Prognosticators predict opening day wins for Buckhannon-Upshur and West Virginia


BUCKHANNON – Football is back and it’s a glorious day.

At least for me, but I feel bad once again for my competition this year.

We welcome back Kevin Materne and the duo of Sid and Shea Phillips as our guest selectors, otherwise known as my patsies.

If they want to beat me this year, they better get a jump on me in week one, because honestly, this first week is such a crap shoot.

But I have a sixth sense about these type of things. It’s why I never lose this contest.

Buckhannon-Upshur has a huge challenge in front of them tonight but I see good things for our Mighty Bucs.

The Neal Brown era starts Saturday for the Mountaineers against James Madison. I am hoping for the best and expecting the worst.

If you are a loyal fan of the Number One Auto Fearless Football Forecast, we haven’t changed a thing this year.

But just In case you’re new here to the Number One Auto Fearless Football Forecast, here are the ground rules.

Participants need to select the winner of all 15 games listed and predict the total number of points for our tiebreaker game. The person with the best record this week will win a gift certificate to a local restaurant or business.

This week it will be a gift certificate to McDonalds.

In case of a tie, the person closest to the total points scored in the selected game will be our winner. At year’s end, all weekly winners will be eligible for a $50 cash prize.

If a game is incorrectly listed, it will be discarded from the lineup and not played. You can drop your selections off at The Record Delta’s office or email them to [email protected] (Please note the new email address this season).

If you email your selections, please list both the winner and the loser of each contest.

The deadline to get picks in Thursday at 7 p.m.

Best of luck to everyone!

Now let’s get down to business.

Fairmont Senior (0-0) at Buckhannon-Upshur (0-0)

You might as well start with the best right out of the gate and that is what the Bucs are doing as they host the Class AA state champ tonight. The Polar Bears lost a lot of talent from that team, but don’t let that fool you. They have a lot of talent that came back this year as well, including three-star prospect and WVU signee offensive and defensive lineman Zach Frazier. My biggest concern with this game is how the Buckhannon-Upshur line will hold up against a bigger and more experienced line. That said, I have a good feeling about this game. I smell an upset brewing at the Freal tonight.

Duane: Buckhannon-Upshur: 21-17; Kevin: Fairmont Senior, 22-21; Shea and Sid: Buckhannon-Upshur: 35-32.

Bridgeport (0-0) at Lewis County (0-0)

Like our Bucs, Lewis County will have a tough opener in their annual meeting with Bridgeport. Last season, Lewis struggled early against some better competition before turning it on and earning a play-off spot. I can see the Minutemen grabbing another play-off spot this year but I don’t think they get their first win tonight.

Duane: Bridgeport 35-14; Kevin: Bridgeport, 42-23, Shea and Sid: Bridgeport: 48-35.

Liberty (0-0) at Elkins (0-0)

Elkins lost almost their entire backfield from last season and I don’t know that much yet about Liberty. Let’s just go with our friends in Randolph County on this one.

Duane: Elkins, 21-20; Kevin: Elkins, 25-21; Shea and Sid: Elkins: 21-20.

VMI (0-0) at Marshall (0-0)

Marshall is going to be pretty good this season. VMI isn’t expected to be good. They were picked last in the Southern Conference preseason poll. Marshall rolls in their opener.

Duane: Marshall, 49-3; Kevin: Marshall, 45-7; Shea and Sid: Marshall, 42-10.

James Madison (0-0) at West Virginia (0-0)

My gut tells that there may be an upset an Mountaineer Field. James Madison is a lot better than some low level Division I teams. I hope not because I want Neal Brown to succeed. A loss wouldn’t be the end of the world for the Mountaineers, but it would not be the best way to start off the Neal Brown era. Hoping for the best.

Duane: WVU, 24-13; Kevin: WVU, 31-17; Shea and Sid: WVU 38-21.

BEST OF THE REST

Duane

University 34, John Marshall 17

Preston 29, Hampshire 13

Grafton 24, Philip Barbour 16

Lincoln 31, Braxton County 21

NC State 38, East Carolina 10

Auburn 29, Oregon 21

Oklahoma 45, Houston 17

Ole Miss 26, Memphis 14

South Carolina 17, North Carolina 10

Wisconsin 35, South Florida 20

Kevin

University 33, John Marshall 21

Hampshire 15, Preston 8

Grafton 30, Philip Barbour 20

Lincoln 19, Braxton County 16

East Carolina 21, NC State 17

Auburn 35, Oregon 21

Oklahoma 48, Houston 21

Memphis 14, Ole Miss 7

South Carolina 22, North Carolina 17

South Florida 31, Wisconsin 30

Shea and Sid

John Marshall 35, University 28

Preston 20, Hampshire 14

Philip Barbour 35, Grafton 34

Braxton County 14, Lincoln 7

NC State 38, East Carolina 21

Auburn 42, Oregon 31

Oklahoma 56, Houston 17

Memphis 21, Ole Miss 20

South Carolina 35, North Carolina 14

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