If West Virginia’s opponent has a number next to its name, there’s a good chance things aren’t going to end favorably for the Mountaineers.
As noted by The Smoking Musket, that’s historically been the case in Morgantown — no head coach has guided West Virginia to a winning record against ranked competition in the past 37 years, and Dana Holgorsen is no exception.
Following Saturday’s 31-24 loss to then-No. 8 TCU, West Virginia has now dropped each of its last nine matchups with ranked foes. In fact, to find the Mountaineers last victory over an AP Top 25 team, one has to search all the way back to Oct. 18, 2014, in which West Virginia upset No. 4 Baylor, 41-27.
The scoreboard against premier programs hasn’t been kind to West Virginia since then, though. During its nine-game ranked losing streak, the Mountaineers have fallen to Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma twice and TCU three times.
The good news is that West Virginia appears to have at least three opportunities to right its recent wrongs throughout the remainder of the season. After dropping ranked showdowns with No. 21 Virginia Tech and No. 8 TCU thus far, the Mountaineers still have No. 24 Texas Tech, No. 14 Oklahoma State and No. 12 Oklahoma remaining on the schedule.
The bad news is that West Virginia isn’t projected to win any of those three meetings, according to ESPN’s FPI.
With the Red Raiders set to visit Morgantown on Saturday, the Mountaineers will have an opportunity to prevent their current nine-game losing streak against ranked competition from reaching double digits. If West Virginia can’t do so and falls short, Holgorsen and the Mountaineers will have even bigger problems, as they’ll sit at 3-3 entering the second half of their season.
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