The Alabama Crimson Tide have just won their one billionth national title under dark overlord Nick Saban with a 26-23 overtime win against the Georgia Bulldogs but we are turning to the 2018 season. ESPN has already released their version of the top 25 and check out where they put the West Virginia Mountaineers.
10. West Virginia
2017 record: 7-6, 5-4 Big 12
Returning starters: Seven offense, seven defense, two special teams
Key losses: RB Justin Crawford, WR Ka’Raun White, G Kyle Bosch, LB Al-Rasheed Benton, LB Elijah Battle, S Kyzir White, CB Mike Daniels Jr.
Outlook: As soon as quarterback Will Grier and All-American receiver David Sills V announced they were returning for their senior seasons, West Virginia became Oklahoma’s biggest threat in the Big 12. There’s no doubt that the Mountaineers are going to score a lot of points this coming season. With Sills, Gary Jennings and Alabama transfer T.J. Simmons, the Mountaineers might have the best receiving corps in the country in 2018.
But West Virginia has to continue to improve on defense to become a legitimate Big 12 title contender. The Mountaineers open the season against Tennessee in Charlotte, and they play Kansas State, TCU and Oklahoma at home in Big 12 play.
Combining a top-ten ranking along with early national title odds from Westgate and the 2018 season looking like the best season in a long time for WVU.