West Virginia finished the 2011 season strongly. But the days of Big East triumphs and automatic Orange Bowl berths after mediocre campaigns are over.
The heat is on for the Mountaineers as they transition to big boy football in the Big 12. They will meet a highly competitive corps of opponents. TCU's concurrent arrival only heightens the intensity.
Dana Holgorsen's bunch has considerable talent and potential in 2012. But we have yet to see how that talent will fare in a new conference landscape. This is uncharted territory for the boys from Morgantown.
With that in mind, here are five concerns the Mountaineers should have about the Big 12.