West Virginia enters 2011 with high expectations, and a new coach that won’t be happy with another nine-win season (sorry Bill Stewart).
If Dana Holgorsen’s track record holds, junior quarterback Geno Smith should have a huge season and the Mountaineers should score tons of points.
The defense was one of the best in 2010, but Jeff Casteel is going to have to work some magic again as there are a lot of holes to fill. Casteel is going to count on pass-rush specialist Bruce Irvin to be an every down defensive end this fall. Irvin seems to be up to the challenge.
One area no one can control is the 2011 schedule. WVU has the talent to run the table, but another nine-win season is also possible.
The Mountaineers’ strength of schedule is so-so. It’s helped by two strong non-conference games.
Let’s take a look at how WVU’s schedule stacks up based on the power of each opponent.