Originally written on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 11/5/11

Maybe West Virginia should reconsider that lawsuit against the Big East after all.

Dana Holgorsen's team could really use another year or two in the minor leagues before getting called up to the Big 12.

Saturday afternoon's 38-35 upset loss at home to Louisville almost assuredly ends WVU's hopes of a Big East championship this year.

The Mountaineers, who were almost everyone's favorite to win the conference, are now 6-3 overall and 2-2 in league play. For years, WVU has been clamoring for national respect. What the Mountaineers don't seem to get is you earn it on the field.

Hey West Virginia, it's time to stop thinking you are an elite program and start playing like one. Could you ever imagine Alabama losing to Vanderbilt or Ohio State losing to Indiana?

But WVU has now lost to two below average Big East programs this fall.

Here's a little reality check West Virginia.

The Mountaineers' last outright Big East championship came in 2005. That's six seasons ago. They shared the championship in 2007 and last season, but this is the worst BCS conference. One outright championship since 1994 is actually embarrassing.

So was Saturday's performance.

Yes, Geno Smith had a big day again with 410 passing yards, but West Virginia has major issues.

It starts with special teams. The punting game was atrocious, but the biggest play was a blocked punt that Andrew Johnson returned 82 yards for a 31-21 Louisville advantage. WVU kicker Tyler Bitancurt had missed a 33-yard field goal earlier in the third quarter.

The other big issue with WVU is the defense.

After the offense cut the game to three points with a little more than nine minutes to play, the defense couldn't get Louisville off the field. They had chances, but freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater navigated a seven-minute, 76-yard drive that saw Dominique Brown score on a 3-yard run.

WVU added a late score to make the score look more respectable, but this was a huge Louisville win. The Cardinals hadn't won in Morgantown since 1990 and Charlie Strong is proving to be one of the best hires in Big East history.

The Mountaineers had chances to put this game away, but couldn't. The season has certainly gone from one of promise to disappointment.

About a month ago, Holgorsen ripped WVU's fans for not packing Milan Puskar Stadium one week after the LSU loss. He said big-time programs pack the place every week.

Hey coach, big-time programs don't consistently get beat by inferior opponents. You've got two of those on your record now.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Andrew Luck talks Super Bowl hopes and Patriots

Rapper rips David West for taking pay cut to join Spurs

Report: Kevin Garnett will return for 21st NBA season

Packers plan to keep TE Andrew Quarless despite arrest

Russell Wilson: God spoke to me after Super Bowl-losing INT

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cam Newton training with Aussie rules football team

Jonathan Papelbon still wants out of Philly

Kyrie Irving: Cavaliers would have won an NBA title if healthy

Here are your 2015 All-Star reserves and pitchers

Are LeBron, Cavs just playing teenage games?

Bucks president threatens move to Vegas, Seattle

USWNT's World Cup triumph four years in the making

Cubs announcer defends saying 'no-hitter' during game

MLB scout hiring and pay practices challenged in lawsuit

MLB's 2015 All-Star snubs

Gronk, David Ortiz in latest Dunkin Donuts iced coffee video

Bridgewater on Vikings: 'we’re not as good as what we think'

Floyd Mayweather officially stripped of welterweight title

Mo Williams signs 2-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers

Carli Lloyd had vision she would score four goals in World Cup Final

Carli Lloyd needs help to carry all her World Cup awards

Russell Wilson abstaining from sex with girlfriend Ciara

Coach K on meeting Beyonce for first time: 'I felt like 13'

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

MLB's 2015 All-Star snubs

Gronk, David Ortiz in latest Dunkin Donuts iced coffee video

The 2015 All-Star reserves & pitchers

Are LeBron, Cavs just playing teenage games?

Bucks threatens move to Vegas, Seattle

Bryce Harper to skip Home Run Derby

Video shows De'Andre Johnson punching woman

Odell Beckham Jr. poses for nude version of 'The Catch'

Report: Giants pull offer to Pierre-Paul

Report: Jordan was tired of Chris Paul

2015 All-Star starters announced

JPP injured in fireworks mishap?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.