Tag:West Virginia
Posted on: September 20, 2010 7:26 pm
 

Big East has one more week to justify existence

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Big East is an automatic BCS-qualifying conference, and as one of the six "power" conference, they are afforded a certain amount of respect. Thus, we owe it to the conference and its members to begin this entry with a compliment. So here it goes: The Big East is three games over .500 against all competition this year.

And that's about it. Because even that lackluster 12-9 record among the eight Big East teams is misleading. For one, every single team is 1-0 against FCS competition. So, good news, Big East: if the conference as a whole were to be relegated tomorrow (unlikely as that may be), they'd be very good all of a sudden. Against the FBS, though, not so much; the Big East is 4-9 overall, which includes a 3-3 record against teams that aren't even in automatic-qualifier conferences. For example, Connecticut lost to Temple last week. By 14 points.

That brings us to the meat of the Big East's resume, and that's play against quality competition. It almost couldn't possibly be worse. The conference is 1-8 against BCS conference teams. Only West Virginia -- who beat a truly miserable Maryland team last Saturday -- has such a win under its belt. That, friends, is poor performance nonpareil.

If that's all going to change in the Big East's favor at all this season, it's going to have to be this weekend; Miami visits Pitt on Thursday, Oklahoma travels to Cincinnati, West Virginia is at LSU, and Rutgers hosts North Carolina. Four difficult -- but winnable -- games against high-profile competition. Among the four listed games, WhatIfSports.com only gives Pitt better than even odds to come away with a victory, so don't be terribly surprised if the conference can't break even against its "real" competition this weekend.

If there's one saving grace to all of this, it's that a conference is usually judged by its highest achievers. The SEC has always been able to rest its laurels on the members who would run through the conference undefeated, for example, because those teams almost always win their national championship games that await. Nobody would demean a conference that could produce a 14-0 Alabama team if that Crimson Tide runs through 14-0 Texas as happened last year, after all. So, West Virginia now has a similar opportunity. While we're not positive that even an undefeated Mountaineers team is guaranteed a BCS Championship berth, they will certainly face high competition during bowl season when that time comes (even if they drop a game between now and then). Win that matchup, and people will pay less and less attention to the cupcakes littering the Mountaineers' conference path.

Posted on: September 20, 2010 7:26 pm
 

Big East has one more week to justify existence

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Big East is an automatic BCS-qualifying conference, and as one of the six "power" conference, they are afforded a certain amount of respect. Thus, we owe it to the conference and its members to begin this entry with a compliment. So here it goes: The Big East is three games over .500 against all competition this year.

And that's about it. Because even that lackluster 12-9 record among the eight Big East teams is misleading. For one, every single team is 1-0 against FCS competition. So, good news, Big East: if the conference as a whole were to be relegated tomorrow (unlikely as that may be), they'd be very good all of a sudden. Against the FBS, though, not so much; the Big East is 4-9 overall, which includes a 3-3 record against teams that aren't even in automatic-qualifier conferences. For example, Connecticut lost to Temple last week. By 14 points.

That brings us to the meat of the Big East's resume, and that's play against quality competition. It almost couldn't possibly be worse. The conference is 1-8 against BCS conference teams. Only West Virginia -- who beat a truly miserable Maryland team last Saturday -- has such a win under its belt. That, friends, is poor performance nonpareil.

If that's all going to change in the Big East's favor at all this season, it's going to have to be this weekend; Miami visits Pitt on Thursday, Oklahoma travels to Cincinnati, West Virginia is at LSU, and Rutgers hosts North Carolina. Four difficult -- but winnable -- games against high-profile competition. Among the four listed games, WhatIfSports.com only gives Pitt better than even odds to come away with a victory, so don't be terribly surprised if the conference can't break even against its "real" competition this weekend.

