Sep 1, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) reacts after a touchdown in the first quarter against the Marshall Thundering Herd at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

Staff Roundtable: What can the Big 12 expect from West Virginia this season?

This week, we are loaded with four big Week 1 questions: what can the Big 12 expect from West Virginia in 2012, should the early performances of Oklahoma and Texas raise concerns, should Oklahoma State play a harder nonconference schedule, and how good will Penn State be this season.

First, Through the Phog discusses the Week 1 performance by the West Virginia Mountaineers during their home opener against the Marshall Thundering Herd. Also, what can the Big 12 expect from the Mountaineers this season?

How would you rank (11) West Virginia’s home opener against Marshall? What can the other teams in the Big 12 take away from the game?

George: I like Geno Smith as a quarterback and scrambler. The Big 12 didn’t look very good, other then Oklahoma State’s dominating win. Oklahoma struggled. Texas had issues. West Virginia is a very strong team who should warrant a glance at the top of the conference. Smith put on a show vs Marshall, though the Herd aren’t anything much. West Virginia has the talent to battle for the conference lead for sure.

Ricky: The most important thing that West Virginia brings to the Big 12 is competition. West Virginia looked very strong behind Geno Smith in their opener against Marshall. For years, its been Texas v.s. Oklahoma or Oklahoma v.s. Oklahoma State for who might win the Big 12. Teams like Iowa State and Kansas are usually never expected to win the Big 12 conference. West Virginia will provide a reality check for Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas this season.

Each week, the staff at Through the Phog will react on the previous day’s games in Big 12 football and other news that happens in the conference. Our current staff includes lead editor George Pike, along with staff writer, Ricky Widmer.

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