The farthest Big 12 school from WVU is Texas Tech, located in Lubbock. That's a 1,465-mile trip from Morgantown and a 24-hour drive.
Assortment of food and beverages
Lucky for the team, there will be plenty of bus fuel, chicken sandwiches, cold beverages, commercial-free radio stations, hotel rooms and auto parts to go around.
The conference has seven corporate sponsors: Chick-fil-a, Dr. Pepper, Gatorade, Motel 6, O'Reilly Auto Parts, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Phillips 66 gas stations.
Bonus points for any fans who work all seven into their next tailgate party.
Speaking of tailgating ... No Big 12 schools currently allow beer sales at football games. The conference does not have any rules prohibiting the sale of alcohol, however.
WVU started selling beer at games in September. The university's athletic department predicts it will raise over $500,000 in revenue this year.
Only WVU and 20 other schools in the 120-school Football Bowl Subdivision sell beer to the general public at their stadiums, according to online publication SportsBusiness Journal.
But those controlled stadium sales are meant to crack down on binge drinking on game day.
WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck has said that the university will review the policy at the end of the season.
Human, animal and wagon mascots
WVU's Mountaineer will be the Big 12's third human mascot, joining Pistol Pete, who is Oklahoma State's mascot, and Texas Tech's Masked Rider.
Most other schools use animals: the Texas Longhorns, Baylor Bears, Kansas State Wildcats, etc.
Oklahoma's mascot is a Conestoga wagon called the "Sooner Schooner." It is pulled by two ponies, Sooner and Boomer.
The Mountaineer also is the second Big 12 mascot to carry a firearm.
Pistol Pete has several weapons at his disposal, including a rifle, double-barrel shotgun and his namesake six-shooter pistols.
The Mountaineer carries a black powder musket and a tomahawk. He fires the musket every time the football team scores a touchdown or the basketball team wins a game.
The Masked Rider does not carry a gun but mimics pistols using his thumbs and index fingers.
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