West Virginia to open with Alabama in 2014

| Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 10:03 p.m.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia will open the 2014 football season with one of the most anticipated games in memory, taking on No. 1 Alabama, coached by West Virginia native Nick Saban, in an Aug. 30 opener in Atlanta dubbed the Chick-fil-A Atlanta Kickoff Bowl.

There are six home games and six road games on WVU's schedule.

“The 2014 football schedule has an excellent mix of home and away games that our fans will enjoy.” West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck said in a statement. “Starting the season against Alabama will provide excitement in the state all summer. A road game at Maryland is an easy drive for our fans before we welcome the likes of Oklahoma, Kansas, Baylor, TCU and Kansas State to Morgantown. Overall, with our nonconference schedule coupled with the rigors of the Big 12, every week will provide an exciting matchup.”

After playing Alabama in the Georgia Dome, other nonconference games are at home against Towson and a road game at Maryland.

West Virginia's Big 12 home dates include Oklahoma (Sept. 27), Kansas (Oct. 4), Baylor (Oct. 18), TCU (Nov. 1) and Thursday night football returns to Milan Puskar Stadium on Nov. 20 against Kansas State.

Road conference games include Texas Tech (Oct. 11), Oklahoma State (Oct. 25), Texas (Nov. 8) and Iowa State (Nov. 29).

“This definitely will be the most challenging schedule we have had since I have been here and probably in a long time,” coach Dana Holgorsen said. “Starting off with Alabama, the two-time national champions, will be a great opportunity for our football team. Having already gone through two years in the Big 12 and playing in all the venues in the league, our players and fans know first-hand how strong the league is and the excitement it presents.”

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