The 2017 starts off with the West Virginia Mountaineers ranked in both the AP and Coaches Poll. #22 in the AP Top 25 and #20 in the Coaches Poll. The AP poll debuted Monday morning.
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West Virginia’s first opponent Virginia Tech starts out the season ranked one spot ahead of the Mountaineers at #21. Going off the current poll, WVU will face five ranked teams this season. Oklahoma Sooners (#7), Oklahoma State Cowboys (#10), Kansas State Wildcats (#20) Texas Longhorns(#23) and of course the Virginia Tech Hokies (#21).
Despite not much recent success, the Longhorns sneak into the top 25 based on the hope that new coach Tom Herman brings to the program.
The Big 12 has 5 teams ranked in the top 25, trailing only the 6 that the SEC has in the poll. The ACC will also have 5 teams in the top 25 to start the season, followed by the Pac-12 and Big Ten who both have 4.