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Radio Host Incredibly High on WVU Football in 2024, Makes Big Prediction



WVU Football QB Garrett Greene with fans

The hype around WVU football in 2024 is legitimate and real, says one college sports radio host who is ready to predict big things for Neal Brown and his team in 2024.

Ari Temkin, a host for the college sports side of Sirius XM, is actually buying in so much that he’s predicting the Mountaineers will win the Big 12.

“The reason I am picking West Virginia to win the Big 12 Conference is because I believe they are as good up front on the line of scrimmage as anybody. They’ve got the best quarterback, arguably, in the conference in Garrett Greene who just scratched the surface of his potential,” said Temkin while appearing on a show with Andy Staples of On3 Sports.

Temkin then continued. “I’m really high on Garrett Greene, I’m really high on their offensive and defensive lines. We’ve heard all the right things out of Morgantown this offseason and I like their schedule too,” he added.

Temkin’s prediction can now be added to those high on West Virginia and counter to those not drinking the gold and blue Kool-Aid.

While Athlon Sports has WVU just outside their preseason top 25 and believes they can even contend for a conference title as well, the win total set by oddsmakers and the ESPN FPI projection tell a completely different story.

National Publication Changes Tune on WVU Football Compared to Last Year

Despite the increased expectations from fans and the surprise success of 2023, the ESPN FPI is projecting WVU to struggle to even reach bowl eligibility. Major sportsbooks also have West Virginia’s over/under win total only set at 6.5 and view the Mountaineers as a heavy underdog in their season opening game to Penn State, granted Athlon likely agrees with the latter since they have the Nittany Lions as their No. 8 best team in the country and a contender for making the College Football Playoff.

Fans may argue the Mountaineers are being disrespected by some while others may feel talk of winning a conference title is premature, but one thing is certain – Brown and the rest of the coaching staff prefer to be the underdog. However, any of the low projections are interesting, taking into account most of the key players are returning and the schedule is arguably similar to last year.

After a 9-4 (6-3) season and a Duke’s Mayo Bowl victory, West Virginia is hungry to start the 2024 season getting revenge on the Nittany Lions. Penn State beat WVU in the 2023 season opener at Beaver Stadium 38-15. Penn State would finish the year at 10-3 (7-2), losing to Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl.

Of course, the success or failure of the 2024 Mountaineers will largely depend on the play of Garrett Greene and if he lives up the hype or stays stagnate.

Is Garrett Greene Being Overlooked Nationally or Are WVU Fans Missing His Flaws?

For a related story, Brown, who was firmly on the hot seat at this time one year ago, has moved way up the national coaching ranks.

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