As West Virginia joins a league stretching from Morgantown to Lubbock, Texas, Mountaineer fans will have a slew of new rivals.
Here is a look, from a football point of view, at the schools WVU will face in the Big 12, including undecided Missouri, which has designs on the SEC. For each team, next game is Saturday, unless noted.
Coach: Art Briles (fourth season, 19-24; ninth season overall, 53-52)
Current record: 4-2, 1-2 Big 12
Next game: At Oklahoma State
Home site: Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000), Waco, Texas
Average attendance, 2010-11: 40,282
Highest final AP ranking since 2000: None
Notable alums currently in NFL: K Matt Bryant (Falcons), P Daniel Sepulveda (Steelers)
Top underclassmen: QB Robert Griffin III, DB Mike Hicks, WR/PR Levi Norwood, DL Gary Mason Jr.
Season to date: Griffin is not only giving the Bears some rare star power, he's likely to land a prime seat at the Heisman Trophy banquet. He leads the nation in passer rating with these outrageous numbers: 142-of-182, 1,950 yards, 22 TDs, two interceptions.
The skinny: Conference USA fans remember Briles as the coach who transformed Houston from years of losing to winning a league title and becoming an offensive powerhouse. He's not doing a shabby job, as the Bears are coming off a seven-win season and are now averaging 44.3 points a game.
Iowa State Cyclones
Coach: Paul Rhoads (third season, 15-17)
Current record: 3-4, 0-4 Big 12
Next game: At Texas Tech
Home site: Jack Trice Stadium (55,000), Ames, Iowa
Average attendance, 2010-11: 48,731
Highest final AP ranking since 2000: 25th, 2000
Notable alums currently in NFL: QB Sage Rosenfels (Dolphins), QB Seneca Wallace (Browns)
Top underclassmen: QB Steele Jantz, RB James White, LB Jake Knott
The skinny: Celebrations broke out in Ames after the Cyclones beat Iowa in triple overtime. But after a road win against Connecticut, this team has been getting mopped up in league play.
Coach: Turner Gill (second season, 5-14; sixth season overall, 25-44)
Current record: 2-5, 0-4 Big 12
Next game: At Texas
Home site: Memorial Stadium (50,071), Lawrence, Kan.
Average attendance, 2010-11: 44,372
Highest final AP ranking since 2000: 7th, 2007
Notable alums currently in NFL: CB Aqib Talib (Buccaneers)
Top underclassmen: QB Jordan Webb, RB James Sims, P Ron Doherty, WR/KR D.J. Beshears, LB Steven Johnson
The skinny: The Jayhawks play Nov. 15 at Kentucky. Oh yeah, that's in basketball. That's all you really need to know, but if you're morbidly curious, this team is giving up at least 42 points to every FBS opponent so far.
Kansas State Wildcats
Coach: Bill Snyder (20th season in second stint, 156-80-1)
Current record: 7-0, 4-0 Big 12 Next game: vs. Oklahoma
Stadium: Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000), Manhattan, Kan.
Average attendance, 2010-11: 49,751
Highest final AP ranking since 2000: 7th, 2002
Notable alums currently in NFL: CB Terence Newman (Cowboys), RB Darren Sproles (Saints), QB Josh Freeman (Buccaneers)
Top underclassmen: QB Collin Klein, WR Chris Harper, DL Meshak Williams
The skinny: Snyder is engineering his second miracle in Manhattan, aka "The Little Apple." The season didn't start well, with a 10-7 win against Eastern Kentucky, but the Wildcats have won in Miami, nipped Baylor and won at Texas Tech. And, yes, they re-established themselves as the Sunflower State bully by whacking Kansas 59-21. The next four weeks will determine if K-State is the real deal.
Coach: Gary Pinkel (11th season, 80-53; 21st season overall, 156-93-3)
Current record: 3-4, 1-3 Big 12
Next game: At Texas
Home site: Faurot Field (71,004), Columbia, Mo.
Average attendance, 2010-11: 62,618
Highest final AP ranking since 2000: 4th, 2007
Notable alums currently in NFL: QB Blaine Gabbert (Jaguars), DE Ziggy Hood (Steelers)