West Virginia (0-1, 0-0) will take on Kansas (1-0, 0-0) this Saturday as the Jayhawks come to Morgantown for the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams. EerSports has taken this opportunity to look around the industry for the experts’ thoughts on the game and who might win. Here’s what we found.
Starting with the computers, ESPN’s Football Power Index gives the Mountaineers an 82.8% chance of winning the game. Bill Connelly’s SP+ gives the Mountaineers just a 76% chance of winning the game, predicting the final score to be 34-22. ProFootballFocus’ Greenline likes West Virginia more than any of the other computers, giving WVU an 83.5% chance of winning.
On the human front, BleacherReport’s Morgan Moriarty gives the Mountaineers a tremendous advantage, picking WVU to win, 40-17.
And…. that’s it. We saw this at time last year, but experts around the industry tend to stick to Top 25 games and marquee Power Five matchups. This, apparently, does not count.