The following is a list of states with multiple teams in the latest edition of the Associated Press Top 25: Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
The following is a list of states with its only FBS teams ranked in the latest AP Top 25: Arizona and West Virginia.
While the last half-decade has belonged to Alabama and this season has undoubtedly lived in Mississippi, it’s the Mountain State’s time to shine as College GameDay takes the country roads to Morgantown.
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— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 26, 2014
West Virginia’s two FBS clubs – N0. 20 West Virginia and No. 23 Marshall – hold a combined record of 14-2, equating to an .875 winning percentage – the best among all states represented in FBS. All while hailing from a state of less than two million people.
Dana Holgorsen‘s Mountaineers are 6-2 and on a four-game winning streak. With their win over then-No. 4 Baylor, West Virginia sits at 4-1 in the Big 12 and in control of its own destiny for the conference title, with both No. 10 TCU (Saturday) and No. 11 Kansas State (Nov. 22) heading to Morgantown, and winnable road games at Texas and Iowa State.
Doc Holliday‘s Thundering Herd is 8-0, the first team in college football to hit the eight-win mark. With every one of its eight wins by 15 points or more, Marshall is the AP’s second-highest ranked Group of Five team, seemingly putting itself in line (with the help of its newly-hired p.r. firm) of reaching a New Year’s Six bowl.
Both teams rank among the top 10 nationally in total offense and are led by prolific quarterbacks. West Virginia’s Clint Trickett ranks fifth nationally in passing with 2,763 passing yards, while Marshall’s Rakeem Cato ranks 13th nationally with 20 touchdown passes.
Not bad for a pair of programs that went a combined 12-13 just two years ago.