Let me start this by saying that I bleed burnt orange and am an official alum of one of West Virginia's most hated opponents. Now that that is all out of the way I will get to the point...all you WVU "haters" of the country, BACK OFF!
Each week I hear that WVU hasn't played anyone and that they aren't proven. Granted, their schedule isn't the toughest around but if one takes a longer look at it, then it isn't as soft as one might suspect...
Maryland - WVU won 45-24
No, Maryland isn't a top 25 team anymore but they have played well of late losing to ranked Georgia Tech by only 4. Also, they have beaten both UVA and NC State fairly soundly. Freigen is a top tier coach and is always tough to beat.
Syracuse - WVU won 41-17
Syracuse has fallen far from when McNabb was at the helm of the offense. They aren't terrible though. They have a win at Illinois which beat Mich St at their house and beat a very solid Wyoming team to boot.
Miss State - WVU won 42-14
Okay, Miss St isn't very good, granted, but they did keep Georgia in check and came close to pulling out a stunning upset. Keep in mind that UGA was ranked in the top 10 for quite a while.
Now I don't believe for one second that any of these wins should sway fans to think that WVU is #1 material. I only use these examples to show that on the surface, the schedule isn't as bad as it may seem.
Coming up on the schedule is two ranked, and undefeated I might add, teams in Louisville and Rutgers. They also play a much improved Pitt team that boasts the #1 rated QB in the nation. Add to that a team in Cincinnati that gave Ohio St and Virginia Tech fits in the first half of their games and that almost beat Louisville, and I believe you have a very tough schedule down the stretch that I believe should put to rest the thought that WVU's schedule SHOULD keep them out of national title contention.
This is a VERY talented team with two of the more exciting players in the country in Slaton and White. Their offense can hang with anyone, their defense is solid, and they have an outstanding coach in Rodriguez. To me, if they win out, they should have just a good a shot as any PAC-10 undefeated team or SEC one-loss team to go to the national title showdown.
So to all you that "hate" on WVU...I turn my nose up at you and challenge you to watch a WVU game. You will be pleasantly surprised and ultimately delighted to see one of the top 3 teams in the country "get it on"!