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Ranking Soft Big 12 Non-Conference Schedules

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West Virginia ran into challenges as its schedule shifted from seven conference games to nine, and will play teams like the slouching Maryland Terrapins during non-conference play. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images.
West Virginia ran into challenges as its schedule shifted from seven conference games to nine, and will play teams like the slouching Maryland Terrapins during non-conference play. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images.

Not to defend this attempt at a schedule by the Mountaineers, but they were left in a bad spot when they moved from the Big East to the Big 12. Going from seven conference games to nine, WVU had to add and drop teams, which can ding both a bank account and a reputation. Adding non-conference opponents late in the game isn’t easy, or cheap, and that’s how WVU ended up with Georgia State, which is new to FBS. William & Mary, established in the FBS, and Georgia State are scheduled wins. The game at Maryland is technically a home game for the Terrapins, but WVU will have plenty of fans at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. They’ve also won seven straight against Maryland and are 8-0 against Randy Edsall at Maryland and UConn.