Less than 12 months ago, West Virginia football was riding high. Defending Orange Bowl champion. Unbeaten and ranked in the top five. Big 12 favorite in 2012.
Now West Virginia football is reeling. The Mountaineers stumbled to a 7-6 season in 2012, they are 2-2 this season and will go with Clint Trickett at quarterback Saturday against OSU. Trickett is WVU's third starting QB this season.
Clearly, the shine is off Dana Holgorsen's regime. West Virginia is 4-8 in its last 12 games, and the victories are over Iowa State, Kansas, William & Mary and Georgia State. A series of embarrassing losses last season — 49-14 at Texas Tech, 55-14 to Kansas State, 38-14 to former Big East brother Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl — was extended last Saturday with a 37-0 whitewashing by Maryland.
Dana Holgorsen is probably not in danger of being fired, for a variety of reasons: 1. Money; 2. Holgorsen's rousing success for one season and one month; 3. Loyalty — athletic director Oliver Luck stuck his neck out for Holgorsen and isn't likely to have a quick trigger; 4. Offense. Holgorsen's track record is too strong to think West Virginia's offensive ineptness will continue.
But still, Mountaineer Nation can't be thrilled by 37-point defeats to neighboring Maryland. The Cowboys look strong; strong enough to put another licking on West Virginia. If that happens, the heat intensifies on Dana Holgorsen.