As the season draws closer and closer, the hype and expectations grow larger.
Last week when West Virginia was picked to finish second to Oklahoma in its first season in the Big 12 and senior quarterback Geno Smith was named the league’s preseason Offensive Player of the Year over the Sooners’ veteran starting quarterback Landry Jones, it solidified the fact that without even playing a down as a member of the conference yet, West Virginia had already gained respect throughout the Big 12.
The expectations entering this first season are higher than ever, but the Mountaineers aren’t worrying about them.
“I’m not surprised,” Smith said. “That’s something that we all want. When we step on the field, we want to be No. 1.
“We’ve got 12 games to prove it, and what better way to do it than out on the field?”
Don’t worry. Holgo Ball will fit in quite nicely with the Big 12, who all seem to have forgotten that defense is part of the game of football and, in the college game, is at least as important as offense.
Slinging the ball all over the field in a 42-38 shootout might make for great television, but it’s not winning any hardware outside of the Big 12.