Time for our weekly checkup on the Big 12's new members. First up this week: West Virginia.
Record: 6-3 (2-2 Big East)
National rank: Receiving votes in USA Today, AP Polls. Unranked in BCS standings.
Last result: Lost at home to Louisville, 38-35.
What to know: Big 12 future members seem to be snakebitten by other prospective Big 12 future members this season. What's up with that?
SMU knocked off TCU earlier this season, and on Saturday, Louisville (5-4) knocked off the Big East favorite West Virginia in Morgantown, highlighted by a blocked kick the Cardinals returned 82 yards early in the fourth quarter. The kick could have tied the game. Instead, Louisville took a 31-21 lead.
"Our team wasn't thinking about that," Louisville coach Charlie Strong said sticking it to the Mountaineers, who grabbed a spot in the Big 12 despite talk that Louisville might get it instead. "We were just thinking about going on the road and winning a game."
According to the AP, though, the entire Louisville team was heard singing John Denver's "Country Roads" -- West Virginia's unofficial theme song -- in the visiting locker room.
Well played, Cardinals, if I do say so myself.
Geno Smith had another huge day, throwing three touchdowns and no interceptions on 31-of-44 passing for 410 yards. West Virginia outgained Louisville, 533-331, but it wasn't enough.
Up next: at No. 23 Cincinnati on Saturday