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WVU Football is Very Good at Home, But Mountaineers Remain Winless on the Road

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With limited or no spectators allowed in stadiums this college football season, one might reasonably expect whatever home-field advantage that exists to be greatly diminished. For West Virginia (5-4, 4-4 Big 12), however, the team’s home-road splits have widened in this pandemic-shortened season.

The Mountaineers are undefeated at home this season, 5-0, but they are also winless on the road, 0-4. That enough would be cause for concern, but looking at the team’s stats reveals even more trouble.

When playing at home, the Mountaineers are one of the best teams in the Big 12 this season. In four conference games at Milan Puskar Stadium, WVU is averaging 31.5 points per game, 441.5 yards of offense and 181 rushing yards. Their already-good defense is even better, averaging just 13.5 points allowed, 233.25 total yards and 66 rushing yards.

Those numbers would have WVU as the fourth-best offense in the Big 12 in terms of points and yards and the top defense in all categories.

When the team has to travel, however, the Mountaineers turn into one of the worst teams in the conference. The offense regresses to 14,75 points per game, 364.75 yards and 64 rushing yards. The defense allows 30 points per game, 384 yards and 199.25 rushing yards.

These numbers would have the Mountaineers as the worst offense in the conference and the second or third-worst defense.

 HomeBig 12 RankAwayBig 12 Rank
Points Per Game31.5414.7510 (last)
Yards Per Game441.54364.758
Rushing Yards Per Game18156410 (last)
Points Allowed Per Game13.51308
Yards Allowed Per Game233.2513846
Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game661199.259

WVU did not have these issues on the road in Neal Brown’s first season in 2019. The team actually won more games on the road (three) than in Morgantown (two). It should be noted that West Virginia does travel more than any other team in the Big 12 and WVU’s men’s basketball team had similar road issues last season.

West Virginia’s regular-season finale will be at home on Dec. 12, a rescheduled game against the Oklahoma Sooners.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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