The last thing we want to do is start counting our chickens before they hatch, but if I were the acting town manager in Morgantown (BTW, there’s a vacancy for this job if you’re interested), I’d be making my support staff aware of the fact that there is a very real possibility that the city of 30,000 may play host to the ESPN College GameDay crew two Saturdays from now!
Again, a lot can happen between now and Saturday, November 19, 2016… as of this moment, we don’t even know which of these two jokers is about to fall into the Presidency… but if things go the way they are predicted, the Oklahoma at West Virginia football game may feature the top matchup in all of college football for the weekend.
Provided the Mountaineers can get out of Texas with a win over the 5-4 Longhorns — and provided that Oklahoma can keep their undefeated Big XII record in tack against a faltering Baylor team that should really consider changing their name to the Cubs — the November 19 matchup will feature two teams that are currently ranked 9th and 10th in the nation (presumably these two teams will only move up if they can make it safely through the coming weekend).
An even more important fact concerning this game is that it may serve as a defacto Big XII Championship meeting — especially if the Cowboys from Oklahoma State fall this Saturday against Texas Tech.
Mountaineer fans may have felt as though their lives had ended in Stillwater a week or so ago, but as top-ranked teams continue to fall like flies entering the unforgiving November stretch, all may not be lost after all.
One month of regular season football still remaing equates to a lot of incredible opportunities for Goliaths to fall.
Wouldn’t it be something for Louisville (UVA took them to the final second last week) to get beat against Kentucky? Or for Clemson to lose any one of their upcoming games (They only beat Troy and NCST by a touchdown and FSU and Louisville by a field goal)? Don’t forget that Alabama still has to host #9 Auburn.
The point I’m making with the above paragraph is that the Mountaineers have an uphill battle to make it to the playoffs, but don’t believe the “corrupt media” just yet — it’s still early in November and we’ve yet to see what a weekend of conference championship games will produce around the nation.
Back to the original premise of this article — If the Eers and Sooners can make it through this weekend, don’t be surprised to see lines of unstudied freshmen setting up tents and vying for the prized spot inside the Mountainlair Plaza.
However, I will offer a word of caution to the West Virginia faithful: when it comes to hosting ESPN College GameDay we haven’t faired so well… The Mountaineers are 0-2 when ESPN GameDay comes to Morgantown.
With this said, West Virginia’s historic 70-33 rout of Clemson in the Orange Bowl a few years ago was also performed before the GameDay audience… So not all is lost when the Mountaineers find themselves playing in front of Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and the gang!
But first, let’s focus on #HornsDown.
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