If there's one saving grace to all of this, it's that a conference is usually judged by its highest achievers. The SEC has always been able to rest its laurels on the members who would run through the conference undefeated, for example, because those teams almost always win their national championship games that await. Nobody would demean a conference that could produce a 14-0 Alabama team if that Crimson Tide runs through 14-0 Texas as happened last year, after all. So, West Virginia now has a similar opportunity. While we're not positive that even an undefeated Mountaineers team is guaranteed a BCS Championship berth, they will certainly face high competition during bowl season when that time comes (even if they drop a game between now and then). Win that matchup, and people will pay less and less attention to the cupcakes littering the Mountaineers' conference path.

Posted on: September 18, 2010 12:35 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 12:41 pm
 

Maryland is so, so bad

Posted by Adam Jacobi

[UPDATE, 12:40: Maryland has recovered a West Virginia fumble at the Maryland 20. On Maryland's first play, Robinson almost threw a pick-six. Instead, it turns into a 3-and-out. Maryland is so, so bad.] 

Hey, guess what? That Maryland at West Virginia game that kicked off at the top of the hour? Yeah, it's already over.

West Virginia leads 14-0 after seven minutes of gameplay, but that doesn't accurately describe how poor Maryland has looked in this game. The Mountaineers used a 50-yard scamper by Noel Devine to get into scoring position on their opening drive and got into the end zone a few snaps later.

Undaunted, Maryland responded by committing four penalties on their opening "drive," and it could have been worse; on 3rd and 28 from the 2-yard line (yeah), Terps QB Jamarr Robinson escaped a sack in the end zone only after his tackle, uh, tackled the rush end; the hold went uncalled. Maryland punted on the next snap.

West Virginia shredded Maryland's defense again on the next drive, and the second touchdown came on a pass to Tavon Austin where no Terps were within 20 yards of Austin. That is not an exaggeration. All in all, Geno Smith is 4-4 for 58 yards and two scores (both to Austin, and West Virginia averaged over 10 yards a play on their first two drives.

Oh, and Maryland just punted again. This is brutal. Do not watch this game unless you are a West Virginia fan and/or unimaginably cruel.

Posted on: September 18, 2010 11:30 am
 

Game day weather updates, Week 3

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Will the heat affect teams' gameplans in the southeast? All times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

No. 12 Arkansas at Georgia, 12:00, Athens, GA: Lower 80s, clear, hot

Maryland at No. 21 West Virginia, 12:00, Morgantown, WV: Upper 60s, clear

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 8 Nebraska at Washington, 3:30, Seattle, WA: Mid 60s, cloudy, scattered showers

No. 18 USC at Minnesota, 3:30, Minneapolis, MN: Mid 50s, partly cloudy

No. 10 Florida at Tennessee, 3:30, Knoxville, TN: Mid 80s, clear, hot

Evening kickoffs

Clemson at No. 16 Auburn, 7:00, Auburn, AL: Mid 80s, cloudy, slight chance of showers

No. 6 Texas at Texas Tech, 8:00, Lubbock, TX: Mid 80s, partly cloudy, windy

Late kickoffs

No. 9 Iowa at No. 24 Arizona, 10:30, Tucson, AZ: Lower 90s, breezy, hot

No. 23 Houston at UCLA, 10:30, Pasadena, CA: Upper 60s, clear

Wake Forest at No. 19 Stanford, 11:15, Palo Alto, CA: Lower 60s, clear

Posted on: September 16, 2010 5:42 pm
 

Death or Mountaineers football?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

People love college football.  A lot.  I know this as a fact because I, along with Adam and Chip, are incredibly passionate about the sport, which is why we do this.  Still, I don't know if it's the most important thing in my life.  I'm not married, but if I were, I'd probably keep my wife higher on my list of priorities than any college football game.

Some people, though, see things differently.  Take Larry Kirby of North Charleston, South Carolina.  Larry is a big West Virginia Mountaineers fan who recently lost his wife at the early age of 58.  Now Larry must deal with the grief of losing one of the most important people in his life, but only if it doesn't interfere with the Mountaineers game against Maryland this Saturday.

