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10 Things That Will Go Down Tomorrow: East Carolina

Aaaaaargh.

Tougher than the Pittsburgh Pirates.

We were about 40% accurate in last weeks “10 Things” column, so you know what that means…. you should believe everything I say. This week we go on the road to Greenville, NC to the least cream-puff of the cream-puff portion of our schedule. After smacking the Hokies last week, much to the delight of Mountaineers everywhere, ECU has been a really chic subject for the ESPN talk-arazzi. The point that they tried to make was, if the Pirates can upset us, then they’ve made a successful run through their non-conference slate and could be this years Boise St. or Hawaii. Sorry Mark May, that’s a bit of the reach. Here’s 10 things I think will go down tomorrow:

  1. Dirty uniforms. Thank Hanna for all the mud.
  2. The run game gets churning. Though we used to be able to bank on 300yds/game, I’ll be happy if we crack 200.
  3. Pat White’s aerial assault continues…
  4. …and the legend of Alric Arnett begins to grow. He hauls in two more.
  5. Lou Holtz tries to slather some compliments on his kid, and comes off sounding like a sad old man in the nursing home.
  6. Jock Sanders makes a splash on special teams.
  7. The D continues to give up more yards than makes me comfortable, but continues to bend but not break.
  8. Morty Ivy takes somebodies helmet off.
  9. Mountaineer faithful dominate the stands.
  10. East Carolina is reminded that you can’t win wearing purple.

We’ll be back Sunday night to see how we did. At the end of the day, I think Mountie fans will feel silly for having built ECU up in their heads all week:

WVU:35 ECU: 10

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Let’s talk about the weather

Looks like the Mountaineer blog-o-sphere is up in arms about what the weather is going to be like in Greenville this weekend. West By God Virginia posted this picture:

Looks like the same play we call for #5

Looks like the same play we call for #5

Michael Casazza also reports that both coaches are paying attention to the possibility of playing this weekend’s contest in a deluge:

Stewart said he forced the Mountaineers to practice outside in the rain one day last week rather than head inside the Caperton Indoor Facility.

“They thought I was crazy,” he said. “I knew we’d have a rain game. I didn’t know it’d be a big, big rain game.”

The Pirates do not have an indoor facility and Holtz said the final two weeks of practice before the season opener were dotted with rainy days.

“It’s very difficult to simulate playing in the rain until you actually go out and do it,” Holtz said. “If you just get the ball wet, it doesn’t get your arms and hands and pants wet. The best way to train for the rain is to practice in it and we’re fortunate to have had some opportunities.”

Holtz said he might turn the sprinklers on “all week so there’s about 27 inches of rain on the field whether we get anything Saturday or not so we can try to slow the West Virginia offense.”

He’ll also throw buckets of water on the ball right before the snap in practice just so everyone gets used to handling a wet ball. The Mountaineers have similar ideas in place.

That said, Stewart told everyone to come to the game without umbrellas.

“You won’t need them,” he said. “That thing’s going to kick east and blow out into the ocean.”

Holtz disagreed and encouraged fans to pack umbrellas.

“Even if it doesn’t rain,” he said, “the sprinklers will be on.”

This one should be entertaining. I love watching football in the rain. Playing in all weather is one of those things that sets football apart from most other sports. Here’s hoping we mud our way through it. I’m rooting for us to run the ball a little more than we did against Villanova, and this will set up a situation where we’ll almost be forced to.

Enjoy the first game of the NFL’s season tonight, and I’ll see you tomorrow with my East Carolina preview.

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