Scout’s honor, if I’d skipped studying long enough to put together a power ranking last week, the Orange would have taken a mighty fall after their home loss to Pittsburgh.
I spent most of the week trying not to think about what was going to happen on Saturday when they traveled to Morgantown. Hell, I was so convinced that this game couldn’t possibly go well that I actually overslept and missed all of West Virginia’s scoring (fortunately, that was only about 20 percent of the game).
To say that the men in orange redeemed themselves after the Pitt loss might be a bit of an understatement, all things considered.
Winning in this nearly forgotten rivalry game and taking home the Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy is huge, in both practical and symbolic terms.
What better way to make a statement that your program, which was once the flag-bearer for the conference, is on its way back than to go into the home of the team that's dominated the league in your stead and win?
In all likelihood, the Orange are still a year or two away from realistically having a chance to capture a Big East trophy. For now, though, they can be content in bringing the trophy named for their greatest coach back home where it belongs.