Best Case/Worst Case rewind: West Virginia

Time to wrap up our look back on the preseason Best Case/Worst Case scenarios for each team and how those stacked up to reality. Last but not least: West Virginia.

Best Case in a nutshell: A 12-0 regular season, BCS title and Heisman Trophy win for Noel Devine.

Worst Case in a nutshell: A 6-6 record and a trip to the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.

Reality: The Mountaineers went 9-3 in the regular season and lost to NC State in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Analysis: West Virginia finished just about right in the middle of the Best and Worst Case outlooks, but it's hard not to think that the Mountaineers blew a chance of reaching the high end of that potential. Their three regular-season losses were all winnable -- including the one at LSU -- but they hurt themselves in each one with turnover and offensive ineptitude. Their defense played at a championship level the entire season. That's why, despite a nine-win season and a share of the Big East title, the school did what teams often do after a worst case-type season: it made significant coaching changes.