West Virginia Football: Mountaineers Dominate the Big East Indefinitely

Scott PauleyAnalyst IOctober 3, 2011

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 24:  Young fans play football outside of Mountaineer Field prior to the game between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Louisiana State University Tigers on September 24, 2011 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Big East members have given approval for Commissioner John Marinatto to seek other programs to come to the conference.

It is probable we will see teams like Navy, Air Force, Army, Central Florida, SMU and East Carolina stay in the mix of those schools who are most likely to make the move.

No matter what teams the Big East chooses to bring on board, the West Virginia Mountaineers will dominate the league.

Taking a look at the conference as it stands now, WVU is the favorite for the championship for the next two years—at least.

When Syracuse and Pitt depart following the 27-month waiting period, that outlook only gets better for the Mountaineers.

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen has the team in a position of dominance with his quick and powerful offensive scheme.

Combining that with the great defensive mind of DC Jeff Casteel and the young—newly formed—defensive squad, the ‘Eers will continue to grow stronger.

When a team has a quarterback like Geno Smith who can throw for 1,709 in the first five games, one can expect that the team is actively progressing.

Smith has already surpassed the single-game record, which was previously held by Mark Bulger.  That happened during the loss to LSU in Week 4.

To have the ability to throw for 463 yards against the No. 1 team in the nation shows poise and comfort on the part of Smith.

The Mountaineers defense held the Tigers to 366 yards.

All of these numbers coupled with the keep-on-keepin’-on philosophy of the West Virginia squad, introduces us to a mindset that is seldom witnessed in college sports.

It also causes me to understand the truth behind why Notre Dame refuses to join the Big East for football—they don’t want to play the Mountaineers every year.

Bring on whatever teams want to come.

WVU will remain the Beast of the East for years to come.