West Virginia-Virginia Tech Rivaliry to be Renewed?
“I would love to get Pitt back on the schedule, I would love to get (Virginia) Tech back on the schedule, I would to get UVA back on the schedule, another school that we used to play a lot, and even Penn State is that possible? Well, it takes two to tango, but I think the good news is we will see some stronger non-conference schedules as we go forward”, said West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck, according to the Bluefield Daily Telagraph.
The Mountaineers-Hokies rivalry has been laid to rest for eight years because of the fact that the Hokies were leaving for the ACC, which meant the teams would have to surrender one of their out-of-conference games, something neither school was interested in doing at the time.
Virginia Tech does have openings for an out-of-conference opponent every year up until 2017, but the question is whether this is just talk, or are both teams finally serious about playing each other again?
From how I see it, both teams have been on an downward spiral for the past few seasons. Both need to start scheduling credible out-of-conference opponents that will boost their rankings. If they way to play each other, I don’t believe a win for either team will boost their ranking that much.
Both the Hokies and Mountaineers need to call it quits on this rivalry and start scheduling some real competition.