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The month of November may not look too daunting at a glance, but upon a second look it could very well be a stretch that makes or breaks the 2012 season for the Mountaineers.
2012 West Virginia Schedule
Nov. 3, TCU Horned Frogs
Nov. 10, at Oklahoma State Cowboys
Nov. 17, Oklahoma Sooners
Nov. 24, at Iowa State Cyclones
TCU returns starting quarterback Casey Paschall from a successful 2011 outing. The Horned Frogs will also just be beginning their tenure in the Big 12. It will be a matchup of the "new kids on the block" and it shouldn't disappoint.
From an offensive standpoint, the Oklahoma State matchup could be one of the most exciting games of the year. Although the Cowboys lost Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon to the NFL, there are some talented players waiting to replace them. On top of that, a trip to Stillwater has always been a daunting task for any team.
The visit from Oklahoma on Nov. 17 is easily the biggest game of the year for the Mountaineers. If fans in Morgantown have any hopes of a Big 12 title, beating the Sooners is an absolute must. Quarterback and likely Heisman candidate, Landry Jones returns in good form, but Bob Stoops will have to find quality receivers for Jones to throw to.
Nobody will forget the Oklahoma State Cowboys losing at Jack Trice Stadium last year in dramatic fashion, ending their national championship aspirations. After what the Mountaineers will have to go through earlier in November, this has huge letdown potential.
Navigate November, and the Mountaineers may very well be on their way to winning their first Big 12 title, in only the first year in the conference.