The Big 12 Conference announced this morning that the West Virginia-Iowa State football game on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Morgantown, will start at 4 p.m. ET, televised on ESPN. This makes back-to-back weeks the Mountaineers will feature on an ESPN network in the afternoon.
Last year, WVU went to Ames with an undefeated record. The Cyclones sent the Mountaineers home with a 30-14 loss. This year, the teams come into the game more evenly balanced. In the last meeting in Morgantown (2017), WVU sneaked out a 20-16 win over the Cyclones.
The Cyclones (2-2) will host TCU this Saturday at noon. The Mountaineers (3-1) will feature in the Big 12’s biggest game this Saturday, playing Texas at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, in Morgantown.
This will be each team’s third Big 12 game on the season. WVU won their conference opener against Kansas, 29-24, on September 21. Iowa State fell to Baylor, 23-21, last Saturday in the opening game of conference play for both teams.
Though a somewhat contrived rivalry between The Smoking Musket and Wide Right and Natty Lite, the Riot Bowl has traditionally provided entertaining games—three of the games have been decided by one score or less. WVU owns a 5-2 record in the series.
This is the first time Neal Brown or Matt Campbell have met as head coaches or as assistants.