Even though we are in the midst of what could still be a special season of West Virginia football, next year’s schedule has been released by WVU and the Big 12. The conference shook up the schedule a bit for 2019, giving the Mountaineers a “rivalry” game on Thanksgiving weekend.
The non-conference slate was set with two Power 5 opponents: WVU opens on Saturday, Aug. 31 hosting FCS powerhouse James Madison, travels to the SEC’s Missouri on Saturday, Sept. 7, then hosts ACC foe N.C. State on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The Mountaineers open Big 12 play on the road against Kansas on Saturday, Sept. 21, then head into an early bye week in week five of the season.
Dana Holgorsen’s team will close out the month on the road at Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 19, followed by another bye week. The Mountaineers will again play Baylor on a Thursday, this time, on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31 in Waco, Texas.
WVU’s final home game in 2019 will be on Saturday, Nov. 23 against Oklahoma State and the regular season final will be on the road against TCU on Friday, Nov. 29.
The Big 12 Football Championship will be played on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Though it may be too early to say, this schedule looks fairly balanced, with no real death row like WVU teams have seen in the past. True tests will come with back-to-back road games at the end of October.
Though WVU lacks a true rival in the conference, TCU may be one of the three schools with which annual battles have occurred. Playing this game on Thanksgiving weekend will give the game an added layer of excitement.