West Virginia AD Oliver Luck announced that Georgia State has been added to the 2013 non-conference slate. The addition of Georgia State completes WVU’s non-conference slate that also includes William & Mary and Maryland.
The 2013 season will be the final season under the current BCS structure. That is good news for the Mountaineers because this non-conference menu is really unimpressive.
William &Mary has fallen apart this season at the FCS level and shows no signs of being dramatically improved for the 2013 season. Currently, the Tribe is an intimidating 2-4 this season, boasting wins over Pennsylvania and , wait for it, Georgia State.
The Panthers are currently ascending from the FCS level to competing in the Sun Belt conference for the 2013 season. This emerging juggernaut has just been crushed all season long, rolling up a mark of 0-6. GSU does not look to be competitive anytime soon. The Sun Belt seems to have picked them purely for the television market of Atlanta.
The only decent non-conference game on the 2013 schedule is the game against Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium. The fighting Edsalls (of both UMD and UCONN) seem to always give the Mountaineers a tougher than expected game. With a blossoming star in Stefon Diggs, and a talented corps of freshmen, the Terps look to be a solid squad in 2013.
Thank goodness WVU has already lined up Alabama for their 2014 non-conference schedule. The way the new playoff format is shaping up, teams will need to play stacked non-conference slates to have a shot at making the 4-team field.