It has generated a ton of buzz for sure.
People are "fine" with being ranked 16th under some 3-loss teams.
People say, "Well, the Big12 was down this year... Oklahoma got killed by Ohio State and Houston and Oklahoma State lost to Central Michigan." And, these same people are saying, "We got killed by Oklahoma and Oklahoma State!"
All those points are true.
But, I contend with this:
WVU had NOTHING to do with Oklahoma losing to Houston & Ohio State, and had nothing to do with Oklahoma State getting screwed by the MAC officiating crew against CMU.
But, WVU had everything to do with the losses to the Oklahoma schools.
WVU, for the most part, was able to control the things they were supposed to control. WVU swept all 4 Texas schools. (Granted, the Baylor game looked uglier than a co-ed on that same campus). WVU beat an SEC East school Mizzou... not our fault that Mizzou completely crapped itself on the field this season. WVU beat BYU. Not our fault BYU isn't ranked. WVU beat Youngstown State. Beat Kansas. First time ever, beat Kansas State in a comeback... at HOMECOMING!
They say, "Win and the rest will take care of itself."
Not when you have a horribly biased playoff committee that wants only the best teams to rack up Nielsen ratings and generate the most dollars for eSECpn. Not when they contradicted their stance from 2 years ago: You have to win your conference championship game to get in. That's why TCU and/or Baylor got left out. The Big12 didn't have a conference title game. The Big12 is reviving the CCG at JerryWorld. Now, it seems to be a cash-grab by the conference so bottom feeders like Kansas and CRYowa State can stuff their accounts while not finishing better than 8th in the conference year in and year out.
Sorry for the rant, everyone, but I had to get it off my chest. It appears I may have looked like I bounced around in this post, but so be it.
All WVU can do is worry about the things they can control... even in a conference as dysfunctional and disrespected as the Big12 is.
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