Looking at West Virginia’s future football schedules, you’ll notice that there are more Power-5 opponents and not so many FCS or mid-level teams on the horizon. The days of playing two or more lesser opponents appear to be over. The Big East days often involved opening up seasons against smaller schools and blowing them out of the water. However, for a few years now, the Mountaineers have been starting the season off with a bang. In 2014 they opened against Alabama; in 2016, Missouri at home; in 2017, rival Virginia Tech in D.C.; this season, it’s Tennessee in Charlotte.
These games are not only more exciting for the fans, but it helps West Virginia’s brand by having opportunities to knock off other Power 5 teams. By scheduling tougher, West Virginia is boosting its resume for the College Football Playoff with quality wins, should it happen to be a contender. (Plus, the fact that West Virginia and Tennessee have never played each other is mind boggling, given the geographic proximity. Like Maryland, it’s a natural rivalry.)
This trend is important for both the fans and the school. Wit that in mind, here are ten schools I would like to see West Virginia schedule in the future.