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Few believed in WVU, but that might change

WVU isn’t getting any respect from Vegas as they’re 27 point underdogs to Baylor this weekend. The Mountaineers will have to show the nation its hardcore defense yet again.
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Such a pal, that Dana Holgorsen.

West Virginia University’s head football coach, a one-time, one-year understudy of Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy, passed along his apparently contagious feelings of “embarrassment” and “disappointment” Saturday at Mountaineer Field.

It was the Cowboys’ longest conference road trip in program history – 1,085 miles – and those country roads out of town surely seemed longer and darker after a 30-21 loss to a nearly three-touchdown underdog.

Holgorsen recapped the week that was after the upset few thought would be.

“There was obviously a lot of talk about people giving up on this team,” the third-year Mountaineers head coach said. “That we were going to get blown out …”

Well, yeah. WVU needed a late push to beat William & Mary, a Championship Subdivision team, in the season opener. The Mountaineers’ only other win before Saturday came against the Bowl Subdivision’s worst team, Georgia State. In two losses, Holgorsen’s offense had went from Air Raid to Bare Raid – as in the scoreboard was bare.

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