Behind Enemy Lines: West Virginia


The West Virginia Mountaineers were picked to finish 2nd in the Big 12 Conference, by the voting media this season.

Second is their highest preseason position since joining the Big 12 Conference in 2012, and Coach Holgorsen and his team are embracing the expectations.

“I don’t care where you’re picked, doesn’t matter, there’s pressure everywhere,” he said. “Pressure to live up to the expectations or pressure to create expectations.”

Much like they had with Geno Smith in 2012, the ‘Eers have a Heisman contender at quarterback in Florida transfer Will Grier. Holgorsen feels like his quarterback has the talent and the mindset to make a run at the trophy.

“He’s ready for this,” Holgorsen said. “He’s prepared himself his whole life for us and you will see as you talk to him throughout the course of the day, I got no worries about him not understanding expectations and how to deal with expectations.”

West Virginia will have some holes to fill on defense this coming season, but have some talented transfers that should fit in very nicely.

The Mountaineers waste no time testing themselves with games against Tennessee and NC State in the first three weeks of the season. Holgorsen proud of the fact that the ‘Eers will play 11 power-five teams this season.

“We’re going to play ten or eleven power 5 schools every year,” he said. “I wish the other teams would do that as well.  It’s good for the fan base, good for TV. It’s good for everything.”

The Bears will travel to West Virginia on Thursday October 25th.

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