West Virginia Has One of the Most Difficult Schedules in the Nation

Cover Photo: Ben Queen/USA Today

Morgantown, West Virginia – The schedule for the 2023 Big 12 Conference schedule released recently and although the West Virginia Mountaineers always have a tough schedule, this next season might be one of its most challenging ever.

The Mountaineers open on the road at Penn State before playing non-conference home games against Duquesne and Pitt. West Virginia then begins its Big 12 schedule with a home game against Texas Tech, and plays at TCU and Houston, at home against Oklahoma State, on the road in Orlando at UCF, at home against BYU, at Oklahoma to play the Oklahoma Sooners in their final year in the Big 12, at home against Cincinnati and finishing the season on the road in Waco, Texas to play the Baylor Bears.

This is, without a doubt, an absolute murders row and there just aren’t many games on the schedule that will be considered automatic wins, and it’s unlikely that the Mountaineers will be favored in many of the games. In fact, Heartland College Sports’ Bryan Clinton believes that West Virginia has the hardest schedule in the Big 12 Conference. Clinton ranked the Mountaineers #1 in terms of most challenging schedules, followed by Iowa State, Texas, BYU and TCU.

With non-conference games at Penn State and at home against bitter rival Pitt, West Virginia almost certainly has not just one of the most difficult schedules in the Big 12 Conference but also in the entire nation.