"We'll shift a little bit and still try to schedule one Top 10. We're moving toward trying to schedule one Top 10 team and two Top 40 opponents and somebody else. In a playoff, the nonconference schedule will have some weight."
WVU's Luck said he hasn't reconsidered his school's future slates yet "because we're not sure exactly what the playoff rules will be.
"Gene Smith is probably on a [playoff] committee though. I think what he's saying is you're going to have to play very competitive nonconference games and win."
Luck said in addition to learning the new playoff format, he needs to "get a sense of the Big 12. Are we going to stay at 10 [members]?"
Mountaineer deputy AD Mike Parsons, coincidentally, spent some of his Thursday on scheduling issues.
"We're working on filling a hole in the 2013 schedule," Parsons said. "When we added Alabama in 2014, the East Carolina game for that year and 2013 went away. So we're looking for a game we don't have to return, or one we don't have to return for a long while."
When the playoff format kicks in, a selection committee will undoubtedly be in place, much as in basketball. So strength of schedule will be a factor.
In 2014, WVU is fine in that regard, with the Crimson Tide on the schedule for a meeting in Atlanta. Maryland and Towson are also on WVU's docket.
Luck, Parsons and company, however, will want to re-evaluate the 2015 schedule. Because football money floats the athletic boat, they always need seven home games. They juggle the "one-off" opportunities like last week's James Madison game and those upcoming against BYU and Alabama.
WVU's 2015 nonconference schedule, however, now consists of Liberty, East Carolina and Maryland. While the Big 12 portion of the schedule will always be difficult, that lineup won't impress any selection committee.
And finally . . .
We usually run hole-in-one news on the sports section's agate page beside standings, transactions, odds, etc.
This ace, however, is a little different.
It was carded last weekend on the No. 7, 150-yard hole at the Fairmont Field Club in Marion County. It was the first for the 75-year-old golfer.
And it was carded by the finest man I know: Bernie Vingle.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.