Maverick Rowan had committed to Pitt before his sophomore season but re-opened his recruiting in the fall. WVU also was a finalist.
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said Ohio State benefited from playing in a conference championship.
The Mountaineers boast a solid defense heading into their fourth year in the conference.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby content with conference’s 10-team lineup; league passes contact measure.
"It will continue to be a topic about which we spend at least a little time at every meeting talking about it,” Bob Bowlsby said.
The Mountaineers finished 7-6 last season.
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