MORGANTOWN - There are things in this world that just don't make much sense to me.
Like why my 4-year-old never flushes the toilet unless I'm in a hot shower.
How it wound up that the names of all seven continents - minus those pesky North and South designations to America - end with the same letter as they begin. Coincidence or is someone messing with us?
Why there are interstate highways in Hawaii.
Fortunately, though, I don't have to make sense of these things. I have the Answer Dude, and he knows it all.
Please tell me that West Virginia's season is not going to be defined by its loss at LSU. Certainly the Mountaineers will play another game somewhere down the road that at least stirs a modicum of interest on a national scale, right? But if that's not the case, what do we make of WVU's one chance at national recognition?
I suppose if things break right perhaps someone remaining on West Virginia's schedule could rise up and make at least a bit of noise and somehow get back into the rankings, but don't hold your breath. Maybe Pitt runs the table or Cincinnati starts hanging 60 on everyone, but it would still be a stretch to think that a WVU win over anyone remaining on the schedule would be greeted nationally with anything other than a yawn.
As for the 6-point loss at LSU, well, who knows? The Tigers are ranked in or close to the Top 10 right now, but what happens after games against Florida, Auburn and Alabama in the next five weeks? West Virginia's defense looks even better after LSU rang up more than 400 yards against Tennessee, but the fact of the matter is that the only reason LSU is still unbeaten is that the Vols are even dumber than the Tigers. Really, who can't get a play off in 25 seconds with the game on the line? And then who sends out 13 guys to defend the play that they can't get off?
I see where West Virginia is a 28-point favorite over UNLV this weekend. Wow. When was the last time that team was favored by 28 over anyone?