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.
Sources tell Gazette-Mail WVU and Florida State talking, close to finishing deal to open 2020 season in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.— Mike Casazza (@mikecasazza) July 26, 2016
Details like ticket allotment, payout need to be settled. WVU non-conference scheduling remains bold.— Mike Casazza (@mikecasazza) July 26, 2016
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).