After 21 seasons in the Big East, the Mountaineers moved on to the Big 12 despite being a geographic misfit for the conference. Still, the tougher competition beat down on West Virginia and they ended up finishing near the bottom of the conference despite making the Pinstripe Bowl. Geno Smith continued superb play in his fourth year, although his critics followed him all the way to the NFL Draft where he was taken by the New York Jets. New quarterbacks Paul Millard and Ford Childress supposedly will be able to maintain a strong offense, and it’ll help to have running back Andrew Buie return. Unbelievably, WV had two receivers with 114 receptions—Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. Austin are Bailey are now St. Louis Rams, so the Mountaineers will need a new top receiver or two; perhaps third receiver J.D. Woods (61 receptions, 637 yards). The defense (117th in the nation) needs help. And it’ll get it from seven returning starters and five four-star defensive recruits, none of whom are actually from West Virginia. With a total of nine four-star recruits, WVU did a fantastic job of plucking talent out of other states from all over the East Coast. And that’s exactly what an upstart program like theirs needs to do to become a major player in their new conference. A second-week matchup at Oklahoma will be extremely difficult, but at least they’ll get it over with before later challenges at Baylor, Kansas State, and at home vs Oklahoma State. Still, with Smith, Austin, and Bailey gone, it's could be a challenge to make a bowl.
Previously, the Mountaineers were a powerhouse in the now-defunct Big East Conference. The Mountaineers operate under head coach Dana Holgorsen at Milan Puskar Stadium, which holds about 60,000 fans. Rivalry-wise, Maryland is the only one they have left after the conference change, and that ends in 2017. They have dormant rivalries with Virginia Tech, Syracuse, and, most notably, Pittsburgh. WVU doesn’t have a national title but they do have 15 conference titles and 30 bowl appearances. In the last 10 years the Mountaineers have made three BCS games: a 2005 win in the Sugar Bowl, a 2007 win in the Fiesta Bowl, and 2011’s rout over Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Gold Coast Tickets does not want you to miss out on the action as the Mountaineers look to take their high-powered offense into the Big 12. Gold Coast Tickets has the best selection for all your college football needs this season!