Top OOC Games of 2007: #10 WVU at Maryland
#10 - West Virginia at Maryland
This contest will take place on September 13 at 7:30 on ESPN in College Park, Maryland. Last year's game in Morgantown was not much of a game as WVU rolled 45-24. The Terps were never really in the game scoring most of their points in the second half. That was one of four losses that the Terps had all year.
This is by far the toughest OOC game and arguably the toughest road game on the Mountaineers's schedule this season. WVU will be returning their dynamic duo of Slaton and White; and adding blue-chip recruit Noel Devine to the backfield should make them one of the most feared teams to defend for the 2007 season if their offensive line can gel. Upstart WR Wes Lyons will surprise some teams with his size and speed. But the Mountaineers need to find a way to sure up their pass defense. Georgia Tech and to some extent Louisville showed that defending the pass was the weak point for WVU.
Bad news for Maryland is that they will be breaking in a new quarterback this season. Jr Jordan Steffy seemed to be on the verge on winning the job in the spring until a bad spring game hit. Now he finds himself still in competition with Chris Turner and transfer Josh Portis. Whoever is throwing the ball will find a nice receiver in Darrius Heyward-Bey who should be eevn more explosive as a sophomore.
In the end, I believe this game will turn into a track meet and West Virginia has too much firepower for Maryland to keep up with, but never discount the revenge factor. The Terps were embarrassed last year, and do not want that happening to them again, especially on their home turf.
Since there isn't much news, besides arrests, that occur between now and the beginning of August when camps start to open, I have decided to start looking ahead at the 2007 season. In this series I will take a look the Top 10 out of conference games that will shape the 2007 season. With most teams padding their schedule with lower level division 1 teams and division 1-aa teams, it was a little difficult to find some to fill out the list. There is no real criteria, these are just 10 games in which I think could be good match-ups, as a fan I would like to see, and have national title implications.