We knew West Virginia was about to face one of the toughest football schedules in school history and now the coaches have confirmed it. Six Big 12 schools, including West Virginia, are ranked in this year’s preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll, announced earlier today.
The Mountaineers will begin the year ranked 11th by the coaches for the third time since 1998 [1998, 2004 and 2012], and it’s the fifth time since 2004 that WVU starts a season ranked among the 12-best football teams in the country.
In 2006, West Virginia started the season ranked seventh, in 2007, WVU began the year ranked sixth and in 2008, West Virginia was eighth.
Overall, it is the sixth time West Virginia begins the season ranked by the coaches after being ranked just once  during a nine-year period from 1995-2003.
As for the rest of the Big 12, Oklahoma checks in at No. 8, Texas 15th, TCU 17th, Oklahoma State 19th and Kansas State is 21st. Two additional Big 12 teams, Baylor and Texas Tech, also received Top 25 votes.
The last time West Virginia faced that many ranked teams in a season was in 1994 when the Mountaineers opened up with fourth-ranked Nebraska [eventual national champion] and also faced 14th-ranked Virginia Tech, seventh-ranked Miami, 17th-ranked Boston College and 22nd-ranked Syracuse.
There are still tickets remaining for West Virginia’s two home dates against TCU and Kansas, as well as its non-conference game against James Madison at FedExFeild in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 15. Contact the Mountaineer Ticket Office toll-free at 1-800-WVU GAME or log on to wvugame.com to purchase tickets.West Virginia in the USA Today Coaches’ Preseason Poll
Well, the 2012 football season is finally here! Preseason camp begins later this evening when the Mountaineers hit the field in preparation for the 2012 season opener against Marshall at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 1, at noon.
West Virginia will have 19 preseason practices on 15 dates [there are four two-a-day sessions] starting with today’s 5 p.m. workout.
Coach Dana Holgorsen will provide his post-practice remarks following tonight’s workout and those will be available online later this evening, along with a complete transcription of his press conference. Returning players will be available for interviews on Friday morning and then select assistant coaches will be in the interview room beginning Saturday morning.
Newcomers [freshmen and transfers] will be made available to the media beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
This year’s Mountaineer Fan Day will take place on Sunday, Aug. 12 and will start at 1 p.m. inside the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility, and the coaching staff will conclude preseason camp with a Football 101 session for women at the stadium on Sunday, Aug. 19.
Be sure to check WVUsports.com
frequently throughout the month for practice updates, on-demand video, photos, and feature stories as the Mountaineers prepare for their inaugural season in the Big 12.
Also, check us out on twitter [@WVUsportsBuzz
] for daily camp updates by using the hashtag #wvusports.
WVU fans can also have Mountaineer football news and photos sent directly to your Facebook wall by logging on to Mountaineer football’s official Facebook page
and clicking the “Like” button.Mountaineer Football Preseason Camp Schedule
Thursday, Aug. 2, Coach Dana Holgorsen
Friday, Aug. 3, Mountaineer players
Saturday, Aug. 3, Assistant coaches
Monday, Aug. 6, Coach Dana Holgorsen
Tuesday, Aug. 7, Mountaineer players
Wednesday, Aug. 8, Assistant coaches
Thursday, Aug. 9, Coach Dana Holgorsen
Friday, Aug. 10, Mountaineer players
Saturday, Aug. 11, Assistant coaches
Sunday, Aug. 12, Mountaineer Fan Day
Monday, Aug. 13, Coach Dana Holgorsen
Tuesday, Aug. 14, Mountaineer players [Including newcomers]
Wednesday, Aug. 15, Assistant coaches
Thursday, Aug. 16, Coach Dana Holgorsen
Friday, Aug. 17, Mountaineer players
Saturday, Aug. 18, Assistant coaches
Sunday, Aug. 19, Football 101 for Women