#18 West Virginia Mountaineers: College Football 77 in 77


The tallest midget. The most intelligent Kardashian sister. The most interesting reality “star.” The richest man in Joliet. The least fattening funnel cake. These are all synonyms for the best team in the Big East. Yes, it’s a super conference in college basketball; but in college football…well, I’ve already thrown up enough this week.

And in 2011, the most sober frat boy award goes to…..the West Virginia Mountaineers. Hey someone need to snag that BcS bid.

2010 was:  a solid season that may not be as fondly remembered as it should; given the Champs Sports Bowl loss.  9-4, 5-2 in conference. The defense was nothing short of awesome last year- 3rd in the nation in total and scoring defense, second in rushing, 11th in passing. Unfortunately, they only return 4 starters this year.

BMOCs: QB Geno Smith is the man, and will take full advantage of the four WR set (Tavon Austin and Brad Starks are the leaders there). the RB situation is unsettled, but will likely be between Daquan Hargrett and Shawne Alston, CB Keith Tandy is an All-American candidate, Bruce Irvin and Julian Miller are stars in the DL

2011 will be fruitful if: New offensive coordinator, and future head coach in 2012 Dana Holgorsen’s system gels well Smith getting the ball out to all the receivers. This year will be all about chemistry, and getting all the personalities to mix and mesh.

2011 will be awful if: The defense doesn’t adjust to the loss of seven starters, and the running game can’t respond to the loss of Noel Devine. Also, its pretty important that the coaching changes settle in quickly

Bottom Line:  With a very special QB, and some good receivers, and a decent pass rush, the weak Big East schedule…should equal a conference title

WVU Rankings: #17 Athlon, #18 Lindy’s, #37 Phil Steele

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Comments

  1. You need to do some current research before you write these predictions. Daquan Hargrett is no longer with the team, and Bradley Starks is probably at the back of the WR depth chart. Both of those players, you said will be likely starters.

  2. Also in the update your research category – Dana Holgorsen is head coach in 2011. He is no longer head coach in waiting.

  3. ResearchAlittle33 says:

    Please do a little research before you toss garbage like this on the Internet…

    Good thing you guys don’t do this for a living…..oh wait…

  4. mountaineerpunk says:

    Dude, your “news” is old. Hargrett is gone already, and Starks is a non-factor…oh, and one more thing: HOLGORSEN IS ALREADY THE HEAD COACH!

    Fail.

  5. paulmbanks says:

    I’m not going to lower myself to your guys’ level in returning insults. I’m a professional, and will act as such. But know this- I cover 3 teams regularly: Notre Dame, Illinois and Northwestern. I know them inside and out; as well as most of the Big Ten. I read three, count ‘em THREE Athlon, Lindy’s, and Phil Steele that all come out in the summer.

    and you know what- stuff happens, things change over the course of a few weeks. that’s life- deal with it. can you handle keeping up with 70 some teams that you don’t cover regularly??

  6. paulmbanks says:

    and 1 more thing, did you see the score of the Illinois (my alma mater) West Virginia hoops scrimmage today??

    Both teams played each other in Italy, and tune in tomorrow morning, I’ll have the game recap story posted.

    I-L-L!!!!!!!!!! I-N-I

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