WVU, Alabama to play two-game football series starting in 2026

    West Virginia University announces that WVU and Alabama will begin playing a two-game football season starting in 2026. (MGN Online)

    West Virginia University and Alabama will play a two-game football series, WVU officials announced.

    The first game will be played in Morgantown Sept. 5, 2026, and the second game will be played in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Sept. 4, 2027, according to a news release WVU.

    “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,” WVU Athletics Director Shane Lyons said in the release. “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.”

    Last season, Alabama finished at 14-1, losing the national championship game to Clemson. WVU was 8-4, losing in the Camping World Bowl to Syracuse.

    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.

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