The Coronavirus pandemic has hit West Virginia pretty hard and, unfortunately, the West Virginia Mountaineers football season could not escape its impact. In a release today, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced that its seven sponsored fall sports will not start until the week of September 7-12 and that all non-conference games must be played in the home states of its member institutions.
Effectively, Florida State will not be allowed to play West Virginia in Atlanta on Saturday, Sept. 5, as originally scheduled by the Peach Bowl Committee for the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff.
WVU does not appear on FSU’s updated football schedule and neither school has formally announced the cancelation of the game, nor has the Peach Bowl.
This also means that the other two matchups of the College Kickoff weekend scheduled at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will be canceled. Virginia will not be allowed to play Georgia and North Carolina will not be allowed to play Auburn off their respective campuses.
Whether this mean WVU will lose its season opener for good or not remains to be seen, but this is the second game to be struck from the Mountaineers’ 2020 schedule due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The home game against Maryland was removed after the Big Ten announced it would play a conference-only football schedule.
WVU has not updated the football schedule on its website for either game.
All this said, WVU, UGA and Auburn now have vacancies for the first weekend of the college football season. UGA and Auburn will play each other in October of this year, so it’s possible WVU could schedule one of those teams to make up this cancelation.
The Big 12 (nor the SEC) has not made a concrete decision on a schedule for the fall, other than allowing schools to play in week zero of the season.