The HLS Totally Non-Homer Top 25 – Preseason Edition: #4 – West Virginia

In lieu of the usual wit and insight, I give you the lyrics to “Take Me Home Country Roads.” Cherish them. Sing them loudly. And drunkenly. Always drunkenly.

Almost heaven, west virginia
Blue ridge mountains
Shenandoah river -
Life is old there
Older than the trees
Younger than the mountains
Growin like a breeze

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads

All my memories gathered round her
Miners lady, stranger to blue water
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
Misty taste of moonshine
Teardrops in my eye

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads

I hear her voice
In the mornin hour she calls me
The radio reminds me of my home far away
And drivin down the road I get a feelin
That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads
Take me home, now country roads
Take me home, now country roads

Offense: Pat White and Steve Slaton. As all the cool kids like to say these days, “‘Nuff Said, hommies.” Or maybe not. See, they lose their amazing Center, Right Guard, and Left Tackle from last year, guys that made some amazingly huge holes in defenses in 2006.

Defense: What defense? I kid! I kid! They actually only gave up a little over 21 points a game last season. They just have a habit of giving up 44 points a game against Louisville. And now this team is pretty darned experienced… at giving up 44 points a game to Louisville.

Special Teams: Should be excellent. Lots of speed to burn, and their kicking specialists, who all did “very well” this year are back to become “excellent.”

Facts:

  • Rich Rodriguez may seem like the hottest ball of burning hydrogen in the galaxy right now, but his first year at West Virginia, he went 3-8.
  • Last year’s pre-season #5 ranking was the highest a West Virginia team had ever been ranked to start the season.
  • The 38.8 points scoring that they averaged in 2006 was the best average West Virginia had enjoyed since their 1989 season in which they went undefeated.

HLS Top 25 Meta:

  • Highest spot on a HLS Ballot: 4
  • Lowest spot on a HLS Ballot: 5
  • Average ranking on HLS Ballots: 4.75

Why Alex Trebek Loves Them:

  • West Virginia is considered the southern most northern state and the northern most southern state (source). This explains so much.

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HLS Tracker 10 Forecast Says:

I can’t remember what I said of Louisville and Rutgers, so I’m shooting from the hip here and guessing they’ll get a Big East championship and a BCS berth. Of course, somewhere along the way they’ll give up 44 points to somebody. Recent trends suggest Louisville.

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