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Al-Rasheed Benton leads the WVU defense in 2017. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) Al-Rasheed Benton leads the WVU defense in 2017. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)
MORGANTOWN -

It’s that time of year when people in West Virginia can begin to pick dates for weddings and other family gatherings for the fall – The Mountaineers’ 2017 football schedule is out.

Dana Holgorsen’s squad will have back-to-back Big East games after playing Miami on Dec. 28 in the Russell Athletic Bowl as the Mountaineers open 2017 with Virginia Tech on Sept. 2 in Landover, Maryland at the home of the NFL’s Washington Redskins. WVU is 2-0 at FedEx Field after beating BYU 35-32 back in September.

I believe the 2017 schedule provides a nice flow to the season. It gives us two home games per month in September, October and November,” WVU athletic director Shane Lyons said. “I know our fans will enjoy having Virginia Tech back on the schedule and that is an easy road trip over to FedEx Field. The Big 12 will be its usual grind, but that’s what makes college football so exciting.”

non-conference play with home games against East Carolina and Delaware State on Sept. 9 and 16, respectively. The Mountaineers are 18-3 against ECU as the two teams played each season from 2002 to 2009, when WVU beat the Pirates 35-20 in the most recent meeting.

The following week, Big 12 play begins with West Virginia taking to the road to play the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence on Sept. 23. After the bye week, WVU is back on the road to Fort Worth for a meeting with TCU on Oct. 7.

Then West Virginia will come home on Oct. 14 for Homecoming against Texas Tech before hitting the road once again to travel to Waco and a match-up with the Baylor Bears.

Consecutive home games follow as WVU hosts Oklahoma State on Oct. 28 and Iowa State on Nov. 4.

The schedule continues with a trip to Manhattan, Kansas to play Kansas State (Nov. 11), a home game against Texas (Nov. 18) and then the regular season finale at Oklahoma on Nov. 25.

Unlike previous years in the Big 12, WVU will only get one bye week as the conference brings back its championship game, which will be played Dec. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Having six home games and a non-conference schedule that includes a rivalry game against a power five team like Virginia Tech once again gives us one of the strongest schedules in college football,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said in a University release. “The non-conference games will prepare us for the Big 12, and this is our year to play five road games in the league. Every week will present yet another challenge.”

Full schedule:

Day        Date                       Opponent                            Time

Sat.         Sept. 2                   vs. Virginia Tech +              TBA

Sat.        Sept. 9                  EAST CAROLINA                  TBA

Sat.        Sept. 16                DELAWARE STATE             TBA

Sat.         Sept. 23                 at Kansas *                           TBA

Sat.         Oct. 7                     at TCU *                                TBA

Sat.        Oct. 14                  TEXAS TECH *^                   TBA

Sat.         Oct. 21                  at Baylor *                            TBA

Sat.        Oct. 28                  OKLAHOMA STATE *!       TBA

Sat.        Nov. 4                   IOWA STATE *                    TBA

Sat.         Nov. 11                  at Kansas State *                TBA

Sat.        Nov. 18                 TEXAS *                                 TBA

Sat.         Nov. 25                  at Oklahoma *                     TBA

Sat.         Dec. 2                    Big 12 Championship Game #

*  Big 12 Conference Game

+ FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

^ Homecoming

! Mountaineer Week

# AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

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