I recently wrote a little piece about the Big East improving and how one of the ways that they are and should continue improving is aggressive scheduling of quality non-conference opponents.
What makes the Big East strength of schedule tougher or easier in my opinion is its non-conference opponents.
Each team in the past has had to schedule five non-conference games; however, in 2012 it will drop to four or three depending on if we get a 10th member.
West Virginia University has done a good job in recent years scheduling at least one quality non-conference opponent each season. Auburn in 08-09, LSU in 10-11, Florida State 12-13, Michigan State, 14-15 and BYU in 2016. (Keep in mind the link referenced is from September 2010, before TCU joined the Big East)
Those have been and are going to be some great games to watch and enjoy, but do you ever sit and wonder about WVU playing other teams? Or reigniting some of the older rivalries that aren't played anymore?
With Florida State on the schedule in 2012 and 2013 maybe we will finally be able to beat the team that Bowden built, especially since he won't be leading them anymore.
LSU this coming season will be the most anticipated game for Mountaineer fans; if we can beat the Bayou Bengals, then the sky is the limit.
There is no rich history between WVU and Michigan State or BYU, but those are quality teams that are and will be tough when we face them.
But for now, let's try to list some opponents that West Virginia would love to get their hands on.