After a long, hot summer, football season is finally here. We have a lot to talk about this season, ladies! (and gentlemen secretly reading. I see you.)

WVU is now in the Big 12 and starting the season ranked at #11. This could be the year the Mountaineers finally get some long overdue respect. A new conference, new teams to play, and maybe a chance at more elite bowls than we’ve played in the past. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. First, we need to take out the Thundering Herd.

Why I’m not worried about Marshall

Um…. it’s Marshall. In the history of the series, Marshall has never beaten WVU. It got a little too close for comfort a few times (see: the 2010 Friends of Coal Bowl) but WVU has always prevailed in the end.

Can I digress for a moment to say I’m not a fan of the whole “Friends of Coal” name? It feels like an attempt to make it a friendly rivalry, and it’s really not. Maybe it’s a rivalry on Marshall’s end, but we Mountaineer fans have always thought of the Thundering Herd as those cute toddlers that want to play with the big kids at the playground.

Why I’m a little worried about Marshall

1. WVU has a disappointing habit of choking inexplicably losing important games that should have easily been won. Fumbling, throwing a pass to the wrong person (like a player on the other team), and falling down on defense have happened with more frequency than I care to admit. Anyone here remember the 2007 Backyard Brawl? WVU was poised to go to the National Championship Game and lost to Pitt, a team with a losing record that year, at home. I’m still a little bitter about that.

2. Speaking of defense, we lost two good players (Bruce Irvin and Julian Miller) to the NFL. Oh yeah, and we also lost our entire defensive coaching staff to Rich Rodriguez at Arizona. You know, Rich Rodriguez, who left his position as WVU’s head coach at the end of the season, right before a bowl game. I’m still a little bitter about that.

Anyway, WVU has always run a 3-3-5 defense, and now we won’t be, so it will be interesting to see how that all plays out.

Players to watch

1. Geno Smith (QB). *sniff sniff* Do you smell that? That’s the smell of Heisman. Enough said.

2. Tavon Austin (WR). Thank you, thank you Tavon for returning for your senior year and not leaving us for the NFL.

3. Jordan Thompson (WR). You’re going to want to keep your eye on this freshman.

Now, ladies, if I’ve confused you with my talk of 3-3-5 defense, conferences, and the smell of Heisman, just hit that subscribe button. Each week I’ll be doing a pre-game post, a little update after the game (if it’s okay with my toddler), and another post focusing on the players, basics of the game, and so on.

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