Three Guys Before The Game

Three Guys Before The Game

Three Guys Before The Game is the most listened to podcast covering West Virginia University football and basketball. Tony Caridi, Brad Howe and Hoppy Kercheval talk all things Mountaineers.


November 23, 2022 59 min
The Mountaineer football team closes its regular season schedule Saturday at Oklahoma State. It may be the last game, but there are still more questions than answers for the Mountaineers.

Just how will WVU play against the Cowboys? It's anybody's guess.

Garrett Greene will make his second consecutive start against an Cowboys team that has stumbled mightily after starting the season 5-0.

The Oklahoma State struggles began ...
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The Mountaineer football team knew it could not make significant mistakes and beat Kansas State.

It did make those mistakes and lost the game.

That leaves WVU (4-7) with one game remaining in a very disappointing season.

In this episode, the "Guys" breakdown the Mountaineers and Wildcats while sending some love to the undefeated WVU men's basketball team.

Listener comments and a botched pizza offering complete the episo...
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The Mountaineer football team has played its best at home this season.

On Saturday they're hoping their final home game will produce an elite victory.

WVU hosts a Kansas State team that's currently positioned for a spot in the Big 12 Championship game.

The visiting Wildcats (7-3, 5-2) pounded Baylor 31-3 in Waco last Saturday, while WVU (4-6, 2-5) walked-off with a game-winning field goal against Oklahoma.

In this episode, ...
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In a surprise move, West Virginia University has removed athletic director Shane Lyons from his position.

In this episode, the "Guys" discuss the announcement and what it means for the future of WVU sports.

The crew also looks back on a memorable Mountaineer weekend with victories over Pitt, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech.

Join the crew on Thursday for their preview of Saturday's game against Kansas State.
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Just how much can home field advantage help a struggling football team?

That's the question facing the Mountaineers as they prepare for Saturday's date with Oklahoma.

Since defeating the Sooners in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl, WVU has lost nine straight to the visitors from Norman. Coach Neal Brown still hasn't coached against Oklahoma in Morgantown. The 2020 game scheduled for Morgantown was cancelled due to Covid.

In this ...
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With three games remaining, there are more questions than answers surrounding the WVU football team.

Saturday's loss at Iowa State continued a trend of poor play away from home.

In this episode, the "Guys" breakdown Saturday's performance and answer a number of questions on the minds of Mountaineer fans.

Join them on Thursday for their preview of Saturday's game against Oklahoma and Friday's basketball game ...
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Two teams badly in need of a victory meet Saturday afternoon in Ames, Iowa.

The outcome, between West Virginia and Iowa State, will likely determine how the two teams play out the final month of the season.

Both the Mountaineers and Cyclones have come close in Big 12 play, but ultimately haven't been able to make winning plays at crucial moments.

In this episode, the "Guys" explain why the running game is the single bigg...
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Great effort does not guarantee a winning result. The Mountaineer football team learned that painful lesson in Saturday's 41-31 loss to No. 7 TCU.

West Virginia's inability to advance the ball trailing by three points with less than four minutes to play ended any hope of a signature win.

Now what? That's the difficult question facing a WVU team that travels to Iowa State this Saturday. The Mountaineers have been outsc...
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There's something that doesn't add up when it comes to West Virginia's football game with No. 7 TCU on Saturday.

Despite playing its worst game of the season at Texas Tech last week, oddsmakers say WVU is just a 7-point underdog against an undefeated Horned Frogs team that leads the Big 12 in scoring.


Perhaps it's because WVU has won four straight over TCU or it's the first time the Frogs have had to fly t...
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West Virginia's trip to Texas Tech was a nightmare.

The Red Raiders dominated the Mountaineers to record the largest margin of victory in the series history.

Now what?

In this episode, the "Guys" analyze Saturday's performance and answer listener questions.

The crew returns Thursday with their preview of this week's matchup with No. 7 TCU.
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Basketball on grass may be the best way to describe how Texas Tech likes to play football.

The Red Raiders average nearly 90 snaps per game in a furious-paced attack designed to fatigue and confuse opposing defenses.

In this episode, the "Guys" analyze the matchup and present the keys West Virginia must accomplish to earn a victory in Lubbock.

Listener questions and texts complete the show. The crew returns with their reca...
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What's the biggest takeaway from West Virginia's victory over the Baylor Bears?

Was it the ability to run the ball against a stingy Baylor defense? Was it the continued emergence of receiver Kayden Prather or the no-quit attitude displayed by the Mountaineers?

Whatever the answer, coach Neal Brown's team has now won three of its last four games.

In this episode, the "Guys" present their post-game breakdown and b...
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The Mountaineer football team is hoping Thursday night lights will lead to a victory.

WVU hosts Baylor in a key Big 12 matchup that will give a strong indication which way the Mountaineer season is headed.

West Virginia has never lost to Baylor in Morgantown, but were manhandled by the Bears last season in Waco.

The defending conference champions are still one of the Big 12's stingiest teams on defense and use a power running a...
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Mind numbing is the best way to describe the roster-churn among Big 12 basketball teams heading into this season.

A staggering 69 players have left their teams. Kansas State leads the departure list with 14, followed by Texas Tech with 11 and West Virginia with 10.

In this episode, the "Guys" analyze the transfer portal impact throughout the Big 12. How will teams adjust to the massive personnel changes?

Listener questions...
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There is plenty to fix for West Virginia's football team as it begins its only bye week of the season.

The Mountaineers lacked both efficiency and consistency in Saturday's 38-20 loss to Texas.

Now the big question.

Can they find it before meeting defending Big 12 champion Baylor next Thursday night in Morgantown?

In this episode, the "Guys" breakdown Saturday's setback and address listener questions.

Join Brad, ...
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How much has the West Virginia football team improved in the last month? We're about to find out.

WVU began the season on the road as a double-digit underdog and lost a heartbreaker in Pittsburgh.

This Saturday, the Mountaineers will be in Austin, Texas for a Big 12 showdown against the Longhorns.

Both teams are 2-2 overall and the loser will fall to 0-2 in conference play. Yes, there's a lot at stake.

In this episode, t...
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Is there a bad team in the Big 12 football conference?

If so, name it?

Last weekend's results include a Texas Tech win over Texas and a Kansas State victory at Oklahoma. Throw in West Virginia's win in Blacksburg and Kansas staying undefeated with a win over previously unbeaten Duke.

You get the picture, nothing is guaranteed as the month of October begins.

In this episode, Brad, Hoppy and Tony review the weekend and begin to...
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The pendulum of emotion within Mountaineer Nation has swung to optimism.

That's what a record-setting performance will do against a long-time rival on their home field.

West Virginia's 33-10 victory over Virginia Tech produced more than ownership of the Black Diamond Trophy. It could be the much-needed victory the Mountaineers needed to propel them into the month of October and the 8 Big 12 Conference games that remain.

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It's trophy time for West Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The two teams will collide Thursday night in Blacksburg. The winner claims the Black Diamond Trophy, which has resided in Morgantown since last season's 27-21 victory by the Mountaineers.

In this episode, the "Guys" offer final thoughts on Saturday's 65-7 romp over Towson and preview the matchup with the Hokies (2-1).

Listener questions and comments complete...
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The Mountaineer football team needs a win. (Really, really needs a win)

They'll get their chance Saturday afternoon when Towson (2-0) visits Milan Puskar Stadium.

In this episode, Brad, Hoppy and Tony cover a number of topics ranging from personnel changes to the qualities of winning teams.

The "Guys" also address listener questions and comments.

Join them on Monday for their recap of Saturday's game with the Tigers.
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