I think that maybe it would be hard to overstate my excitement regarding this weekend's events. A perfect storm has occurred and WVU is now in the driver's seat again regarding it's future.
First off let's check back at the teams preseason goals:\
1. Win the Big East Out Right (To be determined on Saturday on Saturday December 1 around 11:45)
2. Make a BCS Bowl as a result of Big East Championship. (Check)
3. Go undefeated: (Whoops in Tampa prevented this)
4. Play for a national title. (To be determined on Saturday December 1 around 11:45)
5. To win a national championship. (Again we have to win the semi-finals to advance to finals.)
As you can see more work is to be done.
Now let's look at the remaining concerns for the WVU Mountaineers in their quest to play for the national title:
BEAT PITT!!! That is it, that is all. Even though the Big 10 crybabies out their are going to cry foul OSU will not overcome an 11 and 1 WVU. OSU's only hope is for Missouri to lose to Oklahoma for the second time this season. I hope they get their wish because I would love to put that arrogant fan-base in its place. I relish all of the pub right now. Including a well written article by Mr. Schlabach of ESPN. Some quotes of note:
"If Ohio State fans want to avoid an upset stomach, they might not want to root too hard for Oklahoma to beat No. 2 Kansas or No. 4 Missouri in next week's Big 12 Championship Game in San Antonio. The No. 5 Buckeyes should really save themselves from being embarrassed for the second season in a row.
The Buckeyes' national title hopes seemed lost when they fell to Illinois 28-21 on Nov. 10. Then Oregon, Oklahoma and finally LSU lost while the Buckeyes watched. But Ohio State's chances of winning the BCS title are still fleeting, at best. Even if the Buckeyes use the back door to the Louisiana Superdome by finishing in the top two of the final BCS standings, they don't stand a chance.
After Florida ran up and down the field against a better Ohio State team in a 41-14 win in the 2006 BCS Championship Game, the Mountaineers might actually lap the Buckeyes on the Bayou. The Mountaineers are really that fast."-Mark Schlabach
"It is not going to be the "Back Yard Brawl but rather the Back Yard Maul" Stated in Game Day Final after the trouncing of U Conn- Mark May (former Pitt Grad no less.)
"I think we have to have a perfect game and then I don't even know if that's good enough against these guys. Even if we played perfectly I don't know if we could beat this team."; "I hope [West Virginia] goes and wins the national championship."; "The only way that West Virginia loses is if they turn the ball over," Edsall said. "That's what happened [in their loss against] South Florida. If you don't get turnovers on them, ain't nobody going to beat them."- Coach Edsall as was quoted in the courant.com's article West Virgina Routs U Conn.The Big East anounced its weekly award winners and guess who they were: Offense: Ben Mauk (What?) Deffense: Morrty Ivey Special Teams: Pat McAfee . The Big East saw fit to give Pat White and honorable mention this week. Oh well 2 outta three ain't bad. I just can't believe that the Big East couldn't see fit to give the sweep to WVU. Side by side how can Mauk be considered to have had a better performance than Pat White's 3 quarters of Brilliance. Oh yea I do drink the Pat White cool aid even if it might give me the flu.
As for other issues I am certain that this blog is going to be on overdrive this week with folks thoughts. I will edit this blog later to include some photos I took from the game this weekend.