The Mountaineers have taken their beatings the past two weeks on the field. Now, they are taking their beatings in the polls.
West Virginia was given a bit of a pass from the national media and coaches after last week’s blow out loss in Lubbock, TX. This week, the pollsters were not nearly as lenient on the Mountaineers. Not one of the pollsters was overly impressed with the pummeling WVU took in front of their own home crowd. Fortunately for West Virginia, the pollsters gave the Mountaineers one last chance to prove that they are a top 25 team.
The voters in the AP Poll dropped the Mountaineers to the brink of their poll at #25. That is a drop of 8 spots from last week’s poll. WVU finished 30 points behind #24 Louisiana Tech and just 28 points ahead of Toledo. That should be a harsh reality check for Holgorsen’s team.
Apparently the coaches around the country have more faith in the Mountaineers after two large losses than the national media did. WVU slipped 7 spots in the Coaches Poll to #22 this week. The Mountaineers are looking up at Texas A&M and just below at Ohio, who will probably leap frog the Mountaineers with a victory this coming week against Miami (OH).
The coaches faith in West Virginia paled in comparison to the faith of the computer rankings. The Mountaineers caught somewhat of a break in the BCS Poll, only sliding to #19 after a humiliating defeat. The computer polls obviously see something that the national media and coaches do not see. But like the old expression goes; don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. WVU will take this horse and ride.
In the most objective and diverse poll of them all, the Fansided Top 25, the Mountaineers were not given a hall pass. West Virginia fell from #17 to #25 this week. WVU hung on to the last spot by a mere 6 points over outsider Penn State.
The way the Mountaineers dropped in the polls should be no surprise to anyone who has subjected themselves to the torturous last 120 minutes of Mountaineers “football.” Again for the record, this is how I voted for the top 10 in the most recent Fansided Poll:
- Kansas State
- Notre Dame
- Oregon State
- Mississippi State
I voted for WVU at #25.