WVU Schedule Analysis Released

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:

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Oliver Luck Speaks out on WVU Move to Big 12

Students of West Virginia University can attest, the schools move to the Big 12 has stirred up quite a bit of excitement. The school seemed restless and in need of change when rumors of a possible move to the SEC spurred hopes. The Greeks on campus seemed especially amiable towards the prospect. To their chagrin, the school was not able to go SEC and instead elected to join the Big 12.

Many fans will say that the Big 12 is a better fit for WVU’s football program than the SEC but that’s to be determined. For now we’ll have to content ourselve’s with, WVU Athletic
e. Director, Oliver Luck’s comments on the mov

Luck, who has not been shy about matter, went into detail with ESPN’s David Ubben.

Initially, when Texas A&M appeared ready to leave the Big 12, Luck became
Luck reiterated how significant a role Syracuse and Pitt’s move to the ACC played in his decision making. “I think it was pretty obvious that the league was going to struggle. We hadn’t added a new member since 2005.”aware of a rumor that Pitt was on “short list” to replace the Aggies. He realized that “there’s no reason that West Virginia shouldn’t be on the Big 12 short list”.

The Big East has lost its sense of identity. When WVU joined the conference in 91′, the Mountaineers were surrounded by teams like Virginia Tech and Miami. Now, the only original football squad left from that time is Rutgers. Would students and faculty really settle for such mediocrity?

Its pretty clear they made the right move. Even though a lawsuit forced the school to pony up $20 million to the Big East for leaving early, the donations and ticket sales generated by the hype are “unprecedented” according to Luck.

Last week, Luck spoke out to ESPN on the Big 12 and possible expansion. Read more here.

NCAA Football 13′ features Big 12 Athletes

What a year to be a former Heisman winner. EA Sport’s NCAA Football’s upcoming installment will feature Robert Griffin III with Barry Sanders.

The new game features updated graphics and presentation values with a new quarterback-receiver response system and Heisman Challenge game mode so that you may win college football’s highest honor.

Fans voted former Oklahoma State RB Barry Sanders onto the cover over University of Georgia RB Herschel Walker in the final hour of voting.

The upcoming football season is highly anticipated and I suspect it will not disappoint. The hype over these developments will undoubtedly fuel the Big 12’s already heated rivalries and with new additions WVU and TCU to the roster, the 2012-13 season is sure to be interesting.

WVU is Chris Huston’s Favorite for Heisman Contenders

Chris Huston of the Heisman Pundit recently released his Big 12 Heisman picks with West Virginia University appearing the sure winner.

Huston’s number one Heisman candidate was none other than WVU Quarterback, Geno Smith. Throwing for almost 4,400 yards this year, Smith lead the Mountaineers to a 70-33 win over the Clemson Tigers in the 2012 Orange bowl.

Another Mountaineer, Tavon Austin, made Huston’s list under the “Dark Horse” category. Austin is widely regarded as one of college football’s most versatile skill players hailing from Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Maryland.

Head coach Dana Holgorsen’s high-speed spread offense is sure to shake up the Big 12 this fall.

Big 12 Awards Oklahoma State their Championship Rings

The Cowboys had an outstanding season going 12-1 and although they didn’t make it to the national championship they are still the Big 12’s champions.

The rings are huge, diamond studded affairs with the player’s names on the side.

The one game the Cowboys lost was to Iowa State and unfortunately prevented them from competing for the National title.

 

(photo courtesy of @JBlatnick)