James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

N.C. State Wolfpack players take the field before last season’s 42-28 loss to East Carolina at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh. That’s the site of a 2018 game against West Virginia.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia and N.C. State have finalized a home-and-home series that means the Mountaineers will make two trips to North Carolina early in the 2018 season.

The news came just 48 hours after West Virginia announced a neutral-site season opener against Tennessee on Sept. 1, 2018, in Charlotte. The first matchup against the Wolfpack is slated for two weeks later on Sept. 15 in Raleigh.

The Mountaineers will host a return game in Morgantown in Sept. 14, 2019.

“I am excited about this series, because it gives our football program and our fans an outstanding home-and-home series with a team from the ACC,” said West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck. “WVU has a lot of alumni living in North Carolina, especially in the triangle region, so it gives our fans a game that is close.”

West Virginia has one vacancy left on its 2018 slate—which figures to be filled with a pay-for-play home game—and two openings for 2019.

• The schools last met in the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla., a 23-7 Wolfpack victory that became Bill Stewart’s final game as WVU head coach.
• The all-time series is split at 5-5, with nine meetings occurring before 1980. Those yesteryear matchups include the 1975 Peach Bowl, won by WVU 13-10, and the ’72 Peach Bowl, which N.C. State won 49-13.
• N.C. State is coached by Dave Doeren, whose first campaign ended at 3-9—tying the Pack’s worst record since 1959. Doeren warrants time to deliver a turnaround, however, considering he led Northern Illinois to the Orange Bowl. (He also was defensive coordinator on Wisconsin’s 2010 team that won the Big Ten crown.)
• N.C. State needed a power-5 opponent for 2018 and ’19 to satisfy the ACC’s new nonconference scheduling quota. The Pack recently announced a home-and-home series against Mississippi State for 2020-21.
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    With the TN game in Charlotte and the NCSU game in Raleigh for 2018, it's a great day to be a Mountaineer fan whereever you are in Carolina!!

    Like the matchup and the schedule Ollie is putting together. It beats playing Bill & Mary and Georgia State, etc. I know those games will continue but these are great games being scheduled.

    Need to find room for Pitt somewhere in the future!

    • Annex King

      Perhaps the state of WV will be fortunate enough for North Carolina to annex WVU in 2018.

    • Mitch

      @ NCWVUFAN,

      Pitt needs to accept the offer, Ollie has already made it several times. I don't care if we ever play them again or not, we've got better opponents available.

  • good!

    No sign of Marshall U... glad to see Ollie end that fat welfare check

  • Ole Sasquatch

    In that 2010 bowl game that they beat us, Russell Wilson was QB. Just put a Super Bowl victory in his pocket playing for the Seattle Seahawks.
    Does everybody remember?
    Played for maybe Wisconsin Badgers the next yr. after leaving N.C. State. I think they may have won like a Rose Bowl that year. Anybody remember? Knew he was good but did'nt know he was that good.

  • any major dude

    I would love to see Pitt scheduled for sure, and Notre Dams would be cool, but NCSU is ACC and it makes sense from the travel
    point of view. Not half-bad.


    Nuff said!

  • WVU 74

    Finally, some games with reasonable driving distance!

  • Pigskin Expert

    Glad to see the Ears play a big boy schedule. With this latest addition, we'll be looking forward to watching the Ears go 0-12.

    Congrats, Ears.

    • Yogi Wahoo

      Gomer Foreskin just go away.... you know a lot about big boys ? ....Thats what your the expert on.?

    • Steve

      If anyone knows about going 0-12 it would be Marshall trolls like pigskin expert.

    • mitch

      @ Pigskin Expert,

      I'm guessing that 0-12 figure has a special meaning to Marshall fans when it comes to WVU, huh?

    • TruthTeller

      Haters go to hate instead of appreciate!!!
      Find God and stop with all the hate!!!

  • GoEers

    A big Thank You goes out to Oliver Luck for scheduling this series as well as the games against Alabama, Vtech, BYU, Tennessee, and Penn State.

    That is a non conference slate befitting of a team in a power 5 conference.

    Let's Go Mountaineers!!

  • WVUfanInAtlanta

    Finally!!! We get an influx of WVU Football articles. Man, I've been missing some football. Keep them coming right up until kickoff. BTW, will there be any improvements to the live stream boards this year? It'd be nice to have a few user friendly options, like likes, and thumbs down for some of the goofball comments. Love me some Mountaineers!!!

  • william

    Dana "The Man in Black" Holgerson won't be head coach at WVU for this game!
    He will be long gone.

    • william's Dealer

      william, "the man on crack".

  • Brad

    This is better than any FCS school.. & is kinda required.

    But I'd love to see notre dame.

    • Rick S.

      I agree, Brad -- this is way better than any FCS school. I think N. C. State is a great team to add to the schedule.

      However, the schedule still has FCS schools on it in 2015 and 2016, and probably will in 2017 and 2018, too.

    • Aaron

      I think Marshall should be WVU's FCS game.

      • Jabo

        Why ruin our SOS. Marshall sucks ...12-0.

      • TruthTeller

        Nope, WVU owns Marshall. WVU needs to keep its future schedule very difficult and challenging in order to make the playoffs.

      • Jephre

        Oh, please, no.

  • Dave

    Bring on the Wolfpack. I'm lovin' it as a fan that we are scheduling these exciting matchups. Wish we could get the Back Yard brawl back too. Great job Ollie !!!!!!!!!!

  • Aaron

    Bring back the brawl!!!!!

    • TruthTeller

      Stop living in the past and move forward. You got to accept change.

      • Aaron

        Why? It was a great rivalry, on of the top in college football. I can't imagine why anybody with reasonable intelligence would not want to continue that game.

        • J the C

          Have any of you goofs thought about the possibility that Pitt isn't interested?

          • Aaron

            Who are the goofs DA?

      • The bookman

        Lots of big time programs play out of conference regular match ups. Playing PITT would be a great home and home on our schedule, and any WVU Alum would agree. They are in the ACC, and it would be a great draw for both programs. Get it done, OL!

        • dude

          The PITT game was a one sided rivalry. WVU cared more about it than PITT. PITT has always considered Penn State their rival, even when not on the schedule. PITT never could get the "Backyard Brawl" thing really.
          Source: PITT fan

  • FNP

    They are starting to put together some tough schedules. I like picking up these types of games. Makes sense geographically and its one that fans can travel fairly easy to.

  • Molon Labe

    Good pick up!

    Don't sleep on NC State though. Very tough team.

    • TruthTeller

      I bet you don't even know what your name means. LOL!!!