West Virginia and Virginia Tech go head-to-head for the Black Diamond Trophy this weekend. Is there an upset brewing in Morgantown?
One of the oldest rivalries on college football, the West Virginia Mountaineers and Virginia Tech Hokies are not strangers. With 52 matchups dating back to 1912, the Mountaineers lead the all-time series 28-23-1. Their 2017 matchup was a treat for fans, with Virginia Tech winning 31-24.
The Hokies have been a present surprise to start this season, upsetting North Carolina to start the season and then rolling over Middle Tennessee. Sitting at 19th in ESPN’s FPI ranking, the Hokies have a strong chance of going undefeated until playing Notre Dame on Oct. 9. If the Hokies can score a win over the Mountaineers, they only improve their chances of winning the ACC Coastal division.
Nothing about the Hokies is flashy, but their efficiency and scheme make them a successful college team.
Coming in as the underdog, the Mountaineers are looking to improve on their 1-1 start to 2021. West Virginia sits at 42nd in ESPN’s FPI rankings, and a win could push them into the AP Top 25 conversation.
Losing to Maryland was an example of West Virginia beating themselves, and followed that with a dominant win over Long Island University. This game serves as a test of West Virginia’s scheme and patience against a more talented team.