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How Does West Virginia Score in Terms of ‘Watchability’ for 2024 Season?



WVU Football Ja'Quay Hubbard and Garrett Greene celebrate a touchdown against UNC in the Duke's Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 27, 2023. (Mitchell Northam / WV Sports Now)

Are you not entertained? For better or worse, the West Virginia Mountaineers will be entertaining in 2024. That’s why WVU scores favorably among the most watchable teams in the country for 2024.

Kelley Ford, who has been making a name for himself by coming up with his own rating system for college football teams, has West Virginia very high up on his “Team Watchability” list. Ford awards a watchability score for every team, resulting in WVU at No. 4 overall.

According to Ford, the Mountaineers score a 8.22 rating for watchability, falling just behind Big 12 counterpart Oklahoma State at 8.24. USC and Florida are the top two teams with scores of 8.77 and 8.49, respectively.

To come up with a team’s “watchability,” Ford says he looks at the competitiveness of the team and the quality of the games on the schedule. As Ford clarified on social media, TV ratings are not part of his calculations.

And when you factor in WVU coming off a successful season, returning most of the key contributors from 2023, being expected to be competitive again and playing a schedule with 11 Power Four opponents, a season opening matchup with Penn State at home, another decisive chapter in this recent series of the Backyard Brawl and then the expected depth of the Big 12 as a whole, it makes sense West Virginia would score at the top.

So sit back, relax and enjoy some WVU football this fall.

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The chart below also shows the Big 12 games Ford views as the most watchable and how they stack up compared to other games throughout the country.

Ford joined WV Sports Now’s Mike Asti on a show in October of 2023 to discuss his rating system and give his opinion on the legitimacy of the College Football Playoff rankings.

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