Once again West Virginia University's attempt to rise in the BCS standings has been foiled. Despite losses by number two Boston College and number four Arizona State, the Mountaineers could not gain any ground in the BCS standings. West Virginia is still in the seventh spot.
A month ago when West Virginia University lost to South Florida the Mountaineers' hope at a national title shot was a pipe dream. Even the idea of West Virginia playing in a Bowl Championship Series bowl game seemed remote. Then came the upsets. In three consecutive weeks the second ranked team lost. Top ranked LSU also lost.
The dominoes continue to fall the way West Virginia University's football team needs them to. Last Thursday Rutgers beat previously unbeaten South Florida. That loss by USF means the Mountaineers have already climbed past the Bulls in the latest BCS rankings. The loss dropped the Bulls from second to 10th. The Mountaineers, coming off a 38-13 win over Mississippi State, moved from ninth to seventh.
The first edition of the Bowl Championship Series standings have been released. The BCS standings are used to determine the two teams which play in the national championship game. The top two teams in the final BCS standings in December will play for the national championship.
For the second season in a row West Virginia University's football team has fallen to the South Florida Bulls. The Mountaineers' fading hopes for a national championship game are dashed. The likelihood of a BCS bowl appearance by WVU has taken a serious blow.
West Virginia University's football team defeated Western Michigan 62-24 on Saturday, but now we are left to determine what that victory may mean for the third ranked Mountaineers. There are a vast number of perspectives out there to consider, but for now we will deal with just one, mine.
Two years ago this column was written about a golfer on the PGA tour who stormed off the 17th green and went to the 18th tee, leaving his playing partner behind to putt out alone. That column chastised Rory Sabbatini for his rude behavior, while acknowledging that Ben Crane's slow pace of play could cause one to lose their cool.