There is a lot of preseason hype leading into the 2018 season for West Virginia. With Will Grier and David Sills coming back, Bleacher Report has West Virginia ranked No. 13 in their way-too-early top 25.
This makes West Virginia the second-highest ranked team in the Big 12 in this poll. Bleacher Report has Oklahoma ranked No. 7. There is just one other team ranked in the top 25, with TCU checking in at No. 25. With most of the quarterbacks in the Big 12 graduating, there are lowed expectations around the league.
— WVU DieHards (@WVUDieHards) February 8, 2018
This is the highest preseason ranking Bleacher Report has given the Mountaineers since they joined the Big 12.
Last season the Mountaineers finished the season 7-6. In the final game of the season the Mountaineers suffered a 30 to 14 loss to the Utah Utes in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. The Mountaineers were poised for a stronger finish before an injury to Will Grier in the Texas game. The Mountaineers did not win another game after the injury to Grier.
It will be very interesting to see whether or not the Mountaineers are able to live up to these lofty predictions. Athlon and ESPN both also have the Mountaineers ranked in their way-too-early top 25 rankings.