Chuck McGill: Next up for WVU is one of college football's worst
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The worst team in college football's Bowl Subdivision (FBS) is coming to Morgantown this Saturday, which should quickly end West Virginia's 51-minute, six-second scoreless streak.
Four quarters of Georgia State should be the perfect elixir for the Mountaineers' ailing offense, which failed to crack the 30-point mark for the third consecutive game in Saturday's 16-7 loss at Oklahoma. That's a first in the Dana Holgorsen era at WVU.
Georgia State, FBS and Sun Belt newcomers, dropped to 0-2 over the weekend - once again losing to an FCS program. The Panthers opened the season with a 31-21 setback to Samford, then got trounced by Chattanooga, 42-14, this past Saturday.
Georgia State is in its final year of transition to college football's top division and isn't bowl eligible until 2014. No worries there. The Panthers have lost six consecutive games - all to FCS programs (Villanova, James Madison, Old Dominion, Maine, Samford and Chattanooga). Georgia State lost those six games by an average of 23.3 points.
Meanwhile, Holgorsen was on the sidelines of a team that scored in the single digits for the first time since Oct. 14, 2006, when he was the co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders lost 30-6 that day, with the lone score coming on an 11-yard touchdown reception by Danny Amendola.
So, how bad is Georgia State?
Well, so far this season FBS teams are 53-10 against FCS (formerly Division I-AA) programs. After an opening weekend that saw eight FCS teams take down the big boys, the FBS went 32-2 in Week 2.
Georgia State is the only FBS team to lose to an FCS team both weekends.
Furthermore, of the aforementioned 10 wins by FCS teams over FBS programs, six of those were by FCS Top 25 teams. Two of the four losses by FBS teams to unranked FCS programs were South Alabama losing by one to Southern Utah, and UMass stumbling against Maine this past weekend.
The other two losses belong to Georgia State.
The Panthers were 1-10 last season and have lost 20 of 23 games their 2011 season-opening win over Clark Atlanta.
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Marshall has scored 93 consecutive points after its 55-0 thrashing of Gardner-Webb on Saturday. That amounts to $6,363.64 per point for Saturday's margin of victory.
The Runnin' Bulldogs - and, coming from a family that used to own one of these beautiful beasts, bulldogs aren't exactly known for their running - were paid $350,000 to visit Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Saturday night.
Sixteen of the 31 wins by the FBS vs. FCS this past weekend were by five touchdowns or more, but only two games (Utah over Weber State, 70-7; Troy over Savannah State 66-3) had a wider margin of victory.
Weak opponent. Strong results.
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The 84,692 that watched Oklahoma's win over WVU on Saturday was the 11th largest crowd to watch a Mountaineers football game.
Four of those top 11 crowds have happened in the past five seasons. The other seven came in seasons from 1981-1991.
The largest crowd to ever watch WVU play (101,851) occurred last season when the Mountaineers won at Texas, 48-45. That is one of only two wins for West Virginia when playing in front of crowds of 75,000 or larger. The other was the 1982 visit to Norman, Okla., when the Mountaineers beat the Sooners, 41-27.
WVU is now 1-15 in games played in front of crowds of 80,000 or larger.
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Remember A.J. Graham?
The former Florida Mr. Football redshirted during Mark Snyder's final season at Marshall and then had two injury-shortened seasons before he was dismissed from the Herd program in March 2012. Graham, you might recall, wrested the QB job away from Rakeem Cato midway through the 2011 season, and then started three games in a row before getting knocked out of 59-17 loss at Tulsa on Nov. 12, 2011.
Cato, the nation's top passer last season, has started every game since.
Graham is now part of a two-quarterback system at the University of Pikeville (Ky.), where he made his debut last Thursday against Bluefield State. He was 7-for-10 passing for 91 yards and a touchdown, while rushing nine times for 51 yards and two more scores.
Contact sports editor Chuck McGill at email@example.com or 304-348-7949. Follow him on Twitter @chuckmcgill.