It’s often said in sports that a team is as good as its record. The 2022 West Virginia Mountaineers are 2-3 (0-2). That’s not always fair, especially in college football with every team playing a different level of quality when it comes to the strength of their schedule. But regardless, WVU can’t hide from the fact this season hasn’t been good enough so far.
What’s been the biggest issue for this season’s team? It can’t be the offense, who has been putting up points and led by a quarterback in JT DanielIs who remains on the Golden Arm Watch List.
Is it that the defense has let down the offense and inexperience and injuries have even helped to create a unit that’s just a shell of what it once was? Could it be that the schedule has been somewhat tough?
After starting off on the road against an historic rival in an electric environment, WVU hosted Kansas and lost. That loss was, and still is, viewed as a bad one, but the Jayhawks haven’t lost to anybody yet this season. Are people looking at that loss and unfairly judging WVU? Virginia Tech isn’t good, but that was another rivalry game on the road and Texas did almost beat Alabama.
If it’s not about the defensive growing pains and the schedule can’t be used as an excuse, that then leaves coaching. Are WVU’s problems rooted in Neal Brown? A decision by Brown has been argued as why WVU lost to Pitt? It is true he’s never had success at the “Power 5” level, coming from the Group of 5 with Troy. Despite solid recruiting classes on the way, many are becoming more and more inpatient with a head coach now in his fourth year on the job.
No matter the main reason, and it’s likely a mixture of everything all at once, WVU just hasn’t been good enough and things need to change or the off-season could be one to keep an eye on for several reasons.