West Virginia’s New Wild Expectations

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — The West Virginia Mountaineers are off to an incredible start after beating Duquesne, Pitt, Texas Tech and TCU with only a loss at top ten-ranked Penn State. This outstanding start to the season has some believing that the Mountaineers could go on a run all the way to the Big 12 Championship game.

Popular social media account College Football Kings believes that the Mountaineers have a real shot at winning 8-10 games this year. “There’s a legitimate chance West Virginia win 8-10 games this year. The Mountaineers are 4-1 and have an extremely manageable schedule outside of a trip to Norman (Oklahoma). Their loss is to #6 Penn State and they have wins over their FCS opponent (Duquesne), Pitt, Texas Tech, and at TCU.”

Although it seems far-fetched for West Virginia to win 8, 9, 10 or even 11 games after four years of mediocrity under Neal Brown, the schedule is very favorable for the Mountaineers and a bowl game seems like a near-lock. With four wins in their first five games, West Virginia only needs 2 more wins to be bowl eligible. Gaining bowl eligiblity would be a major step forward for a team that finished 5-7 overall and 3-6 in Big 12 conference play last season.

Winning games brings new expectations and it will be interesting to see how Neal Brown and his team will be able to manage this. The Mountaineers were only favored to win one game this season (Duquesne) during the preseason and that has now completely flipped with West Virginia underdogs only for a few remaining games. Are the Mountaineers able to handle these expectations, or are they better off as the underdog? We shall see!