Staff Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers

Oct 29, 2022; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Reese Smith (15) celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Williams, Publisher – Iowa State 28, West Virginia 17

Feels like this is the week that Iowa State snaps out of the zero column. What gives me hope? We saw a competent offense against Texas. I have no idea what last week was. This is truly a must-win if a bowl game is in play. It’s against a bad road team that is on the verge of firing its coach. Give me the good guys to win and cover.

Jared Stansbury, Managing Editor – Iowa State 20, West Virginia 14

Iowa State’s offense has to figure out a way to run the football. Luckily, West Virginia doesn’t seem to be the same time the second they leave the immediate Morgantown area. This feels like an opportunity for Iowa State to figure some things out. I’ve been wrong a lot this year, though. We shall see.

Connor Ferguson, Staff Writer – Iowa State 15, West Virginia 9

West Virginia’s starting running back is out this weekend, and Iowa State is favored by six points. I think I will be on the push. The Cyclones’ offense will take a step forward, but it won’t be anything to change the tide of the season drastically. Iowa State gets the win behind a defense that’s been pitching complete games every start. Still, it will be a nice to see a win.

Jeff Woody, Football Analyst – Iowa State 19, West Virginia 16

I think I’ve picked ISU in every game but Texas this year. Which means I’ve been wrong a lot. So, in the spirit of doubling down, at SOME POINT, the running game is going to look competent. It has to. Between Norton and Brock, they’re going to figure SOMETHING out. The defense does enough and the offense looks better in a wet, gross, slobber knocker of a game.

Jay Jordan, Football Analyst – Iowa State 15, West Virginia 14

WVU has some injury issues that may limit their offense. The defense is improving. I am looking at a slugfest of a game with special teams and turnovers playing a big part. Not ISU’s specialty. ISU D is not the issue, not sure the O is going to find it this year, but, maybe a close brutal win gets us looking forward.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.