How does WVU stack up vs. the Big 12?

The timing is still up for grabs, but West Virginia is headed to the Big 12.

As we've done in the past, here's a look at the Mountaineers' history with their new league. A few other realignment history lessons before we get started:

West Virginia has never played Iowa State or Baylor. Will the world end when they do? My guess is no. As for the teams the Mounties (I'm rolling with this nickname) have played, here goes:

Kansas (1-0)

  • West Virginia won the only meeting 21-0, in 1941 in Morgantown, W.Va.

Kansas State (1-1)

  • The teams split a home-and-home in 1930 and 1931, with both games decided by at least 16 points. West Virginia won 23-7 in 1930; K-State won 19-0 in 1931.

Oklahoma (2-2)

  • West Virginia memorably ran all over Oklahoma with Pat White and Noel Devine in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl, a 48-28 Mountaineers victory.

  • West Virginia also won a 1982 matchup 41-27. The two teams have never played in Morgantown, though. Hey, Big 12, how about sending the Sooners out there for the first matchup? I hear the Sooners draw a crowd, too.

  • The Sooners won the first two games in Norman back in 1958 and 1978.

Oklahoma State (2-1)

  • Oklahoma State won the last meeting, 35-33, in the 1987 Sun Bowl on Christmas Day. Before that, though, West Virginia swept a home-and-home in 1928 and 1929.

Texas (1-0)

  • The Mountaineers won 7-6 in the only meeting, in 1956 in Austin. Sounds like a barnburner.

TCU (1-0)

  • West Virginia won the lone meeting 31-14 in the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl at the Astrodome in Houston.

Texas Tech (1-0)

  • West Virginia won the lone meeting 7-6 in 1938 Sun Bowl on New Year's Day.


Missouri (2-3)

  • Mizzou won the last meeting 34-31 in the 1998 Insight.com Bowl.

  • West Virginia swept a home-and-home in 1993 and 1994, notching lopsided victories of 34-10 and 35-3.

  • Missouri shut out West Virginia in a home-and-home in 1926 and 1927 by scores of 13-0 and 27-0.

West Virginia has, regrettably, never played Texas A&M, either.

Overall: 11-7

Clearly, West Virginia lacks history with many folks in the Big 12. Getting that started should be fun, though. No Big 12 team has traveled to Morgantown since 1941, and no Big 12 team has played West Virginia in the regular season since 1982.

How come nobody ever wanted to schedule these guys in the nonconference? There are a lot of teams in college football, but that gap is staggering. WVU's been a good program.

The Big 12 is 1-4 against West Virginia in bowl games, but there won't be any more of that as long as the Mountaineers are Big 12 members.

That's forever ... right?