Wednesday, September 20, 2017

West Virginia at Connecticut

West Virginia could have trouble running the ball but has the advantage at quarterback in its Week 9 matchup with Connecticut.

West Virginia offense vs. Connecticut defense
• Mountaineers QB Geno Smith had his worst performance of the season last week against Syracuse, struggling to handle zone blitzes and delayed blitzes and making uncharacteristically poor decisions that led to three interceptions. He can't take all the blame, though, because the offensive line played a big part in his struggles. A lack of communication up front led to five sacks and that has to be cleaned up because Connecticut defensive coordinator Todd Orlando will likely copy the Syracuse blueprint for attacking West Virginia's offense. How well Smith and his linemen communicate, identify assignments and execute against pressure will have a lot to do with the success or failure of the Mountaineers' offense.