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West Virginia is college football's hottest state right now


Number of states with multiple schools in the latest edition of the Associated Press Top 25: six. Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas and West Virginia each have two.

Number of states with its only two FBS programs ranked in the Top 25: two. That would be Arizona and West Virginia.

Number of states with a state-wide .875 winning percentage: one. Only West freakin' Virginia, as WVU and Marshall have gone a national-best 14-2 this season.

While the last half-decade has belonged to Alabama and this season has undoubtedly lived in Mississippi, it's the Mountain State's time to shine as College GameDay takes the country roads to Morgantown.

Riding a four-game winning streak, No. 20West Virginia has played itself into a controlling position in the Big 12 title race. The Mountaineers control their own destiny for the conference championship, with leading contenders TCU (Saturday) and Kansas State (Nov. 22) both coming to Morgantown.

The first team in college football to eight wins, No. 23 Marshall ranks second among Group of Five programs, putting itself (along with its newly-hired p.r. firm) in good position to earn a New Year's Six bowl berth.

Both teams rank in the top 10 nationally in total offense. And just two years ago these programs combined to post a 12-13 record.

Not bad for a state with less than two million people.