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West Virginia defeated James Madison 42-12 at FedExField in 2012 and will be headed back to Landover for games against BYU in 2016 and Virginia Tech in 2017.


LANDOVER, Md. — West Virginia will renew its highly charged rivalry against Virginia Tech with a neutral-site season opener at FedExField in 2017.

The announcement came Tuesday from the Washington Redskins—who may or may not be named the Redskins by the time that game is staged—and will mark WVU’s third game at the NFL stadium in a six-year span. The Mountaineers defeated James Madison 42-12 at FedEx in 2012 and will meet BYU there in 2016.

Former Big East counterparts, West Virginia and Virginia Tech remain slated to play a home-and-home series in 2021 and 2022, but this fast-forwards the rejuvenation of a series that had fans on both sides jonsing. (It also could mark the dawn of William Crest’s senior season.)

Though Redskins season ticketholders will receive first chance at tickets to the game slated for Sept. 2, 2017, the NFL’s largest stadium features a seating capacity of 85,000, meaning there should be plenty of quality spots for fans of the Mountaineers and Hokies. WVU’s win over James Madison drew 45,511 fans, a total somewhat in line with facing an FCS opponent.

“West Virginia University had a great experience at FedExField in 2012, and we are looking forward to playing there again against Virginia Tech,” said West Virginia athletics director Oliver Luck. “Not only do our players enjoy playing in NFL stadiums, West Virginia has a lot of alumni living in the Washington, D.C., metro area and playing at a great venue like FedExField gives our fans a road game that is in close proximity.”

West Virginia’s only other confirmed nonconference opponent for 2017 is East Carolina, meaning one spot remains open. That presumably will feature a money game in Morgantown against an FCS or lower-FBS team.

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  • Randy

    I guess our best chance of winning that game will be our coach facing off against the recently fired Holgerson (nee WVU) after VA Tech says "what the hay? $181 plus beer a week. Let's give him a shot."

  • Mountain Navy

    Doc Holliday will be coaching this game.

  • Mountain Navy

    Cool they are playing at Redskin park.

  • TruthTeller

    Well by that time Crest will be the QB and WVU should be ready to give them a beat down.

  • Hop'sHip

    All we need is a Washington Generals type opponent to travel with us, someone we can beat up on.

    • Hop'sHip

      Was suppose to be a reply to GregG


    Oliver Luck, best gosh darn AD in America!

    • Randy

      I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And dog gone it. People like me. That's what I learned at the Self Esteem For Failures conference I went to. Thanks Randy!

  • GregG

    Well hell, lets just stop playing in our own stadium and play all our games where Oliver all about the $ Luck can make the most profit.

  • william

    Great 2017 -
    Dana "The Man in Black" will not be the head coach at WVU
    He is not a Mountaineer, and NEVER WILL BE

  • any major dude

    Glad to see this game back. If Beamer truly won't play in Morgantown because of rude fans, at least he's classy enough not to blather it all over the place.

    • Watch Out

      Doubt Beamer's around for this one. The demise of his tenure has been long overdue. Though as a WVU fan I've gotta say the way their program is trending downward I hope he does stick around.

      And have you ever seen a team live off one good season as long as these guys have? I mean when ESPN says the most important game in the history of your program is eeking out a 1 point win on a last second FG against a 4-7 Mountaineer team in Motown, you've got to wonder. Probably the best play Michael Vick ever made in his life to set it up, but really???

  • MountainBuckeye

    Maybe by then Rich Rod will be our coach

    • Mountain Navy

      Doc Holliday.

    • Billly

      Yeah so we can watch him choke again and again and again.."

    • Ole Sasquatch

      One never knows.

  • Tom

    It is my understanding that the chief reason the series between WVU and Virginia Tech ended was because Frank Beamer didn't want to play in Morgantown. He felt that the WVU fans treated both his team and the Hokie fans badly. Once he retires (probably soon), we might see the series resume on a yearly basis as Tech replaces Maryland as the ACC connection.

    • Oh Did Ya?

      There is a home and home scheduled for 21 and 22.

    • steve

      Maybe he can keep replacing his face with his ass

      • Shawn H

        I thought he already did.

  • Holgie

    Good news. This one is close enough to drive there.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Were going to get'em down at Fed. Ex. Then were gonna hold it wide open!

  • richard

    about time!!!! miss playing va. tech. they need to work something out to play them on a semi regular basis.

  • john

    Glad to see us play the Chokies! I wish it was a home and home. I enjoyed going to Blacksburg and them coming to us in Morgantown.

    • Watch Out

      Last time I was at a game in Blacksburg a car of VPI fans driven by an older man drove though our group of WVU fans standing in our parking lot waiting for our bus. Fortunately no one was hurt. Hope those Fighting Gobbler fans are better behaved the next time.

      • don

        Don't count on the vt fans being more civil. They are without a doubt the most obnoxious fans in college football. My favorite team is whoever is playing vt!