WVU-Colorado Football: The Only Thing to Watch For

Frank AhrensSenior Writer ISeptember 17, 2008

There is only one thing to watch for as WVU travels to Boulder tonight to take on the Big 12 Colorado Buffaloes, and it's not the effects of altitude, whether anyone gets run over by Ralphie the Buffalo, or whether Colorado coach Dan Hawkins goes on another "this is Division One football!" rant.

No, the one thing to watch for is the play of WVU's offensive and defensive lines. That will determine whether WVU wins or loses.

Line play decides nearly every game, but, for WVU, this game will be a test. A strength on both sides of the ball last season, in both games this season the defensive line has been unable to mount a pass rush, and the offensive line looked confused against East Carolina.

WVU is a three-point favorite. Home teams get an automatic three points merely for being at home, so that means the oddsmakers believe WVU is nearly a touchdown better.

At quarterback, running back and possibly at receiver, that's true. And WVU probably has the edge in skill speed. But WVU must control the line of scrimmage on both sides to win.