PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 01: Isaiah Bruce #31 of the West Virginia Mountaineers returns a fumble for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Marshall Thundering Herd during the game on September 1, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
West Virginia maintained its top 10 status despite a week out of action, thanks to a loss by formerly No. 8 Arkansas.
The top 10 of the poll received a shakeup thanks to Arkansas' overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe. While that loss dropped the Razorbacks out of the Top 25 completely, West Virginia didn't move up any spots in the ranking. Last week, the Mountaineers were tied with South Carolina for ninth place with 980 votes apiece. This week, the Gamecocks filled the No. 8 spot formerly occupied by Arkansas while West Virginia earned sole possession of the ninth spot in the rankings. The two are flipped in the coaches poll, with WVU at No. 8 and South Carolina at No. 9.
The Mountaineers are bound to maintain their high ranking with a few easy games in upcoming weeks against James Madison and an injury-ridden Maryland squad. A loss to either would likely drop the Mountaineers from the standings, but a loss to either isn't particularly likely.