THIS SHOULD be one of the best weeks in West Virginia University football history.
The No. 16 Mountaineers are hosting the No. 2 LSU Tigers this Saturday. ESPN's College GameDay will be in Morgantown.
It's cause for excitement.
Except, that is, for conference realignment talk and, in WVU's case, fears dashing the excitement like a mother-in-law dashes a romantic moment.
The situation is as fluid and raging as the New River - with perhaps a few more twists and turns.
On Monday, University of Oklahoma regents gave university president David Boren authority to take action he deems necessary in regard to conference alignment. Then word leaked the Big East and Big 12 could merge after the raiding subsides.
Yet what is the situation in regard to WVU?
After hours of conversations, texts, etc., with those in the know, it's clear the Mountaineer athletic department is staring at two scenarios.
It has indeed turned to the Southeastern Conference. It's up to the SEC to welcome West Virginia - or turn its back. As of Monday evening, the conference had not said no to the school.
The SEC, of course, has conditionally accepted Texas A&M from the Big 12. Another, 14th, member is expected to be added and the choice might be between WVU and Missouri.
It would make sense to add WVU to balance east and west divisions, but logic and common sense aren't always ingredients in this seismic shift. The league could also move to 16 teams and accept WVU then.
The other realistic scenario is the Mountaineers get passed over by the SEC and remain in the reconfigured Big East.
What would that look like? It depends. The most reliable sources believe the Atlantic Coast Conference will continue its raid of the Big East and take in Connecticut and Rutgers.
If Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas (possibly Texas Tech as well) bolt for the Pac-12 and the SEC sops up Missouri instead of WVU, the lineup could look like this: Cincinnati, Louisville, South Florida, WVU, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, TCU and, perhaps, Texas Tech.
One suggestion was the Big East-12 could also take in Boise State, which would be a coup.
But there are other scenarios, albeit longshots, that could unfold for West Virginia.