upset 6th ranked West Virginia, making their record 3-3, that would push their momentum for the remainder of their season. For West Virginia, a loss would have far bigger ramifications.
The Mountaineers will have a bye week following the trip to Ames, helping the team to prepare for that brutal stretch of games some people refer to as November. While there are no pressing issues for the Mountaineers to tackle on the bye week, a week of rest is always a good time to fine tune lots of little things. Quarterback Will Grier threw three interceptions against Kansas this past weekend, something everyone hopes does not happen against Iowa State and the rest of the team’s opponents this season.
Over the course of this week, the Mountaineers have been in the eyes of many in the national media, with many pointing out just how hard a night game in Ames can be for the visiting team. The Mountaineers are in a position to prove many wrong and come away with another conference victory and continue toward the team’s goals set before the season.
Crazy things happen at night in Ames. But crazier things happen when you have a team of strong-willed and determined Mountaineers, and this team is full of those Mountaineers hungry for victory.