Talk is cheap, but if you can back it up everyone will do the talking for you.
That’s what’s happening for the West Virginia University defense.
Coming out of camp prior to the start of the season, much of the talk surrounding the Mountaineer football team was about its defense. Even before camp started, players talked of how this could potentially be one of the best defenses WVU fans have ever seen.
And so far, they’ve been right.
Through the first four weeks of the season, West Virginia leads the nation in points per game allowed (7.7) and fewest total points allowed (23).
Interceptions and turnovers have played a big part in the Mountaineers’ success thus far.
Karl Joseph is tied for first in the country with four interceptions, and as a team WVU ranks tied for first having picked off nine passes in its three games. Also, West Virginia leads the nation in turnover margin (+9).
Joseph’s three-interception performance against Georgia Southern put the eyes of the nation on the Mountaineer defense, and in the week’s to come there hasn’t been a let down from the Week 1 shutout against the Eagles.
The attention landed West Virginia a spot in the AP Top 25, which voters ironically placed the Mountaineers in the same spot as number of points they’ve allowed – 23– following a revengeful win over Maryland, and heading into a matchup against No. 15 Oklahoma.