Can you feel that? No, not the oppressive heat wave surging through the East Coast, but the smell of grills firing up and the chill in the air that will signal football has arrived. The West Virginia Mountaineers are announcing the arrival of football early with the latest batch of promotional games for the 2018 football season.
The first promotional game of the year is the annual Stripe the Stadium game. STS will once again be the Big 12 Home Opener for the Mountaineers when they take on the Kansas State Wildcats on September 28th. The Mountaineers finally figured out the Bill Snyder wizardry in 2016 and currently own a 2-game winning streak against the Purple Wizard.
Uniform prediction - Blue hats, gold jerseys, blue pants
The next promotional game on the slate is the annual Gold Rush game. The opponent will be the Kansas Jayhawks two weeks later on October 6th. The gold rush game was introduced during the 2007 season by former head coach Rodriguez, Richard Alan. Inspired by the 2006 black-out by the Louisville Cardinals, the Mountaineers have worn an all gold-look since 2007. The Mountaineers won their first Gold Rush game 38-31 against those UL Cardinals. The promotion took a year off in 2012, but returned in 2013 to the shocking upset of then #11 Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Uniform Prediction: All gold
And the final promotion for the Mountaineers is the now annual True Blue game. The promotion originally debuted in 2014 when ESPN College Gameday visited Morgantown to watch the Mountaineers and TCU Horned Frogs clash. What happened was an epic game that didn’t go the Mountaineers way. This year, against those same dastardly Horned Frogs on November 10th, the Mountaineers will look to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.
Uniform Prediction: Blue, Blue, Blue you feel blue?