Holgorsen's Take: Big 12 Teleconference

Keenan Cummings, Managing Editor
WV Sports

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No. 23 West Virginia is back in both major polls but in order to stay there the Mountaineers are going to have to accomplish something they haven't done in almost three years -beat a ranked team.

The Mountaineers will hit the road to take on No. 10 TCU with the program looking to get its first win against a ranked team since beating Baylor in October of 2014. Since then the program has gone 0-8 in those opportunities.

West Virginia will receive a boost though as head coach Dana Holgorsen said that each of the injured players are day-to-day but they will "probably be as healthy," as they have been in recent weeks as players are expected back. While he wouldn't say specifically, redshirt sophomore linebacker David Long and redshirt junior safety Toyous Avery could provide a signifcant boost for the defense if healthy.

The Horned Frogs feature a balanced offense that can both run and throw the football, while also boasting the nation's 29th best defense.

"That's why they're a top ten team," Holgorsen said.

Kenny Hill returns as the quarterback for TCU and has been taking care of the ball and playing well on third down with nine touchdowns and only three interceptions. Hill threw 13 interceptions last season, including one against the Mountaineers.

"He's extremely efficient and playing at a high level," Holgorsen said.

The series between the two teams is tied 3-3 overall and the Horned Frogs hold a 3-2 edge since the two teams joined the Big 12 Conference in 2012. This will be the first meeting between the two teams when they are ranked since 2014, a 31-30 TCU win which coincidentally was also the selection of the ESPN College Game Day.

The game will be televised at 3:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.

The Big 12 Conference also announced that West Virginia's home game Oct. 14 against Texas Tech will be a noon kickoff and the game will be televised by ESPNU.

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