The Big 12 just got tougher with the West Virginia Mountaineers around. With the 2012 season, they are poised to make a big entrance into their new conference.
WVU has a potent offense that stems from senior Geno Smith and continues through receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.
They were a free-scoring team last year, averaging 37.6 points per game and destroying Clemson 70-33 in the Orange Bowl.
The perception that the Big 12 is automatically of a higher standard than the Big East isn’t entirely true, but WVU will certainly be up against some powerful offenses this year. That said, there is a reliance on offense over defense throughout the conference, so there will still be plenty of points available in return.
This season is a tough one to call, and it has the potential to go either way for Dana Holgorsen and his team. It’s never easy transitioning to a new conference, but WVU isn't about to make it easy for the opposition, either.