There are many questions entering the 08-09 season. However, the main question for me is: why does WVU not get the respect it deserves? Yes, I know that many would say that we are in transition with a new coaching staff, but this is the same team and schemes (with the passing game tweaked a little) that dismantled Oklahoma in the fiesta bowl, which many predict as a preseason favorite for the BCS championship.
I understand WVU is getting some respect because they have been ranked in the preseason top ten 4 out of the last five years, but many of the so-called football experts aren't even predicting WVU to win the Big East. Yes, i know that the competition and the schedule is getting tougher, but that is mostly the result of the recent success of the Eers.
How could you not bet on the Mountaineers? They are led by Pat White! The Eers are 28-4 with White as the signal caller, and the team is 34-5 over the past three years. They have won three straight new years day bowl games, including 2 BCS bowls over the likes of Oklahoma and Georgia. They are the third winningest program over the past three seasons trailing only USC and Ohio St. They have also taken 4 out of the last 5 Big East championships. Also, Pat White is the two time Big East player of the year and the MVP in two straight New Years Day bowl games. He only needs 784 yards to become NCAA's all time leading rusher at QB. No other QB in history has done what he has a chance to do this season, win four straight New Years Day bowl games. Hes a proven winner!
On offense, WVU will boast the nation's fastest backfields, led by the lightning quick Noel Devine. He will be running behind the nation's best offensive line, led by preseason All-Americans Ryan Stanchek and Greg Isdaner. The Mountaineers have tons of depth on the offensive line and wide receivers. Look for names such as Arlic Arnett, Bradly Starks, Jock Sanders, Mark Rogers, and true freshman tight end Tyler Urban to provide more explosiveness to the nation's most exciting offense.
On defense, the Eers lost some key players in the secondary. However, you will see that they have more than enough athletes with a ton of speed to make up for the departures from last year. Look for the Eers to cause more turnovers with speed from players such as Brandon Hogan, Ellis Lankster, JT Thomas, and newcomer Robert Sands.
I predict the Mountaineers to go undefeated this season, winning some tough, close games down the stretch in November, clinching another Big East title, and bringing the BCS National Championship to Morgantown, giving Pat White and the Mountaineer program the respect it deserves.