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Schedule probably a bit tougher than it needs to be but if you want want to be seen as big time program you need to play good teams.
That’s one of the tough things about scheduling far in advance. If NC State and Mizzou were in a down cycle, that would really change the early outlook. No way to work around that though.
WVU won’t, however, get any credit for playing a very tough JMU team, other than from a few people who understand how good the Dukes are.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but mine is that WVU’s non-conference football schedule this year and in the foreseeable future is too difficult. It’s nice to brag about how tough West Virginia’s schedule is, but when only five other teams in the country are playing 11 of their 12 regular season games against Power 5 opponents, that means the Mountaineers are at a competitive disadvantage in comparison to the other 119 FBS school and all the rest of the Big 12. When WVU is beating its head against the wall 11 times, most others are doing it only 10 and in some cases nine times. In my opinion, that’s a disadvantage for the Mountaineers. But this is the schedule WVU officials want, so it’s the one that the Mountaineers will be playing annually for the next decade or so.