MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — After a winning season and a dominant victory in its bowl game, the West Virginia Mountaineers football program will have extremely high expectations heading into the 2024 season. The Mountaineers were 9-4 overall in 2023 and beat the North Carolina Tarheels 30-10 in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, and they have a huge portion of their team returning.
According to NCAAF Nation, a very popular social media account, the Mountaineers will compete for a spot in the newly-expanded 12 team playoffs. “The Big 12 will be a fun league next season,” NCAAF Nation said in their “Way Too Early Top 32” rankings posted today on social media. “WVU (13th), Kansas (15th), Kansas State (18th), Utah (19th), Oklahoma State (22nd) and Arizona (25th) all have potential to win the league.”
After the bowl win, West Virginia head coach Neal Brown had the following to say about whether the Mountaineers belong in the Top 25 or not: “One of the great things about college football games is that you can win your last game. I think bowl games are meaningful and means a lot to us. I think we should be in the Top 25. I think we deserve that. I have a vote and I’ll vote us in. And I think next season we should be a Top 25 preseason team.”
It will be interesting to see whether the Mountaineers can live up to high expectations for the first time under Neal Brown, or whether they’ll fold under the pressure. With starting quarterback Garrett Greeen back in 2024, it’s hard to imagine this team not being one of the top teams in the new Big 12 Conference next season.
WAY TOO EARLY TOP "32"
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— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) January 17, 2024