On Thursday morning, athletic director Shane Lyons and the Big XII conference announced the 2018 schedule for the Mountaineers.
"I think it's great the Big XII was able to release the schedule earlier than normal so our fans can have extra time to plan for the 2018 season," Lyons stated. "With our non-conference opponents for the next year along with the Big XII slate, every week will be a great match-up for our fans."
The first great matchup takes place in Charlotte, North Carolina at Bank of America Stadium against Tennessee on September, 1st. This will be the first-ever meeting between the Mountaineers and the Volunteers and continues the recent string of neutral-site games to open the season played by both programs.
West Virginia will host perennial FCS heavyweight Youngstown State the following week before returning to the state of North Carolina to take on a re-surging North Carolina State Wolfpack team in Raleigh in week three to conclude its non-conference slate.
"Playing a neutral-site game in Charlotte against an SEC opponent, then on the road at an ACC opponent, along with Youngstown State - a quality FCS team - makes this one of the toughest non-conference schedules ever," Dana Holgorsen added.
West Virginia opens conference play in Morgantown against Kansas State before traveling to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech and then return home to host Kansas. The Mountaineers then travel to Iowa State before welcoming what will be a much-needed bye week to prepare for an extremely back-loaded schedule.
The Mountaineers will play the Big XII's elite - Texas, Texas Chrisitan, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma - in its final five contests after hosting a re-building Baylor team to close out the season.
Times and television schedules are to be announced.
Saturday, September 1st - Tennessee Volunteers (Charlotte, NC; Bank of America Stadium)
Saturday, September 8th - Youngstown State Penguins
Saturday, September 15th - at North Carolina State Wolfpack
Saturday, September 22nd - Kansas State Wildcats
Saturday, September 29th - at Texas Tech Red Raiders
Saturday, October 6th - Kansas Jayhawks (Homecoming)
Saturday, October 13th - at Iowa State Cyclones
Saturday, October 20th - BYE WEEK
Thursday, October 25th - Baylor Bears
Saturday, November 3rd - at Texas Longhorns
Saturday, November 10th - Texas Christian Horned Frogs
Saturday, November 17th - at Oklahoma State Cowboys
Friday, November 23rd - Oklahoma Sooners
**Games in bold are home games
Saturday, December 1st - Big XII Championship Game (Arlington, Texas; AT&T Stadium)