The rankings are out for Week One of the college football season.
West Virginia jumped five spots to No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and three spots in the Coaches’ Poll to No. 24.
WVU fans may be a little disappointed in the lack of—explosive—offensive plays that were so highly touted going into Dana Holgorsen’s first game as head coach of the Mountaineers.
However, going from No. 24 to No. 19 is something to in which to be proud.
Pollsters were able to see the true skill that is found in quarterback, Geno Smith; as he remained calm in the pocket and took very good care of the ball as he escaped the pounding drive of the Marshall defense.
Furthermore, it has become obvious that West Virginia has a talented backfield that will continue to produce on short yardage plays, as well as a receiving core that is not limited to one or two players.
Although the game was shortened due to lightening, the Mountaineers showed enough talent to convince the voters that they will compete, no matter what the situation may be.
Expect WVU to continue to rise in the polls, each week.
Saturday’s game against Norfolk State should be a little less challenging than the two that follow.
The Mountaineers go to Maryland on September 17 to take on the Terps, who were very impressive in their win over the Miami Hurricanes.
Week 4 however, may bring the biggest challenge of the season for the old gold and blue, as the No. 2 ranked LSU Tigers come to town.
It is possible the Tigers could be in the No. 1 spot when they come to Morgantown.
It all depends on how No. 1 Oklahoma does against the fifth ranked Florida State Seminoles and the outcome of No. 3 Alabama’s game against the 23rd rated Nittany Lions from State College, PA.
If the Mountaineer defense stays healthy, plays like they did Sunday and continues to get better, and the offense continues to strive for perfection, West Virginia will be a household name—nationwide—and will be in the top five within four weeks.
That will be just in time to begin conference play, which will be another whole season in itself.