WVU releases 2023 football schedule

Mountaineers to face former coach in October
Mountaineers are now 2-6 in Big 12
Mountaineers are now 2-6 in Big 12
Published: Jan. 31, 2023 at 2:36 PM EST
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (January 31, 2023) – The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with the Big 12 Conference, has announced the 2023 football schedule.  The schedule includes six home dates, featuring four conference games and nonconference matchups with Duquesne (Sept. 9) and the 106th “Backyard Brawl” against Pitt (Sept. 16). The “Backyard Brawl” is the longest-running series in WVU history and marks the first time the two schools have played in Morgantown since 2011. Milan Puskar Stadium will also host the Brigham Young Cougars for the first time ever, while the Cincinnati Bearcats return to Morgantown for the first time since 2010.

West Virginia opens the 2023 season on Sept. 2 at Penn State in the third-longest series in school history. The 60th meeting between the two schools will mark the first time the Mountaineers have traveled to State College since 1991 and the first time the two schools have played since 1992.

The Oklahoma State game on Oct. 21 marks Homecoming on campus, while Mountaineer Week will be celebrated during the BYU game on Nov. 4. “I am looking forward to my first football season at West Virginia and excited to be a part of the “Backyard Brawl,” which is one of the greatest rivalries in college football,” WVU Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker said. “The Big 12 welcomes four new members into the league, which makes this a special season. My family and I are certainly looking forward to Gold and Blue football Saturdays in Morgantown.” West Virginia’s Big 12 Conference home dates are Texas Tech (Sept. 23), Oklahoma State (Oct. 21), BYU (Nov. 4), and Cincinnati (Nov. 18). Road conference games are TCU (Sept. 30), Houston (Thursday, Oct. 12), UCF (Oct. 28), Oklahoma (Nov. 11) and Baylor (Nov. 25). The 2023 schedule does not include Big 12 Conference games against Iowa State, Kansas State, Kansas and Texas.

The Big 12 Football Championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The times and television schedule for the 2023 schedule will be announced at a later date, and all dates are subject to change. “Our players know what kind of schedule we play year in and year out, and they are preparing for the grind that it takes. The Big 12 is so strong and competitive. Every league game brings a new challenge each week and this year will be no different,” WVU Head Coach Neal Brown said. “For the third straight year, we will open with a Power 5 opponent on the road, and we have a lot of work still ahead of us in our winter conditioning, spring practices and summer camp. The season will be here before you know it and our focus will be on getting better every day in preparation for one of the strongest football schedules in the country.”

2023 Football Schedule

Day      Date         Opponent                       Time

Sat.         Sept. 2          at Penn State                         TBA

Sat.         Sept. 9          Duquesne                               TBA

Sat.         Sept. 16        Pitt                                          TBA

Sat.         Sept. 23        Texas Tech *                           TBA

Sat.         Sept. 30        at TCU *                                  TBA

Sat.         Oct. 7           OPEN

Thurs.     Oct. 12         at Houston *                          TBA

Sat.         Oct. 21         Oklahoma State ^*               TBA

Sat.         Oct. 28         at UCF *                                  TBA

Sat.         Nov. 4          BYU #*                                    TBA

Sat.         Nov. 11        at Oklahoma *                       TBA

Sat.         Nov. 18        Cincinnati *                            TBA

Sat.         Nov. 25        at Baylor *                              TBA

Sat.         Dec. 2           at Big 12 Championship +    TBA

* Big 12 Conference Game

^ Homecoming

# Mountaineer Week

+ AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas