Nice, short bus rides for those two 1-AA squads, both teams’ fan bases should buy out the alloted tickets.
Gotta hand it to West Virginia. They are working hard to improve on that Big 12 schedule. And somehow, adding Delaware State is improving on the Big 12 schedule…
looking at WVUs OOC in recent years and going forward a game with and FCS opponent is not a problem. In most years it looks like WVU is scheduling 2 OOC games with P5 teams.
I hope the Hornets sting them in the a-s!
sorry, Mountaineers 63-6
Now, had they scheduled Delaware, a constant FCS power… or *any* CAA team, like a James Madison, or Villanova, or Maine, or New Hampshire, we’d give them some credit. But about the bottom of the barrel FCS? What, are they trying to out-Baylor Baylor?
2017 is their weakest non conf schedule. This year & 2018 on its legit. Look @ their future schedules. Out Baylor, Baylor? Whatever dude. Lay off the smoke.
What a crock of crap! Why not schedule a high football team and save the money. A half a million is ridiculous
I applaud this. Other FBS ADs need to take notes. Fans want to see these kinds of games, not Rutgers at Michigan.
Yeah & fans don’t want to see Rutgers beating Michigan either.
I don’t mind Rutgers and Michigan -_-
Josh – Rutgers has to play Michigan… They are in the same conference and Division.
Fans will be happy to see this, let the couches burn!
A good move by both teams. It would be even better if somehow they could make it an end of year game, rivalry week. That would probably require another ACC team to find another OOC game to schedule for rivalry week.
News flash: This just in, between now and 2024 Baylor also a member of the Big 12 has all of 4 OOC games scheduled with teams from P5 conferences (Duke in 2017 and 2018 and Utah in 2023 and 2024) WVU has 17 OOC games scheduled with P5 teams. Does anyone know when the Incarnate Word at Baylor tickets go on sale?
Baylor-Cal possible in Australia for 2016. Baylor-Ark (in Houston) for 2019 and Baylor-Ark 2020 has been rumoured as well as Baylor-Mizzo 2021-22. Will believe it when I see it.
Baylor AD recently said overseas isn’t happening next year.
ESPN reported West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen says WV will no longer schedule FCS opponents, and wants all FBS programs do the same.
West Virginia plays Liberty on Saturday, and the Mountaineers have Youngstown State on the schedule next in 2016. After that there are no future games planned against FCS opponents.
“If we are scheduling two Power 5 schools and a non-Power 5 school, then I wish everyone else would, too, as opposed to what some of the other schools are doing by scheduling an FCS school or two FCS schools and two other non-Power 5 schools. You can figure out who I’m talking about.”
Any word on a possible 2019 “neutral field” WV-FlaSt game in Jacksonville? With WV already having Mizzo and NC St on the 2019 schedule, that would be something.
So now it might be Cal vs Hawaii in Australia. Tricky logistics for sure.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but ACC teams can still schedule 4 OOC opponents in the long run, right? If so, there’s a good chance that Pitt could play PSU and WVU annually for years and years to come. If Penn State decides to make Pitt a permanent annual opponent, I believe that starting in 2020, the game should be played Thanksgiving Weekend, and Penn State might have to alter their usual series rotation (hosting the team on even years, traveling to the team on odd years; compared to the current travel to team on even years, host the team on odd years). But this all depends on any long term decisions as far as future opponents and scheduling alterations.
Yes, ACC teams can schedule 4 OOC games minus their Notre Dame requirements per year. However, Penn State is only able to schedule 3 OOC games per year. This is where the problem lies… Penn State will play 5 away conference games every year, therefore that year, they must play 3 OOC Home games. That leaves only 1 Home-and-Home option available at a time.
It is my personal belief that a school like Penn State would be limiting itself by playing Pitt every year for the next 100 years; this would require Penn State to forgo playing scheduling any other Home-and-Home deals, unless they are OK with only playing 5 true home games one season (unlikely!)
This is Fantastic! Now if only Texas and Texas A&M will schedule one another too? How about Nebraska and Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas, or even Temple and Pitt? Conference Expansion, and raiding other Conferences have destroyed a lot of great rivalries! ….If you look back to 1982, Pitt could have saved us all from this mess had they agreed to join an all sports Eastern Conference with Penn State, WVU, Syracuse, Boston College, Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and Temple, but instead joined the Big East in all sports except football which they remained an Independent, as did the others. …Penn State would go on to join The Big 10, Florida State the ACC, and that left the other 8 Schools which joined the new Big East Football Conference, and we all now what happened after that? …i am a big Pittsburgh Panther fan, and I like WVU and Penn State, and Temple as well, but if Pitt’s Ad at the time wasn’t such a Penn State hater, we would have a Great Eastern Football Conference today, and yes, maybe there would have been still Conference Expansion, but I doubt Penn State would have left a Powerful Eastern Conference where they would have won a lot of Championships, and possible National Championships for the Big 10?
What about Pitt/Ohio State???????
As a Mountaineer fan I’d much rather resume a series with VaTech. Their fans have pulses.
I love Pitt scheduling WVU and Penn State Rivalry games again. Good Job to the AD of all three schools for scheduling up and giving fans the games they want to see. It could be even better if they played Thanksgiving week like ACC games like Florida – Florida ST, Clemson – South Carolina, Georgia – Georgia Tech Louisville – Kentucky
Actually the non-conference schedule was reduced from 5 OOC games (BE) to 3 (B12) when they moved conferences.
