Start Watching The Polls Again

Two convincing wins in a row and we are back in the Top 25, bitches. We sit at 20th in the AP, 22nd in the Harris, and 25th in the BCS because the computers absolutely HATE us. All we have to do is continue to win and we will be back in the Top 15. (Just call me Captain Obvious)

Party Like It’s 2009

We’re barely three days from the national championship and already early 2008-09 top 25 lists are being rolled out. Want to know how WVU is being perceived after the surprise Sweet 16 run? Well, you won’t have to scroll too far in most rankings, considering we’re damn near the top.

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WVU Receives 6 Votes In ESPN/USA Today Poll

Can’t Say I Disagree

The BCS is garbage.

Even when it works, someone has a problem. Usually legitimate. At least in college basketball, the problems happen during the selection process, a full month before the national championship game. With the BCS, problems begin the first day the rankings are released and continue until about the middle of the 3rd quarter of the MNC game.

No one points out one of the biggest deficiencies of the BCS better than this piece by Wendell Barnhouse — who’s name frankly sounds made-up — in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:

Two of the most popular exhibits in the BCS’ Hall of Shame are the 2001 and 2003 seasons. In both cases (Nebraska in ’01 and Oklahoma in ’03), a team reached the BCS title game without winning its conference championship.

Should West Virginia win out, it will be 11-1 and atop the Big East standings. If South Florida wins its remaining games, the Bulls and the Mountaineers would be the only Big East teams with one loss.

South Florida, based on its head-to-head victory over West Virginia, would be Big East champions. The Bulls, 12th in the coaches’ and Harris polls and 10th in the BCS standings, are long shots to reach the BCS title game.

While it would require more upsets — and based on what’s transpired, that’s not exactly a reach — it’s not out of the question that West Virginia could wind up ranked No. 2 in the final BCS standings.

Yep, that’s right. West Virginia could play in the BCS title game and not be the top team in its conference. At least the Mountaineers could claim to be “co-champions,” which is something Nebraska and Oklahoma couldn’t do.

Obviously, this is the scenario we as Mountaineer fans want to have play out this season. But, in the interest of college football, there needs to be a rule change.

Simply amending the BCS qualification rules to require winning your own conference’s championship (along with any tiebreakers) would help shore up a faulty BCS process. Reason suggests that if you’re not the best team in your conference of 8-12 teams, then how can you compete for the title of best team in America?

Hopefully — soon — you won’t be able to.

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EDSBS < Jon Wilner

Over the past few weeks, I have lambasted Jon Wilner as the most ignorant of AP pollsters. That’s still true. But there’s a poll out there that makes him look like the Patron Saint of Rankings — that ballot belongs to Every Day Should Be Saturday (EDSBS).

If you’re a fan of EDSBS — as I generally am — you know that it is a hyper-successful college football blog with strong Florida Gator roots. Unfortunately, their latest offering for MGoBlog’s Blog Poll is an abomination that not even Wilner himself would claim as his own.

Let’s get started, shall we:

1. Ohio State

I don’t agree, but still, a reasonable pick. So far, so good.

2. Oklahoma

OK, we’re off the reservation. How in the world do you place a team that has beaten only a mediocre Texas team (who has not beaten anyone of note themselves) and a Missouri, who plays in the luxuriously easy Big 12 North. Oh yeah, the fucking lost to Colorado. Colorado!

3. South Florida

See above.

4. LSU
5. South Carolina
6. Boston College
7. Kentucky

All legit picks. We should be getting into West Virginia territory now. Stay tuned.

8. Arizona State
9. Kansas
10. Missouri

Not yet.

11. Cal
12. Oregon
13. Texas
14. USC

Wait for it…

15. Florida

Our first two-loss team. Fantastic.

16. Penn State
17. Auburn
18. Cincinnati
19. Texas Tech

Almost there…

20. West Virginia

Hooray. We’re a ranked team. And in the top 20. We should be so proud. Or not.

20th? Seriously? A team that started ranked in the top 5-6 and who’s only loss came on the road at the #2 team in the land? And we’re only ranked 20th? This is just stupid. Just as in the Joseph Smith South Park episode, “dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb”.

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Rodriguez’s Job Is Safe

In the latest update of the Coaches Hot Seat Ranking, we’re told that apparently Coach Rodriguez’s job is safe…for now. Rodriguez checks in at 106th out of 120 current Div. I-A head coaches (I’ll be damned if I ever call it the Football Bowl Subdivision).

Rodriguez trails some memorable names like Jim Tressel (120 out of 120), Steve Spurrier (119/120), Jim Leavitt (115/120) and Mack Brown (107/120). Personally, I believe Mack Brown will always be on a hotter seat than Rich Rodriguez, national championship and all.

Unfortunately for them, we also see some familiar faces towards the top of the list. Greg Robinson is in trouble (17/120), Mark Snyder is screwed (11/120), and Dave Wannstedt is just plain fucked (7/120).

Hey, at least he’s not Houston Nutt.

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Through Sobriety Comes Redemption

This is good news, seeing as how CFN’s drug problem had run rampant in the past few weeks. Luckily, they put down the pipe, stopped hanging out with Jon Wilner, and got themselves clean.

How do I know this? Because they wrote the following:

West Virginia (5-1, 1-1) – No matter what happens around them, the Mountaineers understand that six wins down the stretch will land them no worse than an at-large BCS bowl berth. After a much-needed week of rest, the journey resumes this Saturday with a visit from Mississippi State.

Rational thought from CFN — whoodathunkit? Unfortunately, they still have us ranked 12th, but one step at a time, OK?

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WVU 9th In ESPN BCS Projections

Brad Edwards of has published the Worldwide Leader’s BCS Projections ahead of the official release next Sunday. Where is West Virginia?


This is very good news. It tells us a few things. The computers don’t hate us. Our strength of schedule is relatively good and should only get better with the match-up with Cincinnati (and I guess Rutgers and UConn). Mississippi State has the chance to be a good game as well. Also, we are high enough that winning out 99.9% guarantees us a BCS berth, no matter if we win the Big EAST or not. This is also good news.

Where are some other teams? LSU is the obvious #1, Cal #2, USF #5, Missouri #6, Oklahoma #12, and USC way down at #13. Being ahead of media darlings Oklahoma and USC should give WVU fans a little excitement. As crazy as this season has gone, the national championship is not completely out of the realm of possibility.

From my perspective, win out and the rest of it will take care of itself.

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You’re On Crack: Jon Wilner Edition

John Wilner writes for the San Jose Mercury in San Jose, California. Also, he’s addicted to crack. Unfortunately, the Associated Press has seen fit to empower this crack addict with his very own AP Poll vote. Hooray for affirmative action. Now, instead of women and minorities, they’re helping out those with an insatiable crank fix.

Just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here is his ballot:

1 Southern Cal
3 Oklahoma

OK, so far, so good.

4 South Carolina

And we officially have a train wreck. Listen, I’m a South Carolina (and Steve Spurrier) fan, but any Blake Mitchell quarterbacked team is more likely to get a DUI than be ranked in the top 5.

5 Wisconsin

Almost lost to The fucking Citadel.

6 Alabama
7 Florida

That’s right, Alabama AHEAD of Florida. And by the way, have you noticed we haven’t seen WVU yet?

8 California
9 Penn St.
10 Oregon
11 Texas
12 Boston College

Still looking for WVU.

13 Nebraska

What. The. Fuck. Nebraska lost a game. They actually got blown out. Sure it was by the #1 team in the country, but they looked awful doing it. So, I repeat. What the fuck?

14 Ohio St.

Still looking.

15 West Virginia

There we go. Remember boys and girls, West Virginia is the 15th best team in the country. We would definitely not beat Nebraska or Boston College or Texas because those teams are ranked ahead of us. And Jon Wilner controls the college football universe. That prick.

But just because he’s screwing WVU doesn’t mean he’s not screwing other teams, too.

16 Georgia
17 South Florida
18 Arkansas
19 Virginia Tech
20 Clemson
21 Missouri
22 Cincinnati
23 Appalachian St.
24 Rutgers

Teams in this grouping that have lost a game: 3. Georgia, Arkansas, and Virginia Tech. Football Championship Series teams: 1. These teams are all apparently better than Rutgers. Yeah fucking right. Rutgers would be favored in every single one of these games. Even at Virginia Tech.

Props, though, for the Cincinnati ranking. Unfortunately, everything else was so retarded that it clouds the praise.

25 Georgia Tech

Didn’t want to leave #25 out.