The Mountaineers take an in-your-face approach on their 2010 poster, which features running back Noel Devine and receiver Jock Sanders. Devine rushed for 1,465 yards last season and should rack up big numbers again behind an offensive line that returns four starters. Sanders had 72 receptions and has caught a pass in 28 consecutive games. West Virginia, which has won at least nine games the past five seasons, travels to Louisiana State on Sept. 25. Thanks to Joe!
As a run up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one poster each day until our supply is exhausted. Last year, the site displayed a record 69 posters.
Then we turn it over to readers, who will vote on the poster of the year. Until then, send your team's poster schedule to jayzuma (at) gmail.com.
Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin was at Friday night's West Virginia-Cincinnati game and snapped this shot of Bearcat running back Isaiah Pead's jump over the West Virginia line. Did Pead break the plane before fumbling? "I don't think he did," Greg writes. View Greg's gallery from Friday's game by clicking here.
A controversial call in Friday night's West Virginia-Cincinnati game, won by the Bearcats, 24-21. Watch Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead jump over the line and reach for the goal with the ball. He fumbles and West Virginia recovers.
The official in the replay booth rules otherwise, giving Cincinnati a touchdown.
"I don't want to be disrespectful, but I'm going to save that for the Big East,'' West Virginia's Bill Stewart said. "They called it the way they saw it.''
This brings back memories of the 2007 Pittsburgh-West Virginia game, when a couple of very questionable holding calls went against the Panthers. The Mountaineers, much like the Bearcats on Friday night, needed a victory to keep their hopes alive for a berth in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
Despite the questionable officiating, Pittsburgh won, 13-9, in what was Rich Rodriguez's last game as West Virginia coach. Video of that game is after the jump.
There are a lot of explosive players in college football, but in one category, they're all trying to catch West Virginia's Noel Devine.
Devine's 77-yard touchdown run last week against Colorado moved him into first place among active players with scoring runs of 70 or more yards, according to Marty Couvillon of cfbstats.com.
Devine has five such runs, one more than California's Jahvid Best. The Mountaineer running back averages a touchdown on a run of 70 or more yards every 70.4 carries. Best rips one off every 76.3 carries.
The best ratio belongs to Louisiana Tech receiver Phillip Livas at 24.0, followed by Florida's Chris Rainey at 38.7. Livas has only 48 career rushing attempts.
Quarterback Pat White is gone, but West Virginia has enough talent to make a run at the Big East title. Three nonconference games of note: Sept. 12 against East Carolina, Sept. 19 at Auburn and Oct. 1 against Colorado. Thanks to Joe!