College ball: End of season recap
As the 2014 college football season comes to an end, it was a bit shocking to see Ohio State become the first ever College Football Playoff champions. A lot of people felt they didn’t even deserve to be one of the top four teams selected into the playoffs. However, the Buckeyes proved the doubters wrong by knocking off Alabama and Oregon back-to-back to win the national championship. It was Urban Meyer’s third national championship as a head coach in college football.
If only West Virginia could pull something off like what OSU did this year. However, the Mountaineers do have some positive things to look forward to heading into the 2015 season. They have a lot of starters on defense coming back which is good considering they had one of the worse defenses in the league two years ago.
From a recruiting standpoint the Mountaineers are starting the offseason on a good note. They have 21 players who have committed to West Virginia and four have already signed letters of intent, two of whom are quarterbacks who could make some noise heading into camp this upcoming spring. One of them is David Sills, a Maryland native who was originally committed to USC for years but decommitted once Lane Kiffin departed from the program. The Mountaineers could see competition this offseason at the quarterback position. Two other players to keep an eye on are receivers Jordan Adams and Jovon Durante. Durante is a four star recruit from Florida who can make an immediate impact on the field come late August, early September. Adams is another highly-skilled receiver who can play other positions as well. This is a playmaker that can also play slot, running back, and he can help out on special teams in the return game.
As for coach Dana Holgorsen’s job status, he’s safe considering a disappointing 7-5 season. Unfortunately, WVU was predicted to only win five games heading into the 2014 season. But his coach’s seat could get hotter if a Big 12 title isn’t in the making sooner than later.
The Texas Christian University loss was the season killer for the Mountaineers in 2014. All of the team’s momentum went out the door with that conference, lost back in early November. Looking back on it now, even if WVU beat TCU and won out the rest of the regular season finishing 10-2, they still wouldn’t have made the playoffs over Ohio State. A big reason why Baylor or TCU didn’t get in over OSU is because the Big 12 doesn’t have a conference championship game. This author believes it’s ridiculous that there is no such event for the Big 12 like there is for every other powerhouse conference in college football. That is something the NCAA might want to look into for the future. When it’s all said and done, it will just generate more money for – to quote Brian “the Boz” Bosworth – the “National Communists Against Athletes”.