After maintaining a top ten offense in the country, even after star quarterback Will Grier went down, the West Virginia Mountaineers are poised for big things in the 2018 season. Head coach Dana Holgerson inherits his best roster in over half a decade, but with limited depth and a nightmarish schedule, anything is really in the cards for 2018. If they can do the almighty and avoid the injury bug because they just can’t afford it at any position, 10 wins and a bowl game in January is foreseeable.
With talent and star power across the board, Dana Holgerson is going to be under the spotlight with big expectations for the 2018 season. Will Grier may be the best quarterback in the entire country, but with that is coming to come unfair scrutiny and plethora of media attention. It will be important for Holgerson to keep his guys composed as they try to bring back the magic that led them to the Orange Bowl in the 2012 season. Assuming the Mountaineers can maintain stability in the health department, this is undoubtedly coach Holgerson’s most talented group since the run in 2012. Although they possess all the talent in the world, the schedule is a nightmare. Tennesse and NC State are as tough as out-of-conference games get, and with the Big 12 looking loaded on paper this year, the Mountaineers have win range that could go anywhere from six to 11. In this hypothesis, we are going to avoid any key injuries which should give West Virginia a good shot at being 8-0 heading into the week 10 matchup against Texas. The Longhorns also hold big expectations this year and could be a legitimate playoff contender, so we give them the slight edge over WVU. After that, the stretch of TCU, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma will determine if WVU is going to a New Years Six bowl are hardly bowl eligible. The power of the schedule cannot be ignored.
Record: Wins, Losses
Week 1: West Virginia 45, Tennessee 35 (W)
Week 2: West Virginia 49, Youngstown State 20 (W)
Week 3: West Virginia 31, NC State 30 (W)
Week 4: West Virginia 35, Kansas State 24 (W)
Week 5: West Virginia 28, Texas Tech 23 (W)
Week 6: West Virginia 42, Kansas 14 (W)
Week 7: West Virginia 35, Iowa State 28 (W)
Week 8: Bye
Week 9: West Virginia 33, Baylor 17 (W)
Week 10: West Virginia 24, Texas 35 (L)
Week 11: West Virginia 27, TCU 21 (W)
Week 12: West Virginia 35, Oklahoma State 31 (W)
Week 13: West Virginia 35, Oklahoma 38 (L)