Among the challenges are those back-to-back games in Texas - Oct. 6 at Texas and Oct. 13 at Texas Tech. Kansas State comes to Morgantown Oct. 20 before an open week.
After that, the season concludes with TCU at home, Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma at home, at Iowa State and the regular-season finale Dec. 1 against Kansas and new coach Charlie Weis.
With finances tight because of the settlement with the Big East and graduated revenue sharing during the first three years in the Big 12, West Virginia was given a break when the Big 12 scheduled five home games in league play. That will be just four in 2013 and will alternate thereafter.
Along with the non-conference home games against Marshall and Maryland and the neutral-site game with James Madison, that gives the school in essence eight money-making games in 2012.
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