In 2015 59 of the 63 teams which make up the P5 teams will have one bye week. And then there is Big 12 scheduling. WVU, KSU, Texas and Baylor will be the only teams in all of the P5 teams to have two bye weeks.
Smooth move Big 12. Even within the conference WVU, KSU, Texas and Baylor have an advantage over the other six teams. Add in KSU and Baylor have no P5 OOC games and this scheduling looks even worse.
Yep and the extra bye week is a definite advantage.
The OOC is pretty much garbage. OU, TEX, and WVU are the only B12 teams that consistently play challenging OOC schedules. (I know others do sometimes but they do every year)
Because the Big12 doesn’t have a championship game, they can schedule games on the weekend when the other conferences hold their conference game, thus the extra bye week.
In regards to these teams having an advantage because they are the only teams with two byes. WVU, KSU, Texas and Baylor. I haven’t looked at the rest of the P5 schedules but these 4 teams play on a Thursday and have the Saturday before off as you cant play Saturday, Thursday, Saturday. WVU has a bye in week three which was a result of joining the Big12 and had to cancel a game that week and then plays at Baylor, gets the next week off and then goes at TCU on Thursday night and since they travel more than any other team in all of college football for conference games (maybe besides Hawaii) this was also a factor for fairness.
They need to all play the first weekend in December. This can really hurt them and waste a bye week.
The OOC schedules for Baylor, Oklahoma St and Kansas St are a disgrace. That’s why these programs will never earn a playoff berth. Those weak schedules weaken the overall XII strength of schedule, negative impacting the XII programs who dare to schedule stronger opponents. Texas, Oklahoma, West Virginia and TCU should be pressing their fellow brethren to get their ship into shape.
Also without a conference championship, the XII will forever remain behind the Pac-12 which plays 9-game schedule AND a conference championship. The B1G will be going to a 9-game conference schedule in 2016.
The XII needs to be true to their name and get back to 12. But if not suffer the consequences.
No XII championship game is the rason for the bye.
But looking at the disgraceful OOC schedules for Baylor, Oklahoma St and Kansas St. those three programs effectively have more then two byes. And each are playing for nothing more than a bowl game. Potential recruits be aware!
Most other P5 schools should look at Texas’ OCC schedules and do their best to emulate them. 2 P5 OCC games a year AND a nine game conference slate. Very impressive.
This will be the first year in a very long time that Texas will play two OOC teams that are in P5 (or BCS conferences). Texas felt pressure to change how they scheduled in 2009 when they had four OOC games and none were with any teams from a BCS conference.
In fact the Texas 2009 team and the OU 2000 teams are the only teams which made an appearance in a BCSNCG while going 0-0 in OOC games with BCS teams. Even the SEC teams which made the BCSNCG never did that.
So let’s hold off praising Texas for doing what other teams have been doing for years.
Yes we know that no CCG is the reason for the bye. It shouldn’t be though. If they don’t want a CCG, they shouldn’t be able to schedule games on CCG (postseason) weekend.
Other conferences have to fit their 12 game regular season schedule in a 13 or 14 week period (depending on the season) and the B12 has to fit their 12 game regular season schedule in a 14 or 15 week period (cause of no CCG)
I think this is an unfair advantage that shouldn’t be allowed. CCG weekend should be allowed for CCG’s only and teams that are playing an extra 13th, non-regular season game.
Agree with Travis.
Should not boast about Texas schedule as they play no CCG, and get an extra bye week to rest, recover and prepare, unlike programs from other P5 conference programs.
The XII cannot fulfill its bowl commitments this season, with OK St, Texas Tech, Kansas
and Iowa St not playing in a bowl. And Baylor’s lightweight OOC schedule should keep them out of a major bowl.
If the XII is not motivated to bring in two more programs, maybe its time for the XII to split up, with half going to the four other P5 conferences and and the other half to G5 conferences. And if Texas doesn’t want to share TV revenue then they can go independent, like Notre Dame.
A couple of examples of the absurdity of the Big 12 schedule.
Texas Tech will play 11 games with out a bye week. After the bye week Texas Tech will play their last game of the season in week 13.
Kansas will have a bye week in week 3, then play 10 consecutive weeks, ending their season in week 13.
Baylor will have bye weeks in week 3 and again on week 9, ending their season on week 14
KSU will have bye weeks4 and again on week 9, ending their season on week 14.
Well it is funny to see Oklahoma get screwed too. One bye week on week 4 and then play nine consecutive weeks and finish their season week 13.
I think the two bye weeks for Baylor and KSU are even more absurd as they are two of three Big 12 teams not playing any OOC games with P5 teams.
The Big 12, where, they all play with each other, it is just some Big 12 teams a more equal than others.
Well, I know one game I hope the Sooner’s win. The first one.
I am hoping that the Big 12 can get some more good college football teams in like the Big 10 did. I would enjoy seeing the playoff games again with the Big 12 name on it. Does anyone have a team or two that would like to join the Big 12. Maybe a team from California or another Texas team.
Where is Memphis?
Memphis is in the American Athletic Conference, not the Big 12.
What ‘s does the 2017 football schedule look like in October?
Probably won’t be announced until around Fall of 2016.