West Virginia Has One of the Toughest Schedules in the Nation in 2024

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Following a 9-4 record in 2023 – Neal Brown’s first winning season at West Virginia – , the expectations heading into the 2024-2025 season are elevated, with some experts expecting the Mountaineers to compete for a Big 12 Championship and perhaps a spot in the College Football Playoffs.

However, it won’t be easy! According to Phil Steele, author of the Phil Steele’s College Football Preview, West Virginia will have among the toughest schedules in all of college football heading into the 2024-2025 season.

On Steele’s “Top 10 Hardest 2024 College Football Schedules” list, West Virginia is ranked as the 7th Toughest in the nation before only Florida (1), UCLA (2), USC (3), Georgia Tech (4), Houston (5) and Purdue (6). The rest of the Top 10 includes Georgia (8), Alabama (9) and Stanford (10).

West Virginia’s schedule is brutal. The Mountaineers open the season with a huge rivalry game at home against the Penn State Nittay Lions, followed by a cupcake home game against Albany.

After that, the Mountaineers go on the road to play at rival Pitt, Kansas at home, Oklahoma State on the road, Iowa State and Kansas State at home, Arizona and Cincinnati on the road, and a season finale at home against the Baylor Bears.

Although many of these games are winnable, there really are no easy games this season other than the second game of the year against Albany.

West Virginia will be in action to open the season on August 31 at noon against Penn State, which expected to be a preseason Top 10 team.