West Virginia suffered the consequences of its 30-14 loss at unranked Iowa State, but the penalty wasn’t as harsh as it could have been on a weekend where upsets were the norm.
The damage could have been worse in the wake of West Virginia’s worst offensive performance by total yardage since a 27-0 defeat to Virginia Tech on Oct. 28, 1995. However, the Mountaineers were masked by several other teams in the Top 10 getting picked off.
No. 8 Penn State tumbled 10 spots after getting upended at home by unranked Michigan State. Washington fell from seventh to 15th after losing at Oregon in overtime. Georgia, which was second in the country, slid down to West Virginia’s former spot at No. 6 following a 29-9 loss at LSU.
Two Big 12 teams are ranked above West Virginia: No. 7 Texas and No. 9 Oklahoma, both of which loom for the Mountaineers in November.
The Mountaineers head into an open week before hosting Baylor in a Thursday night game on Oct. 25.