The 2013 schedule for the West Virginia Mountaineers has been announced, and a few things should jump out at the everyday fan right off the bat.
The combined 2012 record for the Mountaineers’ 2013 non-conference opponents between William and Mary Tribe, Georgia Southern Panthers and Maryland Terrapins was 7-27, and Maryland had four of those seven wins– not exactly the strongest out-of-conference schedule the Mountaineers have ever seen.
As for the conference schedule, West Virginia should be worried about consecutive road games against Kansas State and TCU. Both teams won against the Mountaineers in 2012 and will most likely be even stronger in 2013. In fact, one could argue that these two games are tougher than the consecutive away games in 2012 against Texas and Texas Tech
Overall, I’d have to say I’m fairly disappointed in the Mountaineers’ lack of a strong non-conference opponent. Even one tough game out of conference would have made the schedule balanced.
I’m also surprised to see three cupcake teams on the WVU schedule. You’d think after last season when the Mountaineers cruised through non-conference play (with the exception of Baylor, which was a conference game) only to lose five straight in conference play, the team would have challenged itself a bit more in 2013.
Even with the weak non-conference schedule, I’d still give this year’s Mountaineer schedule strength a B-. The conference schedule is challenging enough to overcome the weakness of the non-conference games.
With a road game against Oklahoma State in only the second week of the season and consecutive away games against Kansas State and TCU, the 2013 Mountaineer schedule seems to be tough enough to give the Mountaineers BCS consideration if they were to win enough games.