Monday, December 18, 2017

WVU Now Controls Its Own Destiny

With WVU beating Baylor this past weekend and Kansas State upsetting Oklahoma the Mountaineers now control their own destiny in the Big 12. This is something the Mountaineers have not had the luxury of since early in the 2012 season.  WVU is currently in a 3-way tie for second in the Big 12. With 5 games remaining on the Mountaineers schedule, all of which are against Big 12 opponents, all they have to do is win out to be the Big 12 Champion.

Yes this is easier said than done. But think about this for a second. Before the season all predictions showed either Baylor or Oklahoma winning the Big 12 Conference. No one, and I mean NO ONE, would have predicted Kansas St, TCU, and WVU leading the conference at this point in the season. With the win over Baylor and WVU having both TCU (Nov 1) and Kansas St (Nov 20) at home  the Mountaineers have everything lined up in their favor.

Remaining road games against Oklahoma St, Texas, and Iowa St are definitely no easy wins. But you can’t help but feel confident moving forward. Qualifying as a “deserving” team for the playoff may be a stretch at this point due to losses to Alabama and Oklahoma early but a BCS Bowl is not out of the question for the Mountaineers right now.

NOTE: According to the Big 12 tiebreaker procedures if two teams have identical conference records at the end of the season the team who won the head-to-head matchup will be the representative. (you can see all tiebreaker procedures here).

Current Big 12 Standings:

Big 12
Conference
Overall
STRK
vs Top 25
 Kansas State
3-0
5-1
W3
1-1
 West Virginia
3-1
5-2
W3
1-2
 Oklahoma State
3-1
5-2
L1
0-2
 Baylor
3-1
6-1
L1
1-0
 TCU
2-1
5-1
W1
2-1
 Oklahoma
2-2
5-2
L1
0-2
 Texas
2-2
3-4
W1
0-3
 Texas Tech
1-3
3-4
W1
0-2
 Iowa State
0-4
2-5
L1
0-3
 Kansas
0-4
2-5
L4
0-1

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