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ESPN Named West Virginia A Potential Playoff Team In 2018

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The Mountaineers could be a playoff team in 2018.

Few college football teams have had a better December than West Virginia, as the Mountaineers learned that both star quarterback Will Grier and star wide receiver David Sills will return in 2018.

How good could WVU be next season?

College Football Playoff good.

That's what ESPN thinks, anyway.

The Worldwide Leader has listed the Mountaineers as a potential playoff team.

The Big 12 should be wide open in 2018, and West Virginia might be the primary challenger to Oklahoma, as Oklahoma State loses top offensive personnel and TCU has key departures on both sides of the ball. The Mountaineers, meanwhile, bring back the nation's top passing connection in quarterback Will Grier and wide receiver David Sills V, a Biletnikoff Award finalist. They also add Alabama transfer wideout T.J. Simmons to an offense that might end up being the most explosive of Dana Holgorsen's tenure in Morgantown. Wide receiver Gary Jennings is back, along with four line starters. Tony Gibson's defense loses a few more important pieces, but returns its most important player in linebacker David Long, and promising youngsters such as playmaking safety Kenny Robinson. If there ever was a year for West Virginia to break through nationally, 2018 seems to be it, as the Mountaineers have Tennessee and NC State in non-league play and host both TCU and Oklahoma.

You can view ESPN's full playoff team list here.