Yesterday, the ACC released scheduling stipulations to their member institutions for fall sports, removing Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia from the slate of games part of the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, in Atlanta, Ga. Today, Peach Bowl, Inc. announced that the games are officially canceled.
Those matchups were: West Virginia vs. Florida State on Saturday, Sept. 5, Georgia vs. Virginia on Monday, Sept. 7, and Auburn vs. North Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 12.
In response to the ACC’s announcement yesterday, Peach Bowl Peach Bowl CEO Gary Stokan issued a statement that did not exactly cancel the events, saying they would miss hosting the three ACC schools but the organization looks forward to hosting two top-10 teams in the Peach Bowl. The cancelation was confirmed today.
This means that West Virginia has officially lost two games from its 2020 football schedule, Florida State on Sept. 5 and Maryland on Sept. 19. No word has been given from the Big 12 on plans for member schools to play sports this fall.
What could have been a national showcase for Neal Brown’s Mountaineers in year two of his administration is now gone. With it, millions of dollars for the University, Big 12 Conference and the City of Atlanta.
WVU and FSU last met in 2010, and FSU holds a 3-0 lead in the series all time. Obviously, this game holds sentimental value due to the schools’ connection to legendary head coach Bobby Bowden. He left WVU in 1975 to take the job at FSU, then leading the Seminoles to two national championships in 33 years in Tallahassee.