West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Iowa State Cyclones: Complete Game Preview

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West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Iowa State Cyclones: Complete Game Preview
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The day after Thanksgiving, one team taking the field in Ames, Iowa will still be starving.

West Virginia began the season 5-0 with national title aspirations, but has lost its last five games, leaving it ravenous for the taste of victory. 

Iowa State, meanwhile, finally attained bowl eligibility with a win over Kansas last week, and will host WVU for its senior day season finale.

The game will be the first ever meeting between the new Big 12 Conference rivals, but ISU head coach Paul Rhoads is certainly familiar with the program in Morgantown.

The ISU head man coached at Pitt—West Virginia's hated rival—for eight years, finishing 4-4 against WVU during his tenure with the Panthers.

The Cyclones will look to improve their coach's record against the Mountaineers without starting linebacker Jake Knott, who was lost for the season with a shoulder injury in October.

Can ISU stop the vaunted WVU offense without its leader in the middle? Can West Virginia finally end its losing streak to become bowl eligible?

Let's find out:

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