With the ACC’s move to a conference-only plus one model, one stipulation included was that each team’s non-conference game must be against a team that is in-state. Matchups like South Carolina-Clemson and Florida State-Florida will be able to take place, and the move makes sense to keep teams from unnecessary travel.
Should the Big 12 make the move for non-conference games to be with a team in-State, West Virginia will only have one choice — Marshall.
The Thundering Herd have also had their schedule tarnished due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled to play the Pitt Panthers in September 12th, that matchup is now canceled with the ACC’s announcement. As of now, West Virginia is currently scheduled to take on the Eastern Kentucky Colonels on September 12th. However, should the Ohio Valley Conference cancel competition, this would mean WVU would be scrambling for their “plus one” opponent. If the in-state restriction is in play, it would force the return of the Friends of Coal Bowl that weekend.
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