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WVU AD Shane Lyons Announces Four New Football Games

Athletic Director Shane Lyons has completed the Mountaineers schedule through the 2021 season.

NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 10 Youngstown State at West Virginia Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The West Virginia Mountaineers now know their upcoming schedules through the 2021 season. Athletic Director Shane Lyons announced Thursday that the Mountaineers will play the Florida State Seminoles in Atlanta for the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic in the 2020 season opener.

This will be the second time the Mountaineers have played in the Kickoff Classic. The first game was against West Virginia native Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Mountaineers gave Alabama a solid game, losing 33-23 in one of the few games that Alabama didn’t steamroll an opening day opponent.

The Mountaineers look forward to returning to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, and playing in Atlanta’s new premier sports venue. We all know that West Virginia and Florida State have met in bowl games before, but this provides a quality regular season matchup for both teams on a national stage. The game will be a great chance for the two fan bases to make a road trip to Atlanta and get the 2020 season started. - WVU Athletic Director Shane Lyons

Lyons also announced the completion of the 2018 non-conference schedule. In addition to playing the University of Tennessee in Charlotte, NC and at North Carolina State, the Mountaineers will play Youngstown State on September 8, 2018.

The 2019 non-conference schedule will have the Mountaineers traveling to Missouri to complete their home-and-home series with the Tigers while playing North Carolina State and James Madison at Milan-Puskar Stadium. James Madison will visit Morganton on August 31, 2019 to open the season.

The 2020 season will open with Florida State in the Kickoff Classic before heading to East Carolina on September 12. The Mountaineers will host Maryland to renew their border rivalry on September 19, 2020.

Fans should be ready for the 2021 season as WVU will play at Maryland before hosting the Virginia Tech Hokies in Morgantown for the first time since 2005. The final non-conference game of the 2021 season will include Indiana State on September 11.