West Virginia clearly has the offensive firepower it takes to win a Big 12 championship in 2012. However, the big question surrounding the Mountaineers this season is will their defense be able to hold up against the explosive offenses that they're set to face in their new conference?
New coordinator Joe DeForest has switched the defense's scheme from its traditional 3-3-5 base set to a new 3-4 front. Plus, there are some new starters at important positions.
Obviously, "new" is the key buzzword for the West Virginia defense this season.
There's a new coordinator, a new system, new starters and, most importantly, a whole new set of enemy playmakers that the team will have to figure out how to slow down.
The Big 12 is loaded with some tremendous offensive talent this year. West Virginia's defense is going to get tested by a dangerous offensive player basically every single week of the season from here on out.
Here's a look at the 10 opposing players who will likely cause the toughest matchup problems for the West Virginia defense in 2012.