As first reported by Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, according to Oliver Luck WVU is working on finalizing a home and home series with an SEC East school. Many have speculated that Missouri is the school in question although Luck would not verify. Both WVU and Missouri have openings for their 2016 and 2017 schedules.
Oliver Luck tells me West Virginia working on scheduling home-and-home series with an SEC East team.
— kbohls (@kbohls) November 6, 2014
Oliver Luck has been proactive over the last year securing games against Power 5 Conference schools. WVU has finalized agreements for future games against Penn State (’23-’24), Virginia Tech (’17 at FedEx Field, ’21-’22), Tennessee (’18 in Charlotte), and BYU (’16 at FedEx Field) as well as NC State (’19).
With strength of schedule playing a large factor in the college playoff rankings and having no conference championship game, WVU is looking for marquee matchups to strengthen their OOC schedule much like they did this season. As part of the college football playoff committee Luck knows better than most the importance of a strong non-conference schedule moving forward.
WVU and Missouri have met 5 times with the Tigers holding a 3-2 margin over the Mountaineers. The last time the two met was in the Insight.com Bowl in 1998 with the Tigers winning 34-31. However, if Missouri is not the school WVU is looking to come to terms with look for Kentucky to be next on the list of potential candidates.
You can keep track of all of WVU’s future schedules here, which can be found under the football tab on the front page at BlueGoldSports.com
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