Big 12 Expansion: 2 Reasons to Choose West Virginia over Louisville
As the college football conference realignment continues to play out, there seems to be breaking news every day. First, it's one team that's supposed to go here, and then tomorrow, that team will be rumored to go somewhere completely different.
Yesterday, West Virginia was the frontrunner to join the Big 12 and either replace Missouri (who wants to join the SEC) or become the 11th member of the conference. Now, it appears Louisville is the favorite to join the Big 12 over West Virginia.
Here are the reasons that West Virginia is a better fit over Louisville.
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Better Football Program
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Louisville has been struggling to get its football program back on its feet ever since head coach Bobby Petrino left. Since 2007, they've only won one bowl game, and that was the only bowl game they've played in since that year.
West Virginia had a better football program then and has a better program now. Since 2005, the Mountaineers have won more bowl games than the Louisville Cardinals have even participated in.
The Mountaineers have also won two BCS bowl games compared to Louisville's one.
Let's also remember that West Virginia has been ranked every year since 2002, while Louisville hasn't been ranked since 2007.
West Virginia is by far the better football program, and at the end of the day, that's all that really matters.
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The fans in this picture may not be a good example of West Virginia fans, but the fans in Morgantown get crazy.
West Virginia draws a much bigger crowd and has a stadium that holds 5,000 more fans than Louisville's does. The Mountaineers have a huge fanbase and a strong following that could be compared to any in all of college football.
The West Virginia fanbase and stadium is as good as it gets and will fit in well in the Big 12. Louisville, not so much.