In an article about Florida State opening up 2017 against Alabama, the Palm Beach Post revealed that the Seminoles are also in discussions with West Virginia for a neutral site opener for the 2018 slate.
“It’s the best preparation you have for going into a playoff game or a national championship or major bowl game,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said about the possible matchup. “It’s a major game, the hype, that atmosphere and environment. And I think it’s good for college football.”
If the two universities can come to an agreement it would be yet another top-notch program added to West Virginia’s schedule. Florida State seems eager to put it on the schedule, but if the Mountaineers are hesitant, it’s understandable. They already have Tennessee and NC State on the schedule for 2018, and three power five non-conference opponents would be a bold (and unlikely) move.
There isn’t much flexibility in West Virginia’s schedule outside of 2018 either. At least if they want to play in the near future. They’ve been on a tear booking quality opponents. 2016 is all booked up with Missouri, Youngstown State, and BYU. There’s an open spot in 2017, but like 2018 the already scheduled competition is stout; Virginia Tech and East Carolina.
In fact, with games against Missouri, NC State, East Carolina, Maryland, Virginia Tech, and Penn State, the Mountaineers have at least two quality non-conference teams on the schedule every year through 2021, and at least one power five school scheduled through 2024. That’s insane!
The Seminoles and Mountaineers have only met three times in program history, but never in the regular season. The Noles won all three matches, and they last faced-off in 2010 in what was a 12 point victory.
If these two can reach an agreement it play, I would be surprised if they see each other before 2022. Barring a bowl game matchup of course. It’s refreshing to see two programs that aren’t afraid to schedule quality competition though.