With the Big 12 having yet to make a decision on a conference-only schedule in 2020, this means that WVU currently needs a replacement for the canceled contest against the Maryland Terrapins.
Here are 3 teams WVU should consider scheduling for canceled games if allowed:
- Marshall – What a better way to bring back the Friends of Coal Bowl than a spur of the moment scheduling? 2020 hasn’t brought a lot to be excited for in the Mountain State in 2020. A matchup between the Herd and the Mountaineers would bring a lot of excitement to West Virginians. Marshall has yet to have any cancellations yet, but should the ACC announce conference only in the coming days, this would open up their September 12th matchup with Pitt. That same day, WVU is slotted to take on Eastern Kentucky. However, with FCS teams expected to have trouble with the season financially, it is expected they will not participate against FBS teams. This would leave both teams with an open September 12th slot, and both could easily get this game scheduled.
- Cincinnati – The Bearcats have been on a tear under Luke Fickell, and would be a stout challenge for the Mountaineers. This would be the most difficult to plan due to the schedules of the teams, but if they can get it done, it would quite the matchup. The Bearcats lost their September 26th matchup against Nebraska, but will likely see more changes in their schedule. The Mountaineers and Bearcats haven’t played since 2011, WVU’s last season in the Big East. This contest could look very similar to the 24-21 exciting finish from 2011 if they somehow play this season.
- Notre Dame – The Fighting Irish are simply in trouble. Though they do participate in some fashion against the ACC, they still are not technically affiliated. If WVU is able, Shane Lyons better do everything in his power to get the Fighting Irish to come play in Morgantown. However many fans are allowed in the stadium this year would be absolutely ecstatic, creating an incredible atmosphere despite a reduction in size. If the Mountaineers can schedule any non-conference games to replace cancellations, this one would be a no-brainer.