ESPN’s Dave Ubben released analyses for WVU’s football schedule this year. The school is approaching its first season in the Big 12 and expectations are high.
Even Ubben sets the bar high for Morgantown’s Mountaineers.
He pegs Oklahoma as the team to beat, but also stresses the October game against the Longhorns: “Texas should be much improved, and when West Virginia comes to town Texas could very well be 4-0 with a win over Big 12 champion Oklahoma State”
A lot of buzz has been brewing in the student section over the contest against JMU that will take place at FedEx field in Washington D.C. Ubben shoots the bee from the hip, predicting a stale match against JMU’s Duke Dogs. He hedges his bets though stating “Be careful with this one, though. James Madison knocked off 11-win Virginia Tech in 2010, which went on to go undefeated in the ACC.”
The entire schedule can be viewed below:
What do all yall think?
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The Longhorns bull through at number four. These numbers are tentative but don’t expect them to go far from the top. The Sooners sit pretty at number 12. They’re odds aren’t as good. Texas’s top prospect is man eater Darius James (Center,pictured)nrepresented. Some fans may consider underdog status an advantage this early on.
There are a few implications to be drawn from the list. Firstly, if FSU leaves the ACC for the SEC that will make that will make Southern superpower even more significant.
The Pacific side is only represented in the top ten by USC at number eight and the Big Ten has Michigan in very first place with OSU close behind at number seven.
Truthfully the situation is bleak for the ACC. The SEC will continue to dominate but things may begin to unwind for their Big 10 counterparts.Michiganis overrated and OSU’s situation might be similarly tremulous. Expect for a lot of Big 12 sleepers to do big things (I’m talking to you WVU).
Alabama came in at number three. I’m thinking repeat.
Jim Lamar from the Tallahassee Democrat seems sure, the ACC has cause for concern.
Firstly there is the financial situation Lamar points out: “Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis announced last Friday that the Big 12 agreed to distribute $19 million to eight of its members to close out the 2011-12 fiscal year. Departing members Missouri and Texas A&M did not receive payouts; neither did incoming members TCU andWest Virginia.”
Right now, FSU is in a position where an extra few million dollars would go a long way. Doak Campbell Stadium needs renovations, the basketball coaches need a raise, and the athletic department had coffers to replenish.
Lamar notes that the new additions won’t be compensated fully until later: “TCU and West Virginia will only be given a 50-percent share and will not receive full shares until 2016.”
So if the ACC dissolves and FSU and Clemson head Big 12 (or should I say Big 14), what will happen to schools like UMD and Miami?
Read the USA Today Article here.