Playing-surface could play role in West Virginia’s win-loss record

West Virginia returns home on Saturday for a matchup against No. 24 Texas Tech. That’s a good thing for the Mountaineers — for more than the obvious reasons.

In a strange but true trend this season, West Virginia is a perfect 3-0 this season when playing on an artificial turf field.

And the Mountaineers two losses? Both on real turf fields — first against Virginia Tech at FedEx Field before falling to TCU at Amon G. Carter Stadium one week ago.

For West Virginia’s sake, it’s a good thing that its home venue — Milan Puskar Stadium — has an artificial turf field. That is, if the pattern of wins or losses truly has any meaning to it.

And the even better news? West Virginia will be playing on artificial turf in all but one more game in the regular season. Oklahoma, who the Mountaineers will pay a visit to on Nov. 25, is the only other team in the Big 12 besides TCU that has a grass field.

So, what could explain the weird x-factor for the Mountaineers through five games? There is one possible explanation, and that is speed.

It’s no secret that players can move faster, as a whole, on artificial turf. With the explosive numbers that West Virginia is putting up on offense this season, it doesn’t exactly come as a surprise that the Mountaineers are faring better on man-made playing surfaces.

The pattern could mean that West Virginia is on pace for a promising 9-3 regular season — if it holds. Regardless, Mountaineers fans can hold onto some hope against the Red Raiders from the numbers game alone.

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