24-hour rule: Next up, West Virginia

Brett Friedlander

Most coaches have a 24-hour rule that allows their players to celebrate wins (or sulk over losses) for a day following their most recent game. After those 24 hours are up, it's time to move on and start preparing for the next game.

In keeping with that philosophy, it's time to put State's 41-0 whitewash of Western Carolina into the history books and begin looking ahead to the next challenge.

Opponent: West Virginia (1-1)

When: Saturday, Sept. 14, Noon

Where: Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WVa.

Series record: Tied 5-5 (1-1 in Morgantown)

Last meeting: State 23, West Virginia 7 at Russell Athletic Bowl, Dec. 28, 2010

Opponent's last game: Lost 38-7 at Missouri

Top players: Junior Austin Kendall 42-67-1 397 yards 3 TD

                      R-Freshman Sam James, 11 catches, 67 yards

                      Junior Tevin Bush, 6 catches, 95 yards, 1 TD

                       R-Senior George Campbell 3 catches, 87 yards, 2 TD

                      Soph. Alec Sinkfield 10 carries, 30 yards

                       Soph. LB Josh Chandler, 21 tackles

                       Junior Darius Stills 9 tackles, 3 sacks

Of note: Last year's game, scheduled to be played in Raleigh, was cancelled because of Hurricane Florence

BetOnline odds: State minus-7