MORGANTOWN—In a release which was initially reported on Wednesday, the Atlantic Coast Conference has announced that its seven sponsored fall sports will not start until the week of September 7th-12th, and that all non-conference games must be played in the home states of its member institutions.
As a result, the West Virginia/Florida State game in Atlanta originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5th and sponsored by Chick-fil-A as well as sanctioned by the Peach Bowl Committee, has been canceled.
Neither school has formally announced the cancelation of the game, nor has the Peach Bowl, but multiple outlets have reported the decision and West Virginia does not appear on Florida State’s updated schedule.
There were two other “kickoff” games scheduled at Mercedez-Benz Stadium for that weekend which will also be affected. The Georgia/Virginia and Auburn/North Carolina games will not be taking place now as well.
WVU’s season opener is now in limbo and is the second game to be eliminated from the Mountaineers’ 2020 schedule due to COVID-19 concerns. West Virginia’s home game against Maryland was removed after the Big 10 announced it would play a conference-only schedule in football.
On WVUSports.com and WVUGame.com, the university’s official websites for sports and tickets, neither game has been updated on the Mountaineers’ schedule as of Friday, July 31st.
WVU, Georgia, and Auburn now have open dates for the first weekend of the college football season. Since Georgia and Auburn will play each other in October, it’s possible that WVU could schedule one of those teams to make up for the cancellation of the Florida State game.
Neither the Big 12 nor the SEC have made an ultimate decision on their 2020 football scheduling situations, other than allowing schools to play in “Week Zero” of the season.