Saturday: Alabama, 3:30 p.m., Atlanta — West Virginia native Nick Saban brings his second-ranked Crimson Tide to face off with the Mountaineers in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
Sept. 6: Towson, 7:30 p.m. — First meeting between the schools. Rob Ambrose’s Tigers are coming off a 13-3 season that ended in a 35-7 loss against North Dakota State in the Division I-AA national title game.
Sept. 13: at Maryland, noon — Hits the road hoping to wipe egg off its face from the 37-0 white-washing the Terrapins gave it them a year ago in Baltimore.
Sept. 20: Oklahoma, TBA — Downward 2013 spiral began with an ugly 16-7 Week 2 loss vs. the Sooners in Norman, Okla. It spelled the end of Paul Millard’s short stint as starting QB.
Oct. 4: Kansas, TBA — The Jayhawks had lost 27 conference games in a row until shredding West Virginia, 31-19, in November 2013, running roughshod over the Mountaineers defense for 315 rushing yards.
Oct. 11: at Texas Tech, TBA — Rookie Red Raiders QB Davis Webb passed for 462 yards as West Virginia let another late lead slip away and lost, 37-27, at Mountaineer Field.
Oct. 18: Baylor, TBA — Could another shootout be on tap? The Mountaineers and Bears have combined for 248 points in two meetings over the past two years, splitting the series, 1-1.
Oct. 25: at Oklahoma State, TBA — Clint Trickett snapped the Cowboys’ shot at a perfect season a year ago with a heroic effort in a 31-21 win despite injuring his shoulder late in the third quarter.
Nov. 1: TCU, TBA — West Virginia and TCU have had eerily similar results in their first two seasons in the Big 12, going 7-5 in 2012 and 4-8 in 2013, after averaging nearly double-digit wins for years prior to the conference realignment.
Nov. 8: at Texas, TBA — Former Louisville coach Charlie Strong takes the reins in Austin after Mack Brown stepped down after 15 years at the helm.
Nov. 20 (Thursday): Kansas State, 7 p.m. — The Wildcats scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half to come back and overwhelm West Virginia, 35-12, in Manhattan, Kan., in October 2013.
Nov. 29: at Iowa State, TBA — It took three overtime sessions, but the Cyclones put a dreary cap on West Virginia’s 2013 season with a 52-44 victory to send both teams into a bowl-less offseason.