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From the Cheap Seats: It's Time for Opinions to be Formed

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With less than perfect performances in the first two games, there's a lot of debate out there about the 2011 edition of the Mountaineers.   This week, I was talking with a friend and fellow WVU fan/grad about the young football season and something he said put things in perspective for me.   "I thought I'd have an opinion on the coaching change and new offense by now, but I don't," he said.  That simple statement put my feelings into words.  A lot of people have told me to make sure that I include lots of opinion in these pieces.  Well, this week, my opinion is that I don't have one.            

Coming into the season, I thought we'd either put up huge point totals and run Marshall, and certainly Norfolk State, out of the stadium, or we'd implode and possibly lose to the Herd.  Well, neither one of those things happened.   

With all the weather distractions, the fact that it was a "rivalry" game and the first game in a new offensive system, you pretty much have to throw the Coal Bowl out.  Against Norfolk State, we went the implosion route in the first half, but changed course to the run-them-out-of-the-stadium theme.  Also remember that for the two teams that we've played, it was their Super Bowls.  No matter if it's been under Nehlen, Rodriguez, Stewart or now Holgorsen, our Mountaineers have often had a hard time matching the intensity of the under dog. 

With those things in mind, it's hard to form an opinion.  At times, things like the passing game have looked great, while the running game has been nearly nonexistent.  The defense has given up some big plays, but no touchdowns.  Everything seems to cancel itself out.

Something has to give and it will this weekend at Maryland.  It is somewhat of a rivalry, it's a homecoming for a number of Mountaineers, and then there's the Terrapins' 32 possible uniform combinations, each one more obnoxious than the next.  So yes, there are some distractions, but the teams are pretty evenly-matched and players on both sides realize that too little focus and too many mistakes will lead to the other team quickly running away with the game.

Here's to hoping that the team doing the running away is WVU and that I'm able to have an opinion next week.  I'm headed out of the land where Mountaineers are always free to the Free State, ready to form one.

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