Just four times this decade were the West Virginia Mountaineers ranked in the preseason top 25. These kings of the regular season would always go on to falter at some point or another though.
The reign of the Mountaineers as an end-of-season disaster team culminated in 2006 when the Mountaineers were ranked No. 5 in the preseason AP Top 25. They had a fairly manageable schedule but losses at Louisville and versus South Florida killed their chances at running the table.
In 2007, West Virginia entered the preseason as the No. 3 team in the country. They were ranked ahead of Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma.
With a non-conference schedule consisting of Western Michigan, Marshall, Maryland, East Carolina, and Mississippi State, many believed they could run the table.
Well, 2007 wasn't West Virginia's year either. They would lose two regular season games by a margin of 12 points. Lucky for them though as they received a BCS bid and torched another overrated school, Oklahoma, in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
The hype continued for West Virginia into 2008. They were ranked No. 8 in the preseason but after losses at East Carolina, at Colorado, versus Cincinnati, and at Pittsburgh, West Virginia finished the season No. 23.
Aside from this year's Cincinnati Bearcats team, West Virginia gave the Big East Conference its best shot at winning a national championship since Miami, Virginia Tech, and Boston College departed.
Still, of all the hype we had to endure around this program, they have nothing to show for the last decade. Their coach through most of it, Rich Rodriguez, is now in Michigan. The media has seemed to forget about the ever-exclusive coverage given to this program.
I will not forget, though. West Virginia is probably the most undeserving in this list of overrated football programs.