I remember not long ago the absolute shear adrenaline rushing through this tired body on Saturday mornings knowing that WVU football equaled one of the best programs in the country playing yet another game in 12 "one game seasons". We knew our talent level was better than our competitors and that the coaching staff would do just enough to lead the "Old Gold and Blue".......
to another victory. Our fan base was electric and the national buzz for this state's flagship university was very audible. People in Ohio would come up to me and say how much they enjoy watching WVU and all of its skill players w/ very aggressive offenses (not unlike the current team!). I remember games like AT Louisville, AT South Florida, vs. Pitt where WVU fans literally cried because it meant that the rest of the season was being played for a t-shirt at Walmart in "the 1.8 share (named for the ratings it received) Bowl".
A few years ago when WVU suffered its first loss on the gridiron everybody was dejected. Do you think it mattered that the game was in Louisville, Tampa, etc.????? HELL NO! We were pissed because we had the better talent, the better program and the better players.
I come to this blog and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw some of the responses minimizing the magnitude of ONE loss to our season. In college football, you play for 3-0, 4-0, 5-0, etc. and each week gets crazier than the next. It is freaking awesome and the atmosphere gets crazier and crazier w/ each passing week. That is now gone, because of this loss to a team w/ supposedly inferior talent.
However, I can eventually get over our first loss of the season to Auburn, but it'll be hard to get over the fact that this blog, which is a great representation of WVU fans, seems to have confirmed that the expectations at WVU are indeed lower, based on some of the posts I read.
For those of you new to college football....When you're a program like WVU, and you suffer your first loss, it pretty much means you can no longer play for the pinnacle in that sport. I know, I know isn't it the craziest thing you've ever heard? It's just how it is in college football....."one and done"