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West Virginia Schedules Home-and-Home with Alabama

NCAA Football: East Carolina at West Virginia

The West Virginia Mountaineers have beefed up their upcoming out-of-conference schedule by adding the Alabama Crimson Tide to the schedule for a home-and-home.

The Mountaineers will host the Crimson Tide on Sept. 5, 2026, and return the visit to Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Sept. 4, 2027.

WVU AD Shane Lyons was the deputy director of athletics at Alabama from 2011 to 2015 and helped facilitate the agreement. Lyons added in a 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.”

An interesting storyline that may not be relevant in 2026 is that Alabama head coach Nick Saban is a West Virginia native and was a WVU assistant coach from 1978-79. However, Saban would be 74 years old by the game in 2026 and he already has won six national championships.

The Mountaineers and Crimson Tide have played once before, a 33-23 Alabama win in the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

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