Morgantown, West Virginia – After only giving up 225 yards to the Kansas State Wildcats today, West Virginia has established itself as the best defense in the college football this season. While a few teams have allowed less yards per game, the teams ahead of the Mountaineers have not played more than 2 games.
The domination of West Virginia’s defense this season is truly unprecedented. While the Mountaineers have had some pretty outstanding defenses in program history, none are statistically better than the 2020 version.
The Mountaineers, averaging 255 yards per game following today’s game, have never given up less total yards as a team. As a measuring stick, West Virginia’s 11-1 1998 team that played for the National Championship gave up 299.9 yards per game. The 1993 team, which also finished 11-1 overall, gave up 362.1 yards per game. The 2007 team, which was one terrible game from playing for and winning the National Championship, allowed 301.7 yards per game.
The only team that could challenge this year’s team was the 2010 Mountaineers, who finished 9-4 while allowing 261.1 yards per game. West Virginia still must play Texas and Iowa State on the road, as well as Oklahoma and TCU at home, but this team very well could end the season as the best overall defense in football program history.
Despite the struggles on offense, West Virginia is 4-2 overall and still has a great opportunity to do incredible things this season. In one of the weirdest, most bizarre seasons in history, the Big 12 Championship is not out of reach for the Mountaineers. West Virginia took one step closer to reaching its goals, a trip to Dallas to compete for the conference championship.
Is this the best defense in #WVU history?
— The Voice of Motown (@voicemorgantown) October 31, 2020