West Virginia Ranks 22nd In Preseason AP Poll
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia has completed a sweep of the major preseason Top 25 polls.
The Mountaineers ranked 20th in the Coaches Poll released in early August, and were rated 22nd in the Associated Press poll out Monday. WVU is again one of five Big 12 teams ranked, led in the AP Poll by No. 7 Oklahoma and No. 10 Oklahoma State. Kansas State is 20th, two spots ahead of West Virginia, while season-opening foe Virginia Tech is 21st. Texas is 23rd.
The Hokies and Mountaineers flipped higher rankings in the polls, with WVU at 20th in the Coaches while Tech was 22nd. It’s the third time West Virginia has been ranked in the preseason AP Poll under head coach Dana Holgorsen, entering his seventh season. This is the 17th time overall the school has been featured in the writers’ preseason rankings, the most recent of which came in 2011 and ’12, in Holgorsen’s first two years.
West Virginia finished the season ranked 18th in the Associated Press Poll last year after going 10-3 with a loss in the Russell Athletic Bowl. WVU was ranked for 10 weeks during the season, climbing as high as 10th, twice, before defeats to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. The Mountaineers were projected a surprisingly-low sixth by the media in the Big 12 preseason poll, behind OU, OSU, K-State, Texas and TCU.