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article imageWVU Football: Game-By-Game breakdown of the 2011 schedule

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By Chris Humphrey
Feb 14, 2011 in Sports
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As the 2010 season started with promise, the end of the season was filled with disappointment and what could have been for the Mountaineers as they stumbled to a 9-4 record.
As the 2010 season started with promise, the end of the season was filled with disappointment and what could have been for the Mountaineers as they stumbled to a 9-4 record.
Under the supervision of new AD Oliver Luck, Dana Holgorsen will take over the offensive coordinator job after assembling the top offense in the FBS last season for Oklahoma State followed by taking the head coaching job from Bill Stewart in 2012.
On the personnel side, West Virginia loses play makers on both sides of the ball for the 2011 season as Noel Devine and Jock Sanders leave from the offense in addition to JT Thomas and Chris Neild from the top ranked defense of last year.
The Big East looks to be there for the taking this season for the Mountaineers so the Stewart era can end with a bang as the Holgorsen era begins for the Gold and Blue.
With that said, let’s check out the 2011 slate of games for the Mountaineers.
This article and others like it can be found at Sports Haze.com.
Marshall Thundering Herd
When: September 3rd, 2011
Where: Mountaineer Field – Morgantown, WV
2010 Season for the Thundering Herd: 5-7
Series Record: 9-0 WVU
Last Meeting: 2010 – WVU 24, Marshall 21 OT
Analysis:
With the classic game last year in Huntington, the Mountaineers and Herd are closer than most people thought talent wise in many years. As Marshall Coach Doc Holliday continues bringing in new recruits from the Sunshine state, WVU might have just as much trouble as they did last September.
Norfolk State Spartans
When: September 10th, 2011
Where: Mountaineer Field – Morgantown, WV
2010 Season for the Panthers: 6-5
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Meeting: N/A
Analysis:
For the Mountaineers, the game with the Panthers will be nothing more than a chance to work the bugs out of the new offense for WVU and a pretty good paycheck from the beatdown for Norfolk State.
Plain and simple.
LSU Tigers
When: September 24th, 2011
Where: Mountaineer Field – Morgantown, WV
2010 Season for the Tigers: 11-2
Series Record: 1-0 LSU
Last Meeting: 2010 – LSU 20, WVU 14
Analysis:
When you look at the 2011 schedule, this game will be the biggest game of the year and one of the biggest games ever to take place at Mountaineer field as LSU should be a Top 10 if not a Top 5 team when the ball is kicked off in Morgantown.
Dana Holgorsen will need to be sure the new offense is firing on all cylinders as Les Miles will have his LSU defense loaded with playmakers as it does year in, year out in Baton Rouge.
Bowling Green Falcons
When: October 1, 2011
Where: Mountaineer Field – Morgantown, WV
2010 Season for the Falcons: 2-10
Series Record: 2-0 WVU
Last Meeting: 1991 – WVU 24. BG 17
Analysis:
Just like the Norfolk State game in September, the game with Bowling Green will be another opportunity to work out some more of the kinks of the offense while still playing full speed in attempt to avoid the trap game a week after the LSU game.
Maryland Terrapins
When: TBA
Where: Byrd Stadium – College Park, MD
2010 Season for the Terrapins: 9-4
Series Record: 24-21-2 WVU
Last Meeting: 2010 – WVU 31, Maryland 17
Analysis:
As former UConn coach Randy Edsall takes over for Ralph Friedgen, the Mountaineers will look to capitalize on the transition year by the Terrapins as WVU will look to outscore Maryland as they did last year in Morgantown.
Connecticut Huskies
When: TBA
Where: Mountaineer Field – Morgantown, WV
2010 Season for the Huskies: 8-5
Series Record: 6-1 WVU
Last Meeting: 2010 – UConn 16, WVU 13 OT
Analysis:
With the program in a bit of flux in Storrs, Connecticut may be an easy conference win for WVU as the Huskies lost several key players to their Fiesta Bowl run last season, including bruising running back Jordan Todman.
Louisville Cardinals:
When: TBA
Where: Mountaineer Field – Morgantown, WV
2010 Season for the Cardinals: 7-6
Series Record: 10-2 WVU
Last Meeting: 2010 – WVU 17, Louisville 10
Analysis:
West Virginia might have a bigger test than what people believe as Charlie Strong has obtained the best recruiting class of the Big East this offseason in his quest to rebuild the Louisville program back to the success it had when joining the league in 2005.
Pittsburgh Panthers
When: TBA
Where: Mountaineer Field – Morgantown, WV
2010 Season for the Panthers: 8-5
Series Record: 55-34-3 Pittsburgh
Last Meeting: 2010 – WVU 35, Pittsburgh 10
Analysis:
After an offseason of coaching change and loss of players to the NFL, the Mountaineers will look to knock off the rival Panthers for the third straight year as Pittsburgh looks to earn their first Big East title for new coach Todd Graham, leaving Tulsa after a 10 win season.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
When: TBA
Where: Rutgers Stadium - Piscataway, NJ
2010 Season for the Scarlet Knights: 4-8
Series Record: 32-4-2 WVU
Last Meeting: 2010 – WVU 35, Rutgers 14
Analysis:
It could be very easy just to say WVU is going to win this game since Rutgers haven’t beat WVU since a 17-12 win at home over the Mountaineers in 1994 but with the player turnover from last season, the lack of experience will doom the Scarlet Knights this fall.
South Florida Bulls
When: TBA
Where: Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL
2010 Season for the Bulls: 8-5
Series Record: Tied 3-3
Last Meeting: 2010 – WVU 20, USF 6
Analysis:
After being a thorn in the side of the Mountaineers since joining the league, South Florida could again be that thorn as Skip Holtz will be entering in second season looking to payback their loss in Morgantown last season.
Cincinnati Bearcats
When: TBA
Where: Nippert Stadium – Cincinnati, OH
2010 Season for the Bearcats: 4-8
Series Record: 15-3-1 WVU
Last Meeting: 2010 – WVU 37, Cincinnati 10
Analysis:
After the departure of Brian Kelly to Notre Dame, new coach Butch Jones and his style of spread offense will enter its second year in the Queen City but again with the new Holgorsen offense installed, the Bearcats might be left in the dust this season
Syracuse Orange
When: TBA
Where: Mountaineer Field – Morgantown, WV
2010 Season for the Orange: 8-5
Series Record: 31-27 Syracuse
Last Meeting: 2010 – Syracuse 19, WVU 14
Analysis:
With the Orange rebuilding in leaps and bounds under the direction of Doug Marrone, Syracuse can be a definite threat this game as well as in the conference race to the Mountaineers as West Virginia will travel to upstate New York for a potiental defacto Big East title game.
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