In this Nov. 2, 2013, file photo, West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett prepares to pass against TCU during the first half of an NCAA football game in Fort Worth, Texas. West Virginia is 11-14 over the past two seasons and must show significant improvements on both sides of the ball to avoid another year of disappointment. The offense will rely on Trickett, who started seven games a year ago and is coming off shoulder surgery in the offseason.
By Stephen Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Saturday: Alabama, 3:30 p.m., Atlanta — West Virginia native Nick Saban brings his second-ranked Crimson Tide to face off with the Mountaineers in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
Sept. 6: Towson, 7:30 p.m. — First meeting between the schools. Rob Ambrose’s Tigers are coming off a 13-3 season that ended in a 35-7 loss against North Dakota State in the Division I-AA national title game.
Sept. 13: at Maryland, noon — Hits the road hoping to wipe egg off its face from the 37-0 white-washing the Terrapins gave it them a year ago in Baltimore.
Sept. 20: Oklahoma, TBA — Downward 2013 spiral began with an ugly 16-7 Week 2 loss vs. the Sooners in Norman, Okla. It spelled the end of Paul Millard’s short stint as starting QB.
Oct. 4: Kansas, TBA — The Jayhawks had lost 27 conference games in a row until shredding West Virginia, 31-19, in November 2013, running roughshod over the Mountaineers defense for 315 rushing yards.
Oct. 11: at Texas Tech, TBA — Rookie Red Raiders QB Davis Webb passed for 462 yards as West Virginia let another late lead slip away and lost, 37-27, at Mountaineer Field.
Oct. 18: Baylor, TBA — Could another shootout be on tap? The Mountaineers and Bears have combined for 248 points in two meetings over the past two years, splitting the series, 1-1.
Oct. 25: at Oklahoma State, TBA — Clint Trickett snapped the Cowboys’ shot at a perfect season a year ago with a heroic effort in a 31-21 win despite injuring his shoulder late in the third quarter.
Nov. 1: TCU, TBA — West Virginia and TCU have had eerily similar results in their first two seasons in the Big 12, going 7-5 in 2012 and 4-8 in 2013, after averaging nearly double-digit wins for years prior to the conference realignment.
Nov. 8: at Texas, TBA — Former Louisville coach Charlie Strong takes the reins in Austin after Mack Brown stepped down after 15 years at the helm.
Nov. 20 (Thursday): Kansas State, 7 p.m. — The Wildcats scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half to come back and overwhelm West Virginia, 35-12, in Manhattan, Kan., in October 2013.
Nov. 29: at Iowa State, TBA — It took three overtime sessions, but the Cyclones put a dreary cap on West Virginia’s 2013 season with a 52-44 victory to send both teams into a bowl-less offseason.
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