The Problem with WVU Football

WVU’s losing streak is now at three games after suffering yet another loss last weekend to Kansas State. Let’s talk about what went wrong and… ugh, never mind. Who am I kidding? There are so many problems with the WVU football program this season that it doesn’t seem to matter who we play – the outcome is the same and I sound like a broken record in all my posts.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not abandoning my beloved Mountaineers (or you lovely readers). I was born and raised in West Virginia and I’m a WVU alum. And, I’ve stuck with the Mountaineers through worse times than this. The Don Nehlen years come to mind. But let’s get real folks, there is a very distinct possibility we are not going to a bowl game for the first time since 2001. We need to win three of our four remaining games to be bowl eligible, and I don’t really see that happening. Why not? Well, let’s break it down.

Our offense is inconsistent and ineffective.

Let’s start with the obvious. We aren’t scoring points. There are too many penalties. There are too many turnovers. There aren’t enough third down conversions. We’re not good at running the ball. We’re not good at throwing the ball. We’re not good at catching the ball. There are quarterback problems, heck, there are problems with the whole offensive line. There’s been discussion in Football Land about whether this is the fault of the players or Coach Holgorsen. There’s a pretty vocal contingent of Mountaineer fans that would like Holgorsen’s head on a stick Holgorsen to get fired.

I’ll admit, I’ve been straddling the fence about whether or not Holgorsen should go. But ultimately, I’ve decided he deserves at least one more year. Has he made some bad calls? Yep. Has he broken too many headsets? Definitely. He’s also dealing with a whole bunch of inexperienced players. And the only solution to that is well… experience. Hopefully with time will come improvement in skills and better chemistry.

Too many changes in coaching staff.

WVU is on its third head coach in just the last decade. That’s a fairly significant amount of turnover. Not to mention the turnover in the assistant coaching positions. I think we have maybe one assistant coach who has been in the same position for more than one season. That is a lot of change for one football program to deal with. It’s also another reason I’m not in such a hurry to kick Coach Holgorsen to the curb. He’s coaching players he had no (or a very small) part in recruiting. He’s still trying to get his staff sorted and get them all on the same page. Or at least get them reading the same book.

We’re in a more competitive conference.

There is no question that the Big 12 > the Big East. We’re playing better teams and we’re playing more ranked teams. Yes, this is our second year in the conference, but last year we had Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, and Stedman Bailey. *sniffs* *wipes tear*

Let’s all observe a moment of silence before I move on to my next, and final, point.

4th Quarter Problems

Despite all the issues mentioned above, we have managed to play some decent football this season. Yes, I’m going to bring up that Oklahoma State upset again because it’s all I have to cling to. While the offense makes me cry and special teams makes me want to throw things, the defense generally makes me happy. In each loss we’ve suffered this season, at some point in the game we either had the lead or were not trailing by too much. Each loss could have been a win. I don’t know what it is that’s going wrong, but it seems to involve the last half of the game, and the 4th quarter in particular. The 3rd quarter ends and the whole team forgets how to play football. Every player, every position.

So, what’s going to happen tomorrow against TCU? Haven’t you been paying attention at all? We’re going to lose. TCU isn’t that great this season either – they share our 3-5 record and quarterback woes – but I think they have a (slightly) better defense and a smaller propensity for turnovers and penalties.

What are your thoughts… agree? Disagree? Leave a comment here or tweet me @wvgridirongirl.

Game time is 3:30 pm – be there with your alcoholic beverage and anti-depressant of choice because you’re going to need them.

“Let’s Go………. Mountaineers!” she said, crying softly.

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