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Would MU be favored over WVU?

July 30, 2013

For each of the past seven football seasons—six times in September, once in October —West Virginia University and Marshall University have met each other in the Friends of Coal Bow....

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slingblade

Jul-30-13 11:33 AM

Yes, MU would be favored over WVU this year. Especially if the game were in Huntington. It is no secret MU has been moved from floundering to rebuilding the past couple years, but Doc has been bringing in talent and the O has turned the corner last year and they get everybody back. WVU has lost almost their entire O from last year (which, ironically, the playmakers were docs recruits) and both Defenses have yet to prove they can play D1 football. I may be wrong, but is seems these are two programs moving in opposite directions and right now they are both crossing the paths at mediocrity heading in different directions. Time will tell.

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slingblade

Aug-01-13 9:56 AM

"Do you really think Marshall is all of the sudden 40 points better?" It isnt a question of MU being 40 pts better, it is a question of are the 2 teams 40 points apart, WVU lost all of their playmakers from last year and MU is pretty much the same team with all the underclassmen a year older. It would be a good game, especially if played early (first game), Cato would pick apart the D...but as a whole WVU is more athletic, but they will be starting this season with a QB and WR's with zero experience in holgs O. They arent playing, so who really cares anyway.

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slingblade

Aug-01-13 9:59 AM

fyi, no offense, but using your score logic, WVU lost to TT and KSU last year by 35 and 41 points respectively, do you think WVU is 35 and 41 points better this year after the attrition on the offensive side of the ball? Actually, do you think WVU is better this year than last year overall? Does that mean they will lose to every team they lost to last year? (maybe/maybe not, this is a new year and that is why they play the game)

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slingblade

Aug-01-13 10:02 AM

MU with a cupcake schedule should win 9 games this year (if they can be a down VT team this year and get 9 or 10 wins, I would consider that moving forward). WVU will struggle to get to .500 in their conference for the foreseeable future, but hey, they will still make the profit sharing $ just being in the conferenece, and I have to imagine, to the brass at the school, the dollar is really the bottom line.

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slingblade

Aug-01-13 1:22 PM

It takes time to absorb and execuse Holgorsen's offense...I see a QB being injected into the system given the task to think, read, and react to a D in a completely different way as a tall task with the short amount of time he has to get reps. Basically, WVU will be filling the same niche in the Big XII as Villanova does in the SEC (from a football standpoint only)

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jarhead99

Aug-02-13 3:00 AM

Marshall fans crack me up with this stuff. The best that ever happened was when they ceased the Joe Manchin Coal Bowl. It was a lose lose for WVU. We werexpected to win and win big and if they did lose it would have been catastophic to there season. not to mention it did not help them at all in the polls.

I always have and always will root for Marshall to win as long as they arent plaing WVU but some Marshall fan need to tone it down a notch or two.

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JustSayIt

Aug-04-13 11:55 AM

Arm chair football at its finest. Do you really think these two teams are in the same league? Comparing the two is stupid.

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slingblade

Aug-05-13 10:49 AM

I thought the coal bowl was a fun game from a fans prospective, however, i really do not lose any sleep if it is played or not. That being said, the comment about it being a lose/lose for wvu doesn't seem to hold water as long as teams like William and Mary are on the schedule. I would think wvu would benefit more packing the stadium for a MU game and beating a team with an offense that is getting some national credibility, than beating Georgia State. Oh well...not the end of the world.

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