The quiz is over and now West Virginia fans will receive their first opportunity to see if their beloved Mountaineers can pass their first test of the 2009 season.
A test the old gold and blue must pass if it is going to have any chance of regaining the national limelight it lost during a 9-4 campaign a year ago.
A fall that began with a 24-3 thumping at the hands of Saturday's visitors, the Pirates of East Carolina.
"We went down there, and I believe that we thought all we had to do was go out there and just wear the old gold and blue," second year head coach Bill Stewart explained on Sunday.
"We believed that if we had Patrick (White), No. 5 was going to go out there and win the game for us."
It didn't work out that way as ECU's own Patrick (Pinkney) turned in a 'Patrick White' performance, completing 22-of-28 attempts for 236 yards while controlling the football for more than 11 minutes longer than their nemesis from the Big East.
Pinkney is back and so are most of the other principals in last year's debacle.
White has gone to the National Football League and senior quarterback Jarrett Brown and junior running back Noel Devine are operating behind an offensive line that returns only one full-time starter from '09.
Coaches hate to hear the words 'must win' as they are preparing for the second game of the season.
But, fans-especially the ones hoping to see their beloved old gold and blue back in the BCS bowl picture-understand the importance of wins over non-conference opponents.
Five wins over teams not in your conference begins the climb up the BCS ladder.
How high you climb is a direct result of how well you play and how impressive your victory was.
Saturday's 33-20 win over Liberty in the season opener had its moments, but it didn't turn enough heads to garner the Mountaineers any love in the Associated Press or ESPN Coaches polls.
This coaching staff needs a 'statement' victory.
Stewart was the interim head coach when WVU knocked off a heavily-favored Oklahoma squad in the 2008 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
However, the lion's share of the staff that helped him architect the win left Morgantown to join Rich Rodriguez in Ann Arbor.
The coaches who replaced them, as well as Stewart, have yet to display the abilities to equal their predecessors, albeit the win over a very talented North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl gave indications that they could.
A win over an ECU squad coached by Skip Holtz, who was rumored to be in the list of hopefuls for the WVU job prior to Stewart getting the position, would go a long way to dispel the fears that the Mountaineer program has returned to the years when eight or nine wins and a berth in a sub-par bowl was the norm.
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