West Virginia Looks to Rebound After Heavy Loss, Hosts Cincinnati in Final Home Game

The Cincinnati Bearcats (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) will face off against the West Virginia Mountaineers (6-4, 4-3) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. EST. West Virginia is favored by 6 1/2 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

This game is significant as it marks the first meeting between the former Big East rivals since 2011. West Virginia joined the Big 12 in 2012, while Cincinnati spent 10 years in the American Athletic Conference starting in 2013. A win for West Virginia would give them the most victories in a season under fifth-year coach Neal Brown. Cincinnati, on the other hand, broke a seven-game losing streak last week and is looking to avoid a last-place finish in the Big 12.

One key matchup to watch is West Virginia QB Garrett Greene against Cincinnati’s defense. Greene struggled in a loss to No. 14 Oklahoma last week, and Cincinnati will look to capitalize on this. However, West Virginia’s leading rusher will likely be out due to injury, leading to more opportunities for freshman RB Jahiem White.

West Virginia is looking to secure its fifth home win for the first time since 2020, while Cincinnati is aiming to avoid its worst record since 2017. Additionally, this game holds special significance for West Virginia as Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen’s name will be added to a short list of players whose numbers have been retired and displayed along the stadium’s north end zone.

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