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With that, I have began to think about just who I’d like to see WVU go against in the FCS ranks. As usual, I’m expecting the “nothing to gain, everything to lose” comments from fans who are unaware of the Mountaineers’ typical schedule. But for those who understand the layout, West Virginia plays at least one FCS team annually.
- North Dakota State: Yes, let’s start this off with the very best. The Bison have been the most dominant team in the FCS ranks over the last decade, claiming eight national titles in that time span. They have proven to have NFL level talent with Carson Wentz and Trey Lance, who is expected to be a top quarterback prospect in this year’s draft. Though it typically wouldn’t be against a lower-tier opponent, if the Bison were to come to Morgantown, you could almost guarantee that Milan Puskar Stadium would be rocking.
- Jackson State: I wouldn’t expect this one to be nearly as attractive of a matchup, but having Deion Sanders on the opposing sideline in Morgantown would still be quite interesting. “Prime Time” himself would be enough to sell tickets to this matchup.
- Houston Baptist: The Huskies are not a good program – I won’t deny that. However, they still almost knocked off Texas Tech in Lubbock last season but lost, 35-33. It could certainly turn into a blowout in favor of WVU, but it could also be a fun matchup against an up-tempo offense.
- South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits are one of the better teams in the FCS, and have even knocked off a Big 12 team before in Kansas. This would be a game that WVU should win, but SDSU would bring more excitement than the typical FCS squad.
- James Madison: The Dukes last came to Morgantown in 2019, with WVU barely holding on for the close victory, 20-13. JMU has turned into a powerhouse in the FCS. They are also an opponent that makes geographical sense for WVU to play. Personally, I would like to see them on the schedule more often.