This afternoon, the American Football Coaches Association released the inaugural poll for the 2022 college football season. While preseason rankings change drastically compared to the end of the year, polls generate excitement amongst fans and build anticipation for upcoming matchups.

 As expected, Alabama claims the top spot in the poll, followed by Ohio State second and Georgia, the reigning national champions, third. Clemson and Notre Dame round out the top five. However, even though West Virginia did not receive a spot in the initial top 25, the Mountaineers will have the chance to upset five opponents who did make the coaches’ poll. 

Morgantown will not have to wait long to root for their first top 25 upset as the Pittsburgh Panthers are ranked 16th in the country. With the Backyard Brawl only a few weeks away, Pittsburg’s ranking will add to the anticipation for this historic rivalry. 

Neal Brown and his team will have to wait another month before they travel down to Austin on October 1st and face Texas, who starts the season ranked 18th. 

The Mountaineers will have a much-needed bye before returning to Morgantown on October 13th to play the 10th-ranked Baylor Bears. Then, students will welcome 9th-ranked Oklahoma to Mountaineer field on November 12th. While these rankings will change, having two home games against preseason top 10 teams only adds to this upcoming season’s excitement. 

West Virginia finishes the regular season by traveling to Stillwater and clashing with 11th-ranked Oklahoma State. 

Kansas State and Iowa State also received votes but were left out of the top 25.