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West Virginia Selected Eighth in 2020 Big 12 Preseason Media Poll

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The media seem to have about as much confidence in this Mountaineer squad as I have in there actually being a college football season.

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For a second consecutive year, the West Virginia Mountaineers have been predicted to finish eighth overall in the Big 12 Conference for the upcoming college football season.

The Oklahoma Sooners were picked to win the conference for a fifth straight year, with their Bedlam counterparts coming in second with six first place votes.

The Mountaineers received 287 points, narrowly beating out the Texas Tech Red Raiders, after finishing the 2019 season with a 3-6 conference record — landing them exactly where the media had predicted, eighth place.

Those same voters don’t appear to be too confident in much improvement from West Virginia in their upcoming 2020 campaign, which from an analytical perspective isn’t that outlandish. Spring training getting stopped by the COVID-19 pandemic before it ever had the chance to get started certainly did not help toward any progression — as is true for every other college football team — but even now that the voluntary workouts that started in June have gave way to mandatory workouts, there are still several questions surrounding this team. What should we realistically expect from this squad — provided there even is a college football season? I mean, at the moment, do we even have a defensive coordinator?

In the big picture, the preseason predictions don’t actually mean anything, but it is a good barometer for how your team is viewed by the experts and what kind of storylines we have built in heading into the season.

Don’t stress over a preseason prediction, just wear your mask and hope that we actually have some sort of college football season this Fall.