West Virginia vs. Iowa State: Geno Smith Set to Feast on Weak Cyclones Secondary

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2012

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 03:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the TCU Horned Frogs during the game on November 3, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Win or lose, West Virginia senior quarterback Geno Smith is going on the rampage against Iowa State.

Smith is 10th in the nation in passing yards and tied for second in touchdowns.

Smith has gone over 300 passing yards in half of the Mountaineers games. And who can forget his 656-yard, eight-touchdown performance against Baylor back in September?

It was after that game, though, that West Virginia's fortunes took a massive turn for the worse. They went 1-5 in the following six games, making their record an even 5-5 as they travel to Ames to take on Iowa State.

It's an intriguing matchup on paper as the Cyclones come in with a 6-5 record. They have a 3-5 conference record, almost identical to the Mountaineers (2-5).

One massive deficiency, though, could be their downfall this week: pass defense. Iowa State has given up over 280 yards a game through the air, good for 110th in the nation.

Despite their late-season swoon, nobody has ever pointed the finger at the West Virginia offense or Smith. He has done everything he can to try and almost single-handedly win a game. Opposing defense have keyed on him, but he's still been able to get gaudy numbers.

That's why, regardless of the result, this game will be fun to watch.

West Virginia is also looking to finish bowl eligible. They can kiss the postseason goodbye if they lose their last two games. Clearly the Mountaineers aren't going to win with the ground game.

Plus, with the Mountaineers defense, it's unlikely at any point that Iowa State will be out of the game. So Dana Holgorsen is going have to keep airing it out. The Mountaineers aren't going to be in a position where they can afford to eat up the clock.

Smith could very easily put up 400 yards and five touchdowns.

Iowa State and West Virginia won't put up a score for the football purists, but casual fans will enjoy all the points.

And at the forefront of all that scoring will be Smith.