September 29, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers mascot and a cheerleader celebrate a touchdown in the first half in the game against the Baylor Bears at Milan Puskar Stadium. West Virginia defeated Baylor 70-63. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

Geno's Big Day and Stanford's Collapse Propel WVU Higher in Polls

This past Saturday was a big day for the Mountaineers. WVU successfully navigated their inaugural Big XII game, with an arena league-esque 70-63 win over Baylor. The game was closer than many expected, but the closer than expected tag would be the theme of the week in college football.

Florida State struggled to put away a hapless South Florida squad. LSU built a big lead against perennial loser Towson, before having to rally late to preserve a 38-22 win (which it is just pathetic to give up 22 points to Towson, even with your back-ups). The only real surprise in the top 10 came on Thursday night.

Stanford entered the game as the big favorite against a solid Huskies squad. Josh Nunes and the Stanford passing game could not get into any kind of rhythm due to the Huskies coverage. Even with their struggles, the Cardinal held a 13-3 lead late into the third quarter. That was when Bishop Sankey took over, leading the Huskies to a 17-13 come from behind win.

Thanks to Washington’s upset victory, the Mountaineers moved up one spot in both the AP and Coaches’ polls to 8th and 7th respectively. In the grand daddy of them all, the Mountaineers were elevated to 6th in the Fansided Top 25.

As always, for disclosure purposes, below is how I voted in the poll for the top 10.

  1. Alabama
  2. Oregon
  3. Florida State
  4. LSU
  5. Georgia
  6. West Virginia
  7. South Carolina
  8. Kansas State
  9. Texas
  10. Notre Dame

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