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Posted by on January 6th, 2012 in blog, Brady Baylor, CFF Features, Uncategorized | No Comments

After suffering an arguably shocking loss to the Orangemen of Syracuse in the middle of the 2011 season, West Virginia exacted revenge on all things orange on Wednesday night at the Discover Orange Bowl in Miami as part of a (gulp) 70-33 tail-whipping that spilled orange Tiger blood all over the field of Whatever Bank Stadium.  Has that stadium not changed names more frequently than Tiger Woods changes bed partners, or is it just me?  At any rate, Clemson discovered that mountain men don’t take kindly to being mocked and labeled as an undeserving BCS representative from an undeserving BCS conference.  WVU reeled off 35 points in the second quarter alone, scoring offensively, defensively, and by using every millimeter of the width of the field to tip-toe into the end zone.

 

Mountaineer coach and accomplished drunken gambler, Dana Holgorsen, was seen high-tailing it to an awaiting limo after the game, presumably headed to Vegas before he lost the hot hand.  Meanwhile, Dabo was understandably shell-shocked, or black powder rifle-shocked.  Let it be known that I have nothing against Clemson.  I am, however, a big fan of mass predictions gone awry.  A full 73% of ESPN viewers who cared to cast a vote, as well as virtually every commentator on the matter, assumed a Clemson route but that, folks, is why they play the game.

 

If the courts allow (fascinating that courts are involved in college football, isn’t it?), WVU will be taking its mountain mojo to the flatlands of the Big 12 next season.  As a Big 12 fan, West Virginia (winners of 3 BCS games in the past 6 years, according to what I read in someone else’s post) will be a nice asset to a conference that was on the verge of collapse, as I don’t recall Texas A&M, Missouri, Colorado, or Nebraska laying claim to such postseason prowess of late.  With fellow newcomer TCU also laying claim to a recent BCS game win, this conference finally has something to look forward to.  Will it supplant the SEC as the premier conference in the land?  Not likely anytime soon, but some sense of stability and a high level of competition will be a step in the right direction.

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