As October begins, Mountaineers face daunting slate

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Next three games feature the Big 12’s preseason favorites

A difficult series of games starts this weekend for WVU football. 

The Mountaineers (3-1, 1-0) enter the toughest portion of their Big 12 schedule beginning Saturday when they host No. 11 Texas. Each of their next three opponents, including Iowa State and Oklahoma, were the top three teams in the Big 12 preseason media poll. 

At his weekly press conference Tuesday, head coach Neal Brown said West Virginia’s open week was productive, but now it’s time for the Mountaineers to focus solely on Texas. 

“Week in and week out, we’re gonna have some big games, playing against quality opponents,” Brown said. “Our month of October, we’re gonna play some really good football all teams, and it starts with Texas.”

Last year’s game between these two teams produced an ending for the ages, and Brown has noticed that WVU fans have been excited for this particular game all season. But Brown was quick to point out that many of the stars of that victory in Austin a year ago are no longer with the program, and many of the veterans who appeared in that game only played minor roles. 

That’s why the Mountaineers can’t dwell in the past.

“This is a big one because it’s the one we play this week,” Brown said. “They happen to be ranked No. 11 in the country. West Virginia had a big win against them last year, but I don’t think that’ll have any bearing whatsoever when we line up and kick this thing off on Saturday.” 

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