Now that the National Championship is over and the Alabama Crimson Tide are once again National Champions, ESPN came out with their “Way to Early Top 25” for next season. While the Top 5 are teams you’d expect (Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Georgia), if you move down the list a little more to No. 10, you will find the Mountaineers. WVU is ahead of teams such as Penn State, Auburn, Michigan and Virginia Tech.
“As soon as quarterback Will Grier and All-American receiver David Sills V announced they were returning for their senior seasons, West Virginia became Oklahoma’s biggest threat in the Big 12. There’s no doubt that the Mountaineers are going to score a lot of points this coming season. With Sills, Gary Jennings and Alabama transfer T.J. Simmons, the Mountaineers might have the best receiving corps in the country in 2018.
But West Virginia has to continue to improve on defense to become a legitimate Big 12 title contender. The Mountaineers open the season against Tennessee in Charlotte, and they play Kansas State, TCU and Oklahoma at home in Big 12 play.”
Next season is an important one for the entire team and especially for Coach Dana Holgorsen. The loses of Justin Crawford, Al-Rasheed Benton, Ka’Raun and Kyrzir White are big loses, but with the best Holgorsen recruiting class to date, Grier, Sills, Gary Jennings, David Long, Yodny Cajuste and Alabama transfer T.J. Simmons all returning to Morgantown, and not having to deal with Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph or Kenny Hill, competing for the Big 12 title in and a possible spot in the College Football Playoff is a realistic expectation for this team next year.
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