After WVU, I voted for Kansas State, which has been very impressive and has a road win at Oklahoma on its resume. Florida defeated LSU, but, again, it was in the Swamp and by just 14-6. Does anyone believe WVU couldn't defeat LSU at home this season, and probably by more than 14-6?
The Gators, however, do have earned credit, in addition to the LSU win. They've defeated both Texas A&M (20-17) and Tennessee (37-20) on the road. So it's a taster's choice between WVU and Florida.
This week, it was a tough taster's choice. UF was ranked ahead of West Virginia in the Associated Press poll by a mere five votes, 1,265-1,260.
I hear you. What about Lou Holtz's beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish?
Well, coach Brian Kelly has done a fine job. The team has wins at Navy and Michigan State. It has back-to-back wins over Michigan (13-6) and Miami, Fla. (41-3). But sorry, Dr. Lou, I don't jump Notre Dame for winning at home over a Hurricane team that lost 52-13 to Kansas State.
Oddly, my vote mirrored that of the coaches. (Kind of gives me the willies. Usually, the coaches' poll isn't close to as accurate as the AP poll.)
The Mountaineers are No. 4 in the USA Today poll. K-State is No. 5. That's as it should be.
WVU accomplished something Saturday that wasn't as it should be. It won in front of a very large crowd that was unusually vocal.
Proving Frank wrong in that regard, but correct in another.
The Mountaineers certainly weren't intimidated.
And for that, they should be given credit.
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