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WVU Will Open 2028 Football Season Against Tennessee in Duke’s Mayo Classic

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Nov 14, 2020; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers snaps a play during the third quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia football will open the 2028 season with a game against the University of Tennessee in the Duke’s Mayo Classic in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Charlotte Sports Foundation announced Tuesday morning.

It will be the second-ever meeting between the Mountaineers and Volunteers, ten years after the programs first faced off in Bank of America Stadium in 2018. West Virginia won that matchup 40-14 in front of more than 66,000 spectators.

“West Virginia University has a strong alumni fan base in Charlotte and the surrounding region,” WVU athletic director Shane Lyons said in a statement. “Through the years, our fans have enjoyed traveling to Charlotte for our bowl and neutral-site games. As with the game in 2018, this gives us a chance to play a strong nonconference opponent in a city that is known for its great hospitality. Based on the attendance from 2018, this series renewal should be another fan favorite.”

West Virginia has played four games at Bank of America Stadium (former Ericsson Stadium) in Charlotte. The game against the Volunteers in 2018, a 31-30 win over North Carolina in 2008, and losses against Virginia in 2002 and East Carolina in 1999.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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