MORGANTOWN - Odds and ends and a few things I think I think as yet another college football season winds down without West Virginia as a major player:
Actually, it's three times in 119 years, which is the number of seasons the school has played football.
By being relevant we mean in the discussion for a national championship. There have been a couple of other times WVU has been unbeaten and highly ranked late in the season, but those blew up quickly. In 2006 it happened when the No. 3 Mountaineers lost at No. 5 Louisville the first weekend in November. If you'd like to go back to 1955, Pappy Lewis' team was 7-0 and No. 6 before losing to Pitt and Syracuse back-to-back.
We bring this up not to denigrate or belittle, but as a reality check. West Virginia is now playing harder games in a tougher conference than at any time in those 119 years. Did you really think that a second-year coach was going to take a team he didn't recruit through the most difficult schedule (by a mile) in school history without some glitches?
Granted, some of those glitches are embarrassing and almost inexplicable, but really now. In 119 years West Virginia has had three late-season shots at the summit, every one of them while playing a suspect schedule. The way the Mountaineers have gotten to 5-3 might be shocking, but that they are there is certainly not.
My 6-year-old, Annie, can't vote, of course, but if she could she would vote for "Rocco Bama.'' The most interesting thing she's learned about the candidates in her first-grade class is that one's hobby is playing basketball and the other's is riding horses. I'm thinking that's her basis for the vote.
Just a guess, but that's probably deeper than a lot of partisan voters go before marking their ballot.
But just for kicks and giggles, imagine that Alabama, Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame finish 12-0 or 13-0. Why can't the BCS powers that be get together and just decide to accelerate the four-team playoff scheduled for 2014 to now?