~ Well the Harris and Coaches Polls like us at 5th but the computers have us at 8th. This means we reside at 6th in the BCS Poll. That is right we fell a spot. I think that part of that is that we have played fewer games, but that is discouraging. It looks like the only way WVU plays for all the cookies is if both Oregon and LSU lose. I say this because it looks as if the Big 12 will be represented in the big game.
~ Hawaii's run this year may be marred by the concussion suffered by Colt. He clearly is their offense. Colt broke all time Touchdown record for QB right before leaving the game (31-7 at the time) with a concussion. Anyway, the Bows are in trouble if he is out this week. I only bring this up as it impacts one more BCS at large spot.
~ WVU's D gave up 31 pts. But to tell you the truth I found them to play very well. U of L was only 3 of 13 on third down conversions. That is a far cry from how that went last year.
~ Survive and advance. Those that are holding onto this montra now are LSU and Kansas. Oregon needs help but is close. Oklahoma, Missouri, and WVU are at mercy of those in front of them losing. As far as the Big East is concerned: WVU is in that mode. If they win at Cincy and defeat UConn at home they will at worst share the Big East Championship. They will be the Big East Rep in the BCS as a result of head to head match-ups. Cincy is still mathematically in it as well if they win out and a WVU wins over UConn. That would assure them a share of Big East title with the BCS bid going to them with tie breaker wins over WVU and UConn. Uconn needs only win out and they will be the Big East Champions. Another slip up and they are outside looking because of tiebreakers. This type of craziness is best settled with a pair of big time wins for WVU against Cincy and UConn. Oh yeah WVU still has the pussy-cats on their schedule at the end of the year. But they goto the BCS with wins in the next 2 weeks regardless of the outcome of that game.
~ I loved the Gold Rush!!! I have never seen such a display of solidarity at Mountaineer field. I loved it live and I loved it when I watched it on TV. The blimp shots really captured the look. I too liked the Gold on Gold Uniforms. Between Oregon and WVU the nation gets a good look at color variations. Anyway, I was quite happy with the Gold Rush.
~ It sounded like the Mountaineer scrimage this weekend demonstrated both a little bit of the old style (aka. Johnny B.) and the new style of Huggy. Sounds like it could be an interesting year for Mountaineer basketball.
~ Chris Henry came back and made an accounting of himself in the Cincy game yesterday. Good to see him back on the field. Good luck to him.
~ D. Reynaud is quietly becoming the single season touchdown reception record holder at WVU. He currently has 10 touchdowns and the record is 12 with 3 games to go. I really hope he stays another year.
~ Frosh report: Well I was very impressed with the play of Brandon Hogan, Joche Saunders, Noel Devine, and our Pat Lazear. These guys certainly give us some things to look forward to in coming years.
~ Thank goodness we picked up Michigan graduate Ryan Mundy. He is a force in and of himself but it doesn't stop there. Because he is holding the fort at free safety. Both Quinton Andrews and Erik Wicks are able to do there thing. I love our secondary this year. It is too bad we will not have him in future years but he will always be a Mountaineer in my heart.
~ Proof again that Owen Schmitt has hardest head in college football (video taken from a YouTube by IronMan2131) :
Have a great week.