Neal Brown has a rebuild on his hands in Morgantown. Any Mountaineers fair who is being fair can admit as much. But to make matters worse, WVU has to face the toughest non-conference in the Big 12 Conference.
I’ve noted in several podcasts throughout the off-season that Brown has his hands full with James Madison, Missouri and N.C. State in the non-conference this season. Sure, there is no LSU Tigers like the Texas Longhorns have to deal with, but in terms of depth of steady and tough competition, the Mountaineers take the top spot in the Big 12.
We knew that the Missouri Tigers would be a formidable foe out of the SEC. Mizzou reached the Liberty Bowl last season where they lost to Oklahoma State. Meantime, N.C. State has gone 9-4 each of the past two seasons and reached the Gator Bowl where they lost to Texas A&M last year.
Well the team we aren’t talking as much about is FCS opponent James Madison, who was just given the best odds in the nation to win the National Championship at 2/1 per Las Vegas.
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Anyway, now you’ve got the West Virginia Mountaineers playing two Power 5 programs who played in bowl games the last couple of seasons, plus the odds-on favorite to win the FCS National Championship, all while working in plenty of new pieces, including at quarterback. Godspeed, Neal Brown.
This is also one of the reasons I’m taking the “under” on the Mountaineers this season.
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