West Virginia football has scheduled a number of great season openers in recent history and for future seasons, but none will be bigger than the Backyard Brawl renewal against the Pitt Panthers. The schools announced that the football teams will meet on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, a change to the original date.
Heinz Field in Pittsburgh will play host to the revival of hatred and the kickoff time will obviously be announced later, most likely in 2022.
The dates for the 2023, 2024 and 2025 games will remain the third week of their respective seasons.
WVU and Pitt put the rivalry game on hold after the 2011 season—WVU defeated Pitt 21-20 in that game—when both teams abandoned the Big East for the Big 12 and ACC respectively. Though teams from other sports have met frequently during since the departure, fans clamored for a football game. Luckily, Shane Lyons and Pitt AD Heather Lyke were able to work out a four-year series between the two universities separated by just 70 miles.
This is the eighth season opener scheduled against a Power-5 opponent since 2015 and will be in the midst of four seasons in a row WVU will open against a regional rival.
WVU will open the 2018 season against Tennessee in Charlotte, the 2020 season against Florida State in Atlanta, the 2021 season at Maryland, the 2023 season at Penn State and the 2024 season hosting PSU.
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