As a follow up to the previous post on WVU’s move to the Big XII, we thought it would be interesting to look back at WVU’s most played rivalries.
Since college football plays a twelve game schedule, we thought it would be interesting to see what a 12 game schedule featuring the Mountaineers 12 most frequently played rivals would look like. For the purposes of this mock schedule, we have randomly generated a schedule based on the total number of match-ups and mimicing this years dates. That schedule looks like this:
- Sept 1 Richmond at West Virginia (WVU leads the all-time series 21-3-1)
- Sept 15 Washington & Lee vs West Virginia, played in Charleston, WV (WVU leads series 27-6-4)
- Sept 22 Maryland at West Virginia (WVU leads series 26-21-2)
- Sept 29 Boston College at West Virginia (WVU leads series 21-11-1)
- Oct 6 West Virginia at Penn State (PSU leads series 48-9-2)
- Oct 13 West Virginia at Temple (WVU leads series 24-12)
- Oct 20 West Virginia Wesleyan at West Virginia (WVU leads series 29-4-1)
- Nov 3 Rutgers at West Virginia (WVU leads series 33-4-2)
- Nov 10 West Virginia at Syracuse (SU leads series 32-27)
- Nov 17 Virginia Tech at West Virginia (WVU leads series 28-22-1)
- Nov 24 West Virginia at Pittsburgh (Pitt leads series 61-40-3)
- Dec 1 Washington & Jefferson at West Virginia (W&J leads series 20-12-2)
Obviously this schedule is not at all feasible. Usually FBS teams only play one game a season against FCS level competition. This schedule would call for the Mountaineers to play only 8 FBS opponents. Richmond is an FCS squad, West Virginia Wesleyan plays Division II football, and both Washington & Jefferson and Washington & Lee play Division III football.
To make this schedule work as a real FBS schedule, you would have to drop WVW, W&J, and W&L. The next three most frequent FBS opponents Virginia (UVA leads the series 12-10-1), East Carolina (WVU leads series 18-3), and Cincinnati (WVU leads series 16-3-1).
So what do you think HailWV Nation? Would you like to see WVU play a schedule like this? Would you add different teams to the schedule? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!