This weekend’s top-25 matchup between the Mountaineers and Cowboys features two of the top quarterbacks in the Big XII and the country.
Will Grier and Mason Rudolph both rank in the top-10 in multiple passing statistics with Grier leading the country in TD passes with 26 and Rudolph leading in passing yards. Both signal callers are starting to get some Heisman talk as well -granted ESPN thinks Will Grier plays for Florida and is a Freshman.
ESPN currently has Rudloph rated highter on their list of Heisman hopefuls and the guy who leads their team to victory will likely move up on the this list.
Grier has a chance to not only move past Rudolph on the list, but also to get himself to a place that no other Mountaineer has ever gotten and finish higher than 3rd in the Heisman voting.
How can Grier pass up Rudolph?
Several factors will need to come into play. Can Grier extend his streak of 300 yard passing games to 8? Can Grier make it three straight games with 5 TD passes? Can Grier keep up his record pace which would rewrite the WVU record book?
If we revisit both QBs last game, its a completely different story. Grier is coming off a career high in passing while Rudolph is coming off a season low.
Tony Gibson’s defense will have to put the same pressure on Rudolph as they did for most of the Baylor game. The O-line has to keep Grier upright and give him time to hook with his talented group of receivers. The running game needs to get back on track as well.
However, the biggest hurdle for both teams may be Mother Nature. The current forecast shows temps in the 60s with 100% chance of rain.
Rain or shine, the Mountaineers need to secure a marquee win over Oklahoma State in order for Will Grier to move higher up the Heisman board.