Mountaineers WR Kevin White is a long-shot contender for the Heisman trophy, but he may be the best deep-threat WR in the nation.
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Going into their game against the Baylor Bears, the West Virginia Mountaineers were looked at as a middle-of-the-pack team in this year’s surprisingly competitive Big XII conference. With the two losses coming to #2 Alabama and #4 Oklahoma in the first month, the team’s prior four wins over Towson, Maryland, Kansas and Texas Tech were really not taken seriously. But the stellar passing combination of QB Clint Trickett and WR Kevin White have kept the Mountaineers offense in every game this season. The two losses to teams known for blowing teams out of the water were by a combined 22 points, and in both cases West Virginia was able to drop at least 23 points on some of the league’s best defenses.
There is still a lot of football to be played before a Big XII conference champion is declared, but with 3 games left on the schedule against the other three viable champions – #10 TCU, #11 Kansas State and Oklahoma State – the Mountaineers could be in the running for the title until the final weeks of the season.
Here are the power rankings of the SEC conference teams heading into Week 9:
10. Kansas – The punching bag of the Big XII gets a respite in Week 9. And they’ll need it when they travel to Waco to a very hungry, very angry Baylor Bears team.
9. Iowa State – With already four losses in the Big XII just this season, the November 8 matchup with Kansas will prove once and for all who the worst team in the Big XII really is.
8. Texas Tech – Surprisingly enough, Texas Tech may be able to top TCU in a trap game this week. That would be the 2nd biggest Big XII offense we’ve seen this year.