The Mountaineers are ranked No. 12 in the Athlon preseason top 25 college football poll. The publication is releasing its top 25 one team at a time.
You can see the entire poll so far at www.athlonsports.com.
Athlon Sports predicts West Virginia will finish third in the Big 12 Conference. Two WVU standouts–Geno Smith and Tavon Austin– were named preseason All-Americans by Athlon.
Seven Mountaineers earned preseason All-Big 12 honors, including Smith, wide receiver Stedman Bailey and Austin at both wide receiver and punt returner on the first team. Offensive lineman Joe Madsen, defensive back Terence Garvin and kick returner Tavon Austin were named to the second team, while offensive lineman Jeff Braun and defensive lineman Will Clarke garnered third-team honors.