Morgantown, West Virginia – To be clear, the Virginia Tech Hokies are only a little bit better than Towson. Talent-wise, they weren’t on the same planet as West Virginia.
Beating Virginia Tech in Blacksburg is a major victory regardless of the talent level, however, and it was clear that the Mountaineers have the roster to be a very competitive team in the Big 12 Conference.
JT Daniels just might be the best pure passer ever at West Virginia. Obviously that’s difficult to accurately determine and a case could certainly be made for former greats like Marc Bulger, Geno Smith, Will Grier, etc., but Daniels is everything he was hyped up to be and then some.
CJ Donaldson has rushed 52 times for 380 yards (7.3 yards per carry) and 6 touchdowns in the first four games of his career, and looks like a legitimate top running back in the nation.
West Virginia’s wide receivers, particularly Bryce Ford-Wheaton, Kaden Prather and Sam James, are collectively as talented and capable as any receiving corps in the Big 12.
The offensive line, which has been brutally bad over the past several years, appears to finally be coming together as a cohesive unit.
The defensive line, led by Dante Stills, could be the strongest part of the West Virginia team.
In other words, there is an awful lot to excited about!
With that said, West Virginia has only beaten Towson and a team that is only a little bit better than Towson, Virginia Tech. They still have two really bad losses that should have been wins and their upcoming conference schedule is beyond grueling.
The Mountaineers have games at Texas, at home against Baylor and at Texas Tech looming, and it’s unlikely that they’ll be favored to win any of them. What’s now clear, however, is that West Virginia has the talent to compete with anyone in the conference and perhaps the nation.
This is a very, very talented team, particularly on the offensive side of the ball, and although they are not a very well-coached team, they could still make some major noise this season.