Football has officially arrived with the first week of the NFL?season already in the record books.
Although it was just the start of a long season for the professionals, college and high school teams already have a feel for what they have and what challenges await them.
Even if the area is split on what prep football team they cheer for, the one squad most agree on is WVU.
With the sweet taste of cupcake now gone from the Mountaineers' mouths, the only thing on the menu for the next two weeks is a douse of Old Bay seasoning and splash of Louisiana Hot Sauce.
No matter the taste, the fact is that the next two weeks could either make or break WVU.
The first test will come this Saturday when the Mountaineers travel to College Park to battle Maryland. WVU?will then return home on Sept. 24 to face LSU, who could be ranked as high as No. 1 in country by the time that contest rolls around.
The perfect scenario would be for WVU to win at Maryland and set up a monumental clash with the Tigers at Mountaineer Field in two weeks.
If the Mountaineers could do that, and actually knock off LSU, a BCS?title run would be in the works, as crazy as that may sound.
The second best scenario for WVU would be for the Mountaineers to defeat the Terps, and then play well against the Tigers, even with a loss.
And the worst case scenario would be for WVU?to loose both games, which could very easily happen.
However it plays out, one thing is for sure, the next two weeks will be very exciting for all Mountaineer football fans.
TOUGH TILTS: Like the Mountaineers, some area high school football teams have a tough row to hoe in upcoming weeks.
Two teams in particular, Elkins and Tucker County, are both off to steady starts and each will face difficult tasks in weeks to come.
The Tigers, who are 2-1 after last week's win over rival Buckhannon-Upshur, travel to Preston this week before facing perennial Big 10 Conference powers Robert C. Byrd at home, and Bridgeport on the road.
The Eagles and Indians both enter this week's play with perfect 3-0 marks.
After already getting a taste of top-notch competition last week against unbeaten Lincoln, Tucker County faces another difficult test this week when it travels to Moorefield to battle the 2-1 Yellow Jackets, whose lone loss was a 7-point setback at highly ranked Wirt County.
After a bye week on Sept. 23, the Mountain Lions will then play back-to-back road games at rival Southern Garrett (Md.) and East Hardy.