WVU athletic director Shane Lyons promised some major news on Twitter Friday morning, and he followed through with the announcement that the Mouintaineers will begin playing a home-and-home football series with Alabama starting in 2026.
According to a statement from WVU football, the first game in the series will be played in Morgantown on Sept. 5, 2026, and the second game will be played in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 4, 2027.
“I would like to thank Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne for his help in putting together this SEC/Big 12 home-and-home matchup,” Lyons said in the statement. “With its great tradition and history, it will be exciting to host the Crimson Tide in Morgantown, and it will provide our fans with a great trip to visit Tuscaloosa the following season. Our non-conference football scheduling and the quality of opponents we are playing continue to be second to none.”
The two schools have played once before, with the Crimson Tide winning the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Aug. 30.
West Virginia has faced teams from the Southeastern Conference 53 times, and holds a 26-25-2 advantage, including a 40-14 win over Tennessee in Charlotte on Sept. 2, 2018.
The Mountaineers open the Neal Brown era and the 2019 season with a Aug. 31 home date against James Madison. The team’s Gold-Blue Game is also scheduled for April 13.