From Joan Kirby's obituary , the emphasis added is my own:

Joan Renee Kirby, 58, wife of Larry Kirby, of N. Charleston, SC, died Tuesday, September 14, 2010. Friends and family are invited to a visitation at Parks Funeral Home, in Summerville, SC, Saturday afternoon, September 18, 2010, from 4 - 6 o'clock so that there won't be a conflict with the West Virginia Mountaineers football game. Burial will be held at a later date.

I don't even want to know what's going to happen should the game go into overtime.  The 4pm start is only four hours after kickoff in Morgantown and college games routinely run north of three and a half hours.  Seems to me Mr. Kirby is cutting it awfully close for comfort.

As for when the burial will be, I don't have any inside info, but I'd guess it'll be on October 2 seeing as how that's West Virginia's next bye week.

Courtesy of CFT

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:50 am
Edited on: September 16, 2010 9:51 am
 

Pat White on Denard Robinson: 'He's a beast.'

Posted by Chip Patterson

Pat White was one of the most electrifying quarterbacks in college football across the last decade.  His 4,480 yards rushing are the most of any quarterback in FBS history.  Under Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia, the dual-threat White set all kinds of school and conference records for total yards and finished as the first quarterback in college football history to start and win four bowl games.

While White is stepping away from football to join the Kansas City Royals baseball organization, his name has been brought in college football recently up as a comparison for Michigan's Denard Robinson.  White was recently asked about Robinson, and like all of us, he is impressed.

"He's a beast, that's all you can say," White said Wednesday in a teleconference announcing his shift from pro football to a baseball career with the Kansas City Royals. "He's just doing amazing things out there."  

"He obviously knows the position and looks like a hard runner and a good leader," White said. "He doesn't look afraid to run the ball or stick his nose in there."


Rich Rodriguez has had to live through two seasons of forcing his spread option on mostly-Lloyd Carr team before finally getting the pieces in place in 2010.  Robinson showed flashes of potential in 2009, but was not ready to handle the starting duties.  The sophomore looks more than comfortable with the offense in his hands.  Against Notre Dame, 94% of Michigan's offensive plays ran directly through him, including every play of the winning drive in the final minutes.

Robinson's, who is already on the short list of Heisman hopefuls, first goal will be to return Michigan to the postseason, something that has not been accomplished in Ann Arbor yet under Rich Rod's tenure.  With wins over Connecticut and Notre Dame, the Wolverines are off to a great start.  As long as Robinson's legs keep moving, they will always have a chance.

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 5:24 pm
 

West Virginia CB Hogan suspended after DUI

Posted by Chip Patterson

The West Virginia Mountaineers took a hit to their secondary on Tuesday, when head coach Bill Stewart confirmed at his weekly presse conference that starting cornerback Brandon Hogan was suspended indefinitely for "breaking a team rule."

The team rule no doubt is tied to Hogan's DUI arrest early Sunday morning.  

The senior starter from Manassas, Va., was pulled over at 3:17 a.m. by Morgantown police. He was driving the wrong way on Spruce Street, a one-way street in downtown Morgantown, according to Lt. Harold Sperringer.
"I and I alone will handle the discipline and the punishment in a fair, firm and strict manner," said Stewart.  "He will rejoin the Mountaineer team when I deem fit."

As mentioned by the Charleston Daily Mail, this is far from the first incident for Hogan.  He was held out of spring practice for "not being fully engaged in academics" and then issued a citation for public urination and disorderly conduct in April.  He has been able to avoid a major suspension (aside from the mysterious "personal issues" that kept him out of the Mountaineers' bowl game in 2008) throughout the missteps, but this one was pretty difficult to ignore.

While the length of the suspension is yet to be determined, Mountaineer will be anxious to get the star DB back on the field.  Hogan was on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the country's top defensive back, and his play in the last two seasons has drawn the attention of NFL scouts.

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