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Morgantown, West Virginia – Brutal.  Last night’s devastating loss at #3 ranked Oklahoma was brutal.  The stars were aligned and it was the perfect opportunity for the Mountaineers to give Neal Brown that one big stunning upset on the road and vault themselves into contenders in Brown’s third season in Morgantown.

With that said, looking forward, West Virginia’s path to the Big 12 Championship looks rather uncomplicated.  The Big 12 Conference is not the typical Big 12 Conference this season and the Mountaineers will very much be in the mix to play the Sooners again in the championship at the end of the season.

While the offense has struggled and not quite found its identity, the West Virginia defense has proven to be one of the best in the conference, and defense wins championships.

Starting next week, West Virginia will welcome a very average Texas Tech team into Morgantown.  Milan Puskar Stadium will be rockin’ and ready to support the Mountaineers after a really tremendous effort at Oklahoma, and West Virginia should get the relatively easy win here.

The following week will be West Virginia’s most challenging remaining game at Baylor.  Baylor, currently 4-0 and 2-0 in conference play, are coming off an upset win over the #14 ranked Iowa State Cyclones last night.  Still, if West Virginia plays like it did last night, they are more than capable of beating Baylor on the road.

The Mountaineers will then have winnable road games at TCU, Kansas State and Kansas, and home games against Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Texas.

Although nothing is certain in college athletics, the West Virginia Mountaineers have as good of a shot as any of the teams in the conference other than Oklahoma of making it to the conference championship.

Don’t be surprised when the West Virginia Mountaineers turn their season around and line up in a rematch against the Oklahoma Sooners on December 4th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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