A look ahead at Mountaineer Football & the Big 12 in 2024

MORGANTOWN, WV—It’s Never too early to talk about Mountaineer Football and what’s going on in the Big 12 Conference. Of course the Mountaineers will have two huge non-conference games before entering league play facing Penn State and the Backyard Brawl with Pitt. 

With Texas and Oklahoma departing the conference, West Virginia will start facing completely different teams in the Big 12. The Mountaineers will travel to Arizona on October 26. Arizona will be the only new Big 12 foe in 2024. It will be the first time ever for the two teams to face each other. All time, the Mountaineers have had 15 conference championships compared to six for the Wildcats. WVU has participated in 40 bowl games compared to Arizona’s 22.

Here is how the Big 12 Conference looks for the 2024 season. This season will mark the debut of Arizona, Arizona State and Utah as Big 12 members, and the return of Colorado to the league. Big 12 programs will continue to play nine league games without divisions. The regular season league play concludes over Thanksgiving weekend with a full slate of eight games. The Conference season culminates with the 2024 Dr. Pepper Big 12 Football Championship game on Saturday, December 7 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

The 29th season of Big 12 Football action debuts on September 14 when TCU hosts UCF. Here are some of the new rivalries and old rivalries renewed during the 2024 season: BYU will travel to Utah Nov. 9, Arizona will host Arizona State on Nov. 30 and Colorado makes its Big 12 return on Sept 21 vs. Baylor. The Sunflower Showdown between Kansas and K-State will take place in Manhattan on Oct. 26. Oklahoma State will host Texas Tech on Nov. 23 and K-State travels to Ames Iowa to take on Iowa State the following week. 

Cincinnati hosts the Mountaineers on Nov. 9, for the first time since 2011. Houston entertains Baylor on Nov. 30 for the first time since they were both Southwest Conference Members.

So here is the official Big 12 lineup: Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, BYU, Cincinnati, Colorado, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, UCF, Utah and West Virginia.

West Virginia will face these Big 12 Teams this year: Kansas, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Kansas State, Arizona, Cincinnati, Baylor, UCF, and finally Texas Tech on Nov. 30.

Some experts predict WVU will win most of their games this year. Time will tell. Mountaineersports.com will have its WVU 2024 football prediction in July.