By Shane Bidwell
With the season six grueling months away let’s take an extremely early look at teams poised to make a run at the playoff that may not be receiving enough national attention.
West Virginia Mountaineers
A healthy Will Grier will be ready to go come opening day, and he should be a favorite to earn All-American honors. In his first season at WVU Grier threw for 3,490 yards, 34 touchdowns, and just 11 interceptions. The Mountaineers have a deadly three headed monster in the backfield in Kennedy McCoy, who rushed for nearly 600 yards as the number two back last year, Martell Pettaway, and Tevin Smith. These backs should help carry the load offensively. The Mountaineers also have returning deadly receiver threat David Sills and will add Alabama transfer T.J. Simmons. Look for defenses to have a tough time stopping the high-powered WVU offense that will be able to torch teams both on the ground and through the air. WVU has an iffy defense that will be interesting to watch this year, but they do have a chunk of their top defensive performers returning. WVU will be battle tested by the end of the season as they have to play Tennessee to open the season, and navigate an ever improving Big 12 slate. If this defense can improve from last year fully expect them to push Oklahoma for the Big 12 title, and maybe a playoff spot. Read Full Article Here!