Morgantown, West Virginia – In true ESPN fashion, the “worldwide leader in sports” has predicted a very poor year for the West Virginia Mountaineers for the 2021-2022 season.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), West Virginia will finish the season 5-7 overall.
The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule.
ESPN’s FPI predicts that the Mountaineers will win their opener at Maryland (52% odds) and then their home opener the following week against Long Island University (99.7%).
In week three, the FPI predicts that West Virginia will lose its huge rivalry game against Virginia Tech (43.8%) and its Big 12 Conference opener on the road at Oklahoma (4.9% chance of winning).
The Mountaineers are then predicted to beat Texas Tech at home (55.1%) before losing four straight games at Baylor (36.8%), at TCU (30%), and against Iowa State (26%) and Oklahoma State (40.8%) in Morgantown.
ESPN then predicts that West Virginia will win on the road at Kansas State (53.3%), lose at home against Texas (28.7%) and then close out the season with a win at Kansas (83.3%).
If these predictions come to fruition, it would be a massively disappointing season and major step back for the Mountaineers in Neal Brown’s third season at West Virginia.
Check out the FPI for the Mountaineers below: