- David Ubben, College Football
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Time to wrap our series on the most important game for each team in the Big 12.
I have my own opinions on that for every team, but I'll ask the fans what they think first before I weigh in on what game I'd pick and why.
You can define "important" in a number of ways, which is why this exercise should be intriguing.
Here goes for those boys from West Virginia.
at Oklahoma, Sept. 7: There's no slam dunk game on this schedule, so voting should be interesting, but for a team getting used to much more moderate expectations in 2013 than in 2012, nothing would inspire excitement around this team more than going into Norman and getting a huge win over a solid Oklahoma team and a program that nipped WVU with a late score in Morgantown last year.
at Maryland, Sept. 21: WVU could definitely be hanging on when it comes to bowl eligibility, and in a deep Big 12, you can't afford to lose games in nonconference play when you do that. Stefon Diggs is dangerous, and Maryland should be an improved team while WVU will still learning to play with a young roster in mid-September.
vs. Texas, Nov. 9: Beating Texas always feels good to the rest of the Big 12. WVU and TCU both found that out last season, notching the best wins of their seasons against the Longhorns. This should be a big-time crowd at Mountaineer Field, and sending them home disappointed is no way to handle business. The Horns could be in the national title hunt when they come to Morgantown, too.
Iowa State, Nov. 29: Speaking of bowl eligibility, losing to teams picked below you in the Big 12 standings late in the season is a sure way to ruin that. WVU closes its season at home against a plucky Iowa State team capable of beating anyone in the league. Show up in this one or it's entirely possible WVU is at home this bowl season. WVU needed a win over ISU last year to reach bowl eligibility.
Oklahoma State, Sept. 28: OSU should be undefeated for this game and could easily be in the top 10 or top five, depending on how the rest of college football shakes out. Winning this one would be a nice sign of things to come on the field for WVU and a win that would attract a bunch of attention.
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