Not that Marshall's travel schedule is any easier than West Virginia's, mind you.
For instance, after tonight's game the Herd has the same amount of time to get to Houston to face Rice beginning on Thursday. And while WVU was playing three against TCU in Charleston last weekend, Marshall was in Beckley for three with East Carolina.
Shoot, the Herd doesn't play a true home game all season, bouncing between Charleston and Beckley. At least WVU had eight games in Morgantown and won seven of them.
Then again, Marshall is now 19-31 and West Virginia is 30-22 and still within striking distance of a Big 12 title. So what the Mountaineers have done with that travel schedule is rather remarkable.
"We've got an opportunity now, with three games to go, to get to the top,'' Mazey said. "I couldn't be prouder of where we are right now.''
For the record, Kansas State leads the Big 12 at 14-7. WVU and Oklahoma are tied for second at 12-9. Oklahoma State and Baylor are each 11-9. All play three-game series this weekend to wrap up league play.
So the game with Marshall tonight is really more of a nuisance than anything else. The same can be said from the other side, too, of course. Both teams would probably be better served resting up for the weekend.
If either team treats it that way - it is, after all, WVU-Marshall - it will surprise Mazey.
"I've got no doubt these guys will come out on Tuesday playing hard with a lot of energy and go into the weekend the same way,'' he said.
Losing two straight to TCU to close out last weekend in Charleston certainly didn't help West Virginia's chances of winning a league title. But again, Mazey doesn't expect anyone to play this weekend at Oklahoma State as if they have no chance. After all, they had no chance all season, right?
"It's just the character of this team,'' Mazey said. "Every time I've challenged them to do something, they've responded. We've got a huge challenge coming up.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.