Group Of Five Teams That WVU Should Consider Scheduling

Morgantown, WV – Over the last year, WVU Athletic Director Wren Baker has been adamant that the Mountaineers will have at least one Group Of Five team on their schedule moving forward. This scheduling trend will begin for WVU in 2025 when they travel to Athens, Ohio to tangle with the Ohio Bobcats.

Fans should expect the Mountaineers to ink games with Group Of Five teams in the near future. While there has been no indication as to who WVU may include on their schedule, it should be anticipated that these games will be kept within the region.

Today, we are going to take a look at five Group Of Five teams that the Mountaineers should consider scheduling in the future. We will also present what we believe to be the best scheduling deal between the two schools.

Without further ado…

  • Kent State Golden Flashes (Kent, Ohio)

Kent State has historically always been willing to play up in competition. While they are usually uncompetitive with Power Five schools, they can provide an extra home game for WVU. A contest with the Golden Flashes would strictly be used to build momentum going into conference play.

WVU holds a 4-0 record against Kent State all-time. The last matchup was a 34-14 win in 2001.

*Best Scheduling Format: Single Game in Morgantown*

  • Charlotte 49ers (Charlotte, North Carolina) 

Charlotte, North Carolina was good to WVU last season. The Mountaineers traveled to Bank of America Stadium for a 30-10 win over North Carolina in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl on December 27th. The most impressive part of that matchup was the amount of Mountaineer fans that showed up to take over the city. While WVU and UNC-Charlotte have no prior history, this matchup would be a regional contest that fans could easily travel to. However, there would be no benefit for WVU to play Charlotte in anything except a one-off in Morgantown. Much like Kent State, this would be a matchup to strictly build momentum.

*Best Scheduling Format: Single-Game in Morgantown*

  • Temple Owls (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

WVU and Temple are former Big East foes. The two sides have met 36 times with the Mountaineers holding a 24-12 advantage. They last met in 2004 with WVU prevailing, 42-21. While the Owls have struggled as of late, it is easy to understand why this may not be an attractive matchup. However, given their history, and Temple being located in Philadelphia, this has the potential to be a fun series with a respectable program. It is hard to fathom the Owls agreeing to anything except a two-for-one.

*Best Scheduling Format: Two-For-One (2 in Morgantown, 1 in Philadelphia)*

  • East Carolina Pirates (Greenville, North Carolina) 

East Carolina is the only team on this list that WVU currently has a game scheduled with. As a part of a deal that included WVU’s 56-20 win over ECU in 2017, the Mountaineers will travel to Greenville to take on the Pirates on September 19, 2026. The two sides have a history, meeting on the gridiron 22 previous times (WVU leads 19-3). A future series with the Pirates would provide nostalgia and an easy trip for Mountaineer fans. While ECU hasn’t been a stable program lately, they are a team that is on the rise under Coach Mike Houston.

*Best Scheduling Format: Two-For-One (2 in Morgantown, 1 in Greenville)*

 

  • South Florida Bulls (Tampa, Florida) 

Another former Big East foe, South Florida provided a strong test for the Mountaineers prior to their move to the Big 12. The two sides have met seven times in their short series history (WVU leads 4-3). The Bulls have shown a willingness to schedule up in competition, welcoming Alabama to Tampa in 2023. USF is a program that is on the rise, and could provide a more challenging test in non-conference play than many of the other teams on this list. Given the history between the two schools, and South Florida displaying a commitment to the betterment of their football program, it is hard to imagine this than anything less than a two-for-one. This could be yet another opportunity for nostalgia for Mountaineer fans.

*Best Scheduling Format: Two-For-One (2 in Morgantown, 1 in Tampa)*

 

Scheduling Group Of Five teams is always a move that fans are not to fond of – especially when it includes a return game to the other team’s campus. But the fact is that it is not feasible to expect WVU to ink only single-games. Many programs are simply too proud to admit that they cannot provide an atmosphere that would be financially beneficial for a visiting Power Five program.

Group Of Five members will be featured on WVU’s future schedules whether we like it or not. It is anybody’s guess as to who the Mountaineers will secure a deal with. However, it can be a fun conversation amongst fans as to who they would like to see their team play on down the line.

Let us know which Group Of Five teams you would like to see WVU schedule in the future!

(Photo by WVU Athletics) 

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Clark Johnson
Clark Johnson is a Football Columnist for The Voice of West Virginia. He is a student at Concord University and is majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. He became a Mountaineer fan at 9-years old and has not missed a WVU football game since 2008. He is honored to bring new perspective and fresh content to the best fanbase in the nation!