Good match up
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Nice, short bus rides for those two 1-AA squads, both teams’ fan bases should buy out the alloted tickets.
“West Virginia is no longer playing FCS teams” the words uttered from WVU’s offensive coordinator just two seasons ago. Doing a great job on that front. Hopefully there is a no more lies clause in his new contract extension. I had hoped Shane Lyons would be the saviour. More of the same to come.
Gotta hand it to West Virginia. They are working hard to improve on that Big 12 schedule. And somehow, adding Delaware State is improving on the Big 12 schedule…
looking at WVUs OOC in recent years and going forward a game with and FCS opponent is not a problem. In most years it looks like WVU is scheduling 2 OOC games with P5 teams.
I hope the Hornets sting them in the a-s!
sorry, Mountaineers 63-6
Now, had they scheduled Delaware, a constant FCS power… or *any* CAA team, like a James Madison, or Villanova, or Maine, or New Hampshire, we’d give them some credit. But about the bottom of the barrel FCS? What, are they trying to out-Baylor Baylor?
2017 is their weakest non conf schedule. This year & 2018 on its legit. Look @ their future schedules. Out Baylor, Baylor? Whatever dude. Lay off the smoke.
What a crock of crap! Why not schedule a high football team and save the money. A half a million is ridiculous
I applaud this. Other FBS ADs need to take notes. Fans want to see these kinds of games, not Rutgers at Michigan.
Yeah & fans don’t want to see Rutgers beating Michigan either.
I don’t mind Rutgers and Michigan -_-
Josh – Rutgers has to play Michigan… They are in the same conference and Division.
Fans will be happy to see this, let the couches burn!
A good move by both teams. It would be even better if somehow they could make it an end of year game, rivalry week. That would probably require another ACC team to find another OOC game to schedule for rivalry week.
News flash: This just in, between now and 2024 Baylor also a member of the Big 12 has all of 4 OOC games scheduled with teams from P5 conferences (Duke in 2017 and 2018 and Utah in 2023 and 2024) WVU has 17 OOC games scheduled with P5 teams. Does anyone know when the Incarnate Word at Baylor tickets go on sale?
Baylor-Cal possible in Australia for 2016. Baylor-Ark (in Houston) for 2019 and Baylor-Ark 2020 has been rumoured as well as Baylor-Mizzo 2021-22. Will believe it when I see it.
Baylor AD recently said overseas isn’t happening next year.
ESPN reported West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen says WV will no longer schedule FCS opponents, and wants all FBS programs do the same.
West Virginia plays Liberty on Saturday, and the Mountaineers have Youngstown State on the schedule next in 2016. After that there are no future games planned against FCS opponents.
“If we are scheduling two Power 5 schools and a non-Power 5 school, then I wish everyone else would, too, as opposed to what some of the other schools are doing by scheduling an FCS school or two FCS schools and two other non-Power 5 schools. You can figure out who I’m talking about.”
Any word on a possible 2019 “neutral field” WV-FlaSt game in Jacksonville? With WV already having Mizzo and NC St on the 2019 schedule, that would be something.
So now it might be Cal vs Hawaii in Australia. Tricky logistics for sure.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but ACC teams can still schedule 4 OOC opponents in the long run, right? If so, there’s a good chance that Pitt could play PSU and WVU annually for years and years to come. If Penn State decides to make Pitt a permanent annual opponent, I believe that starting in 2020, the game should be played Thanksgiving Weekend, and Penn State might have to alter their usual series rotation (hosting the team on even years, traveling to the team on odd years; compared to the current travel to team on even years, host the team on odd years). But this all depends on any long term decisions as far as future opponents and scheduling alterations.
Yes, ACC teams can schedule 4 OOC games minus their Notre Dame requirements per year. However, Penn State is only able to schedule 3 OOC games per year. This is where the problem lies… Penn State will play 5 away conference games every year, therefore that year, they must play 3 OOC Home games. That leaves only 1 Home-and-Home option available at a time.
It is my personal belief that a school like Penn State would be limiting itself by playing Pitt every year for the next 100 years; this would require Penn State to forgo playing scheduling any other Home-and-Home deals, unless they are OK with only playing 5 true home games one season (unlikely!)
This is Fantastic! Now if only Texas and Texas A&M will schedule one another too? How about Nebraska and Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas, or even Temple and Pitt? Conference Expansion, and raiding other Conferences have destroyed a lot of great rivalries! ….If you look back to 1982, Pitt could have saved us all from this mess had they agreed to join an all sports Eastern Conference with Penn State, WVU, Syracuse, Boston College, Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and Temple, but instead joined the Big East in all sports except football which they remained an Independent, as did the others. …Penn State would go on to join The Big 10, Florida State the ACC, and that left the other 8 Schools which joined the new Big East Football Conference, and we all now what happened after that? …i am a big Pittsburgh Panther fan, and I like WVU and Penn State, and Temple as well, but if Pitt’s Ad at the time wasn’t such a Penn State hater, we would have a Great Eastern Football Conference today, and yes, maybe there would have been still Conference Expansion, but I doubt Penn State would have left a Powerful Eastern Conference where they would have won a lot of Championships, and possible National Championships for the Big 10?
What about Pitt/Ohio State???????
As a Mountaineer fan I’d much rather resume a series with VaTech. Their fans have pulses.
I love Pitt scheduling WVU and Penn State Rivalry games again. Good Job to the AD of all three schools for scheduling up and giving fans the games they want to see. It could be even better if they played Thanksgiving week like ACC games like Florida – Florida ST, Clemson – South Carolina, Georgia – Georgia Tech Louisville – Kentucky
lits goooo Mountaineers!!!!!!!!
Actually the non-conference schedule was reduced from 5 OOC games (BE) to 3 (B12) when they moved conferences.