After a 2012-13 season that was hindered by some tough travel schedules, West Virginia appears to have gotten some relief from the Big 12 in this year's conference schedule. Like every conference school, the Mountaineers play nine road games, but four of those look to be capable of being combined in a pair of two-game swings.
WVU travels to TCU and Texas Tech to open the league slate on Sat., Jan. 4 and Mon., Jan. 6, so those two contests won't require an intervening return trip to Morgantown, as the team will be on semester break. Classes resume on Jan. 8, which will allow the Mountaineers to knock out two road games without the pressure of class attendance.
WVU also has a two-game road swing at Oklahoma State on Sat. Jan. 25 and Baylor on Tue. Jan. 28. While not an absolute at this point, one WVU official said that it was "more than likely" that the team would be able to stay in the midwest between those games.
West Virginia also has gotten decent breaks in the scheduling of its remaining five road league games. It has a week between visits to Kansas State and Oklahoma State, and both of those games are on Saturday. Trips to Kansas (Feb. 8) and Texas (Feb. 15) are also Saturday contests, leaving just a pair of mid-week games at Iowa State and Oklahoma State near the end of the regular season. Those Wednesday games are also a week apart.
Given the necessity of slotting games into national broadcast slots, the schedule looks to be a good one for the Mountaineers. Five of the nine road games are slated on the ESPN family of networks, with one more (Texas) remaining to be determined. With only two mid-week games schedule while classes are in session, it's hard to picture much more that could have been done to alleviate West Virginia's lengthy trips.
The preponderance of Saturday road games didn't have a huge negative effect on similar games at home, either. Five of the Mountaineers' nine contests at the Coliseum are set for that day.
The Mountaineers also avoided home late starts in all but one instance. West Virginia's Jan. 22 home contest with Texas Tech is set for 8:00 p.m., but all other home conference games are either Saturday afternoon contests or 7:00 p.m. weekday tipoffs.Times for WVU's non-conference home games are still to be announced.
On the non-conference side, WVU will play four of it's first five games of the season at home. That string is broken up only by a mid-November trip to Blacksburg, Va., to play the Hokies. The Mountaineers travel to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for the Cancun Challenge on Thanksgiving weekend, and then complete the non-league slate with six games in December. Two of those will be in Charleston, where WVU faces Marshall on Dec. 14 and William & Mary on Dec. 29.