College Football Preseason Rankings: Best Team Not in the Poll? West Virginia
Is West Virginia the best team not on the preseason Top-25?
The team returns most of its starters on offense and defense, with the biggest return being quarterback Geno Smith. Last year Geno showed flashes of what his potential is with big games against Maryland and Pittsburgh. But that last year was under a different head coach.
This year, WVU is under a new regime. But, West Virginia is picked as the pre-season Big East champions. This should not surprise any Big East followers as if it was not for a tie-breaker the Mountaineers would have won the Big East last year.
This year they are poised to make that big jump to show the coaches who comprised the USA Today poll that they should have been on that first Top-25 poll.
Their first test to show why that the first poll is wrong is when they host LSU. Last year they played them tough in Death Valley but ended up losing. This year, if they can pull off the upset, it will set in motion a championship season for West Virginia.
-- T.J. Mcaloon
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