West Virginia rolled to bowl eligibility Saturday with a 49-0 blanking of Kansas. Here are a few takeaways from that game and what it may mean.
1. Kansas isn't a very good football team, meaning not too many sweeping conclusions should be drawn
The Mountaineers were unquestionably dominant for much of the afternoon in a game in which they led 28-0 after the first quarter and 42-0 at halftime. That it was only 49-0 by the final horn is simply a sign that West Virginia took their foot off the accelerator for the final 30 minutes against a visibly overmatched opponent. Three West Virginia players -- Skyler Howard (129), Wendell Smallwood (115) and Rushel Shell (108) -- ran for at least 100 yards and as a team, it averaged 7.7 yards per carry. The defense, too, was strong, holding the Jayhawks to 209 total yards and 3.1 yards per play.
But, again, let's be clear: Kansas is a bad, bad team. Thanks to some colossal mismanagement by Charlie Weis, the Jayhawks have just 64 scholarship players, more than 20 below the FBS limit, and that disparity is evident on the field. There's something to be said for beating a plainly inferior team soundly, which is exactly what West Virginia did, but it's also dangerous to make some sort of absolute, undeniable proclamations about the team that administered that beating. Skyler Howard, to use one example, isn't the white reincarnation of Pat White because he ran for 130 on one of the country's worst teams. The identity of this Mountaineers' team is pretty clear at this point and it can only be solidified in these final two games -- this is a good team that can have its way with lesser or equal teams but cannot hang with the best that its schedule has to offer.
After spending much of September making snap judgments about 30 and 40-point wins, I'll spare you guys here.
2. Kansas isn't a very good football team, meaning not too many sweeping conclusions should be drawn
See thought No. 1.
3. Kansas isn't a very good football team, meaning not too many sweeping conclusions should be drawn
See thought No. 2, which will take you right up to thought No. 1.
My weekly overreaction
Opponent be damned -- Skyler Howard *IS* the white reincarnation of Pat White.