Morgantown, West Virginia – The stars appear to be aligned for the West Virginia Mountaineers to play two of their most despised opponents this season.
The Marshall Thundering Herd and the Pitt Panthers were scheduled to meet on September 12th. However, the ACC announced a scheduling model that includes 10 conference games with one non-conference game. The non-conference game will be selected by each individual school and must be played in the home state of the ACC institution. In other words, Pitt is now unable to travel to Marshall to play that game and it has been canceled.
In addition, West Virginia’s game against Maryland on September 19th has also been canceled following the Big Ten’s decision to go to a conference-only schedule. Pitt’s game against Richmond was originally scheduled for September 19th, but the Colonial Athletic Association canceled all of its fall sports and so that game will not take place either.
Pitt and West Virginia both have open dates on September 19th and an spontaneous Backyard Brawl would be just what the doctor ordered for an otherwise messy, ugly football season. The Mountaineers, of course, would be required to go to Pittsburgh to play the game following the ACC’s ruling that all games would have to be played in the state of the ACC team, but the crowd in a game between Pitt and West Virginia at Heinz Field would be so heavily in favor of the Mountaineers, that it would essentially be a home game.