WVU 2021 Football Schedule Analysis

West Virginia’s recently released 2021 football schedule has a familiar structure, with the overall placement of home/road league games and the open date key parts of the slate.

The Big 12 again paid attention to West Virginia’s lengthy travel times for league road games, and did not give the Mountaineers road contests on back-to-back weekends. WVU does have two consecutive league road match-ups – at Baylor and at TCU – but those are split up by an open date. While some observers believe West Virginia gets short shrift from the league, the Big 12 has avoided assigning WVU back-to-back road games in consecutive weeks.

While it’s true that some other league teams don’t have consecutive back-to-backers in conference play, four teams do have to hit the road on two weekends in succession. Iowa State, Kansas, TCU and Texas all are slated for that unenviable task in 2021. Additionally, counting the neutral site game in Dallas, Oklahoma and Texas also have back-to-back games away from home. That might leave the Longhorns with the toughest league schedule in terms or road venues, as they have to travel to face TCU and Oklahoma, then Baylor and Iowa State, in the span of just six weekends.

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Other tough slates, or portions thereof, in the league belong to Iowa State, Kansas, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, all of which have four game Big 12 stretches on consecutive weekends that include three away from home. The Cowboys’ trips to Texas, Iowa State and West Virginia could be the toughest of that grouping.

Shifting the gaze back to West Virginia, the Mountaineers have an evenly-split schedule, with six home games on either side of the open date on Oct. 16. Those games are also nicely divided into three road and three home games each.

Of course, no team gets everything it wants in its schedule, and that’s true for WVU also. The Mountaineers face a tough September with games against Maryland, Virginia Tech and the Big 12 opener against Oklahoma, lightened only by the home pay game against Long Island from the FCS ranks. That makes the opening road trek to Terp land a very important one, as a loss would have the potential of saddling WVU with a 1-3 record in the month.

The October slate ramps up in difficulty as the month progresses, with the TCU and Iowa State at the back end, leading into a tough start to November with a home date against Oklahoma State.

From there, though, the path is laid out for a potentially strong finish. WVU gets Kansas State and Kansas saddled around perennially underachieving Texas, which the Mountaineers had every chance to beat in 2020.

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Other schedule notes: TCU has the earliest open date (Sep. 18), which will force it to play on 10 consecutive weekends, including all of its conference games.

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Every game on the league schedule is set for Saturday at the moment. While some of those can, and probably will, change days, there are usually at least a couple of games set for Thursday or Friday by this time, especially those the week of Thanksgiving or early in the year.

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Only one league team – WVU – has two Power 5 teams in the non-conference portion of its schedule. Six Big 12 teams face one, with Kansas’ match-up against Duke, Oklahoma’s contest against Nebraska and Texas’ trip to Arkansas less than stellar features.

Baylor again ducks any P5 foes, but does have a game against BYU, while Oklahoma State has Boise State as a respectable sub for a top-tier conference opponent. Texas Tech features Houston as its best non-conference foe. It’s tough to pick a “best of” out of this assortment, although Iowa State-Northern Iowa, TCU-SMU, Texas-Louisiana and Kansas-Coastal Carolina are all contests featuring worthy Group of 5 foes.

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    West Virginia’s recently released 2021 football schedule has a familiar structure, with the overall placement of home/road league games and the open d
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    #138211

    Kevin, let’s not try to compare away game travel for any of the TX schools to another TX or even OK school to flights from Clarksburg.  WVU will fly 2 1/2 hours on average to get to the games.  Some of the TX schools are close enough to bus.  Not even a close comparison when you know that your return trip to Morgantown will get you into your room at O Dark Thirty.

    #138222

    My annual rant: playing 11 power 5 teams each year is not in best interest of WVU… while some Big10 teams play 3 bunnies and some ACC and SEC play 4 bunnies

    #138224

    I like that WV plays more actual games and fewer buy ins.  It’s every other program that gets it wrong.

    #138253

    My annual rant: playing 11 power 5 teams each year is not in best interest of WVU… while some Big10 teams play 3 bunnies and some ACC and SEC play 4 bunnies –

    Agreed. This may be the most difficult schedule ever played.  I could see playing one of the old rivals (Pitt, Tech, Syracuse, etc…) each year but when you have 2; you’re making the uphill climb steeper.  It’s all about the $$$; if programs really cared about the student-athlete, we’d still be playing 11 regular season games.

    #138281

    As I noted, WVU is the only team that annually does not get back to back road games on successive weekends. The Big 12 recognizes that WVU’s travel is difficult, and does help in that regard in every year. Nowhere did I “compare” the makeup of individual road trips.

    Also, WVU averages about one road night football game per year in the league. That does result in late arrival. But if it plays on the road at noon or 2:30, it does not get back home at o’dark thirty.

    The travel is a grind on basketball and volleyball. Not so much on football, when trips are at least two weeks apart and don’t involve a number of early morning home arrivals.

    #138292

    Point taken about FB vs BB and VB.  Correct as usual.

    Travel is lopsided no matter how they try to make it easier.  That’s the price of WVU being in a P5 vs the alternative. Even if we were in the AAC the only close games would be Temple, Cincy and ECU.  Rest are all in the south.

    We just like to complain to hear ourselves complain.

    #138302

    Huggins take of any travel travail on his show last night was basically, it might hav been LOUISVILLE!
    We’re in a conference. Think of what it could be without it! Travel would be the least worry! And look at the money aspect!

    #138323

    Ditto.

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