Trick: West Virginia looking like fool’s gold
With Heisman Trophy candidate and senior leader Will Grier leading the way at quarterback, the West Virginia Mountaineers came out of the gate in the 2018 college football season looking like a possible offensive juggernaut. They started out the year by demolishing Tennessee and then a lesser Youngstown State team. Then, they started Big 12 play with a dominant victory over the often-tough Kansas State Wildcats. As such, the Mountaineers looked to not just be Big 12 contenders, but contenders at large.
After the win at Kansas State, however, the cracks in the West Virginia armor started to show. They went on the road to play Texas Tech and were able to pick up the victory, but not as decisively as they should have. They got out to a big lead in the first half, but then took their foot completely off of the gas pedal and almost allowed the Red Raiders to come all the way back.
The following week, West Virginia only beat a lowly Kansas Jayhawks team by 16 points, which was another bad sign. It all came crumbling down the next week as they went on the road to face Iowa State and were completely dominated in every capacity, giving up 30 points and their offense mustering an unimpressive 14 points in their first loss of the year.
While they have matchups against Texas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma still looming to prove themselves, the West Virginia hype feels unwarranted. In truth, they look like a team that is above average, but nothing more and one that is also prone to inconsistency, which is ultimately a disappointment.