There were rumblings through Tuesday morning, but it became official on Tuesday afternoon that the West Virginia vs. NC State game will not be played this weekend due to Hurricane Florence.
In an official statement, NC State said:
“Emergency management resources are expected to be fully utilized and needed throughout the region, and today’s decision will help give ample time to deploy those resources across the state.
NC State has worked in partnership with University leadership, West Virginia University officials, the Atlantic Coast Conference and emergency management personnel to arrive at a decision in the best interests of the safety and well-being of fans, student-athletes and all parties involved.”
Other reports say that the Mountaineers offered to host the game in Morgantown, but that N.C. State has refused to offer.
But there is a way that the two teams could end up meeting in mid-October. NC State has its bye week on October 13th, while WVU is on the 20th. But the Mountaineers play Iowa State on the 13th and both teams are off on the 20th, so it’s feasible that if the Cyclones were willing to move up their bye week, N.C. State and West Virginia could end up playing each other on October 13th.
The hitch though: Saturday the 13th is also the first weekend of the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. Typically, NC State and the Carolina Hurricanes do not play home games for logistical reasons in the area.
West Virginia AD Shane Lyons spoke to the media and debunked any thoughts that WVU and NC State could reschedule this game for the bye week, December 3rd (Championship Saturday) and December 10th. So for now, it does look like the Mountaineers will only be playing 11 regular season games this season.