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Reports say WVU to open 2020 season against Florida State in Atlanta

The Mountaineers and Seminoles likely to meet in 2020 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

Kevin White catches a touchdown against Alabama in the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
Kevin White catches a touchdown against Alabama in the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
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Mike Casazza, WVU beat writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, and Robert Downy Jr. look-alike, revealed a major update for WVU football's future schedule. According to Casazza, WVU and Florida State are hammering out details to open the 2020 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

According to his sources, the ticket allotment and total payout need to be finalized, but these details shouldn't be too much of a snag, as this game is a big-time revenue maker for all involved. Last year, it was reported that both teams were discussing a future game, but this seems to clear up how and when.

WVU played in the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Alabama, losing 33-23, but giving us two of the best touchdowns ever in Mountaineer football history:

Florida State is scheduled to play in the game next season, as they will kick off 2017 against Alabama, as the first competitive football game in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Seminoles hold an all-time record of 3-0 against the Mountaineers, first meeting in 1982. These two teams last met in 2010 in the Gator Bowl, with WVU falling 33-21.

This is the latest of many non-conference games scheduled against Power 5 teams, including neutral sites games against BYU in 2016 (Landover, Maryland), Virginia Tech in 2017 (Landover, Maryland), and Tenneessee in 2018 (Charlotte, North Carolina).