The West Virginia Mountaineers finished the 2011 college football season with perhaps the most impressive performance in school history.
In Dana Holgorsen's first year as head coach, the Mountaineers lit up the scoreboard on their way to a record setting 70-point performance in the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl. The offense averaged 346.9 passing yards per game in 2011 and is returning almost the entire unit.
Quarterback Geno Smith returns along with electrifying wide receiver Tavon Austin. In what has recently been an offensive-heavy Big 12 conference, Holgerson's system should fit right in.
While a BCS bowl win is always impressive for a Big East team, the Mountaineers will have to make a push towards a National Championship to be considered among the ranks of the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns.
The climb to the top as the new kids on the block begins with these three must-win games in 2012.