MORGANTOWN -- The final college football polls will appear after LSU and Alabama finish things somewhere around midnight tonight, and West Virginia will find itself ranked higher than the No. 23 it was for Wednesday's Orange Bowl.
That's the sort of thing that happens when you score the most points in the history of bowl games and it's the sort of momentum the Mountaineers hope to harness and ride through recruiting and then the offseason.
It's also the explanation that will suffice when the preseason poll comes out and has WVU a little higher than it probably should be.
If Geno Smith and Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey and Coach Dana Holgorsen are the toast of college football's offensive evolution today, if the hot potato pass and the Colorado School of Mines - the latter being where Holgorsen learned about the former - are the talk of the industry, believe that's going to last a while.
Scoring 70 points in a BCS game, even one with the lowest TV ratings ever, has that effect.
When the time comes for preseason polls and predictions, the prognosticators are going to remember 10 touchdowns and then remember everyone and everything in the above paragraph will all be back for 2012.
"This shows we can play with any team in the country," Austin said. "With all of us coming back, we can try to win it all. If we take care of business in the offseason on all three sides of the ball and everyone buys in and gets stronger and faster, we can go to the national championship."
One of those sides of the triangle-shaped ball WVU plays with is defense, and the Mountaineers will take a big hit there for a second straight season.
Julian Miller, Bruce Irvin and Josh Taylor are gone on the line, Najee Goode and Casey Vance are gone at linebacker and cornerback Keith Tandy and safety Eain Smith are gone in the secondary.
That, of course, neglects to mention the coordinator, Jeff Casteel, who also may be leaving and be replaced by someone with a wholly different way of playing the game. Casteel could take assistants with him, or the replacement might want his own guys to teach his brand of defense.
The potential is there for major, major change on defense. Yet the Orange Bowl was a brown paper bag - one for Clemson fans to put over their heads and one for WVU fans to use to take deep breaths. Offense is back at WVU.
The team that gave up 33 points Wednesday, 30 or more six times, 40 or more twice and the most points since 2000 managed to win a BCS game ... by 37 points.
True, Casteel's defense may have allowed the third-most points (348) in 119 seasons of WVU football and just about twice as many as it surrendered in 2010, but it was those Mountaineers who forced five three-and-outs, created four turnovers and scored a touchdown.
Then again, when Athletic Director Oliver Luck made the change atop his football program in December 2010, he wasn't thinking of winning 24-21, 21-20 and 30-27, the scores of the last three games of the regular season.
Maybe he wasn't thinking of 70 points, either, but he certainly trended toward one more than the other and he saw it happen in pinch-yourself fashion.