As presumed, the University of Alabama-Birmingham announced today that they would be discontinuing their football program. It is the tragic reality of the future of college football. But just like with everything in life and business, for every action there is a reaction. The fact of the matter is with UAB no longer fielding a team many schools now have open slots on their schedules in the future. One of those schools is the University of Kentucky which UAB was supposed to play in Lexington in 2016.
One of the schools possibly trying to take advantage of this opening is WVU. The Mountaineers already have a full out of conference schedule in 2016 with Missouri at home, Youngstown St at home, and BYU in Landover, MD. UAB was originally supposed to play Kentucky on September 3rd which is the same day WVU plays Missouri. It is assumed that if WVU can come to terms with UK the game would be played on September 10th. If that would be the case WVU would have to drop Youngstown St from their schedule. However, that is merely an assumption at this point but it is highly unlikely WVU would drop Missouri or BYU.
With strength of schedule being so important in the college playoff selection process finding OOC games against power 5 conference teams are in high demand. However, according to Dave Weekley, the Host of MetroNews Hotline, there is another team looking to possibly take that spot.
— Dave Weekley (@weekley) December 2, 2014
Marshall actually has an opening that week as they only have three OOC’s scheduled so far for 2016. Note: CUSA only plays 8 conference games per season.