WVU Needs Help, But Still in Big 12 Title Race
West Virginia linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton knows his senior season is now in its final stages.
His goal, however, remains the same as it has been all year.
“My goal always been making that 13th game, the most meaningful it can be,” he said.
Ultimately, of course, you begin dreaming of playing in the national championship game and if that slides away, as it does for every team in the nation but two, then to make it to the Big 12 championship game.
That hope still lives, but it will take a near miracle to get there as the regular season rolls into the final two weeks.
While they were helped by TCU being beaten by Oklahoma, it didn’t help enough.
The way the tea leaves read today, even if WVU beats Texas at home and springs the big upset on Oklahoma in Norman in the season’s final game, they probably won’t get into the championship game.
That would leave them at 7-2 and Oklahoma at 7-2, considering it is unfathomable that the Sooners will be upset by Kansas next week.
So, they need TCU to lose another game and the Horned Frogs close against two of the league’s worst teams in Texas Tech and Baylor and they need Oklahoma State to lose, too, and they face Kansas State and Kansas.
That would give TCU and Oklahoma State each three losses in the league.
If TCU and Oklahoma State both win their remaining games, they would finish at 7-2 along with WVU and Oklahoma and both own victories over West Virginia.
Here is how they pick the teams to play in the Big 12 Championship game.
If two teams tie for first, they participate in the game with the head-to-head winner being the No. 1 seed. If two teams are tied for second place, the winner of their head-to-head game goes to the game.
If there are three or more teams tied for first it gets really complicated.
1. The Conference records of the three or more teams will be compared against each other in a “mini round-robin” format.
2. The Conference records of the three or more teams will be compared against the remaining team(s) in the Conference standings from top to bottom.
a. When comparing against the remaining teams in the Conference standings any two-way ties will be broken by head-to-head competition before the comparison begins.
b. If more than a two-way tie exists amongst the remaining teams in the Conference standings, the record against the collective tied teams as a group will be used.
3. Scoring differential among the tied teams. The team or teams with the lowest difference between points scored and points allowed in games vs. the tied teams is eliminated from consideration.
4. Draw (In the event steps 1-3 cannot break a multi-team tie the prevailing team or teams will be determined by draw at the Conference office).
In the event tiebreaking procedures are unsuccessful and a draw is necessary in determining any portion of seeding, the following procedures will be used:
a. The draw will be conducted in public or with media attendance.
b. Institutions involved in the drawing have the right to have a local representative in attendance at the drawing.
c. A single slip of paper for each institution (with name or logo) will be placed in a container and will be drawn in order of seeding from highest to lowest.
Honest, that’s how they do it.
It appears Benton’s 13th game will have to be a significant bowl game
Numbers … we got numbers, lots and lots of numbers.
— WVU has played Kansas State eight times and the 28 points they scored against them Saturday is the most they ever scored … and they did that in the first half.
— It was also WVU’s first win in Manhattan. The only other Big 12 site in which they have never won is Oklahoma.
— Ka’Raun White’s 75-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter helped him to a 168-yard receiving night, a career high and his fourth 100-yard receiving game.
— With two touchdown receptions, White now has 10 on the year and he has at least one TD in each of the last four games.
— With two TD catches Sills became the 20th player since 2000 to have at least 18 TD receptions in a season and he now ranks fifth in WVU career TDs with 20.
— LB David Long Jr. recorded 11 tackles against the Wildcats, the second time this season he has surpassed 10 total tackles in a game
— QB Will Grier’s 372-yard passing performance moves him up to fourth all-time in single-season passing yardage for the Mountaineers with 3,440 yards. He has surpassed 300 passing yards in nine of 10 games, breaking Geno Smith’s record of 8, set in 2012.
— Geno Smith is the only quarterback to throw more TD passes than Grier has thrown, 34, and has at least three more games to throw nine TDs and break Smith’s single season record of 42 set in 2012.
— Gary Jennings Jr. caught 13 passes to match his career high and ow has 82 on the year, 5th in school history.
— Jennings gained 113 yards receiving, his fourth 100-yard receiving game this year.