Eastern Washington was 7-5 last season, losing to Northern Iowa in the first round of the I-AA playoffs. The Eagles have earned five NCAA I-AA playoff berths since 1985 and are the defending Big Sky conference champions, having won the league in 2005, 2004, 1997 and 1992.
It is also expected to be a better strength of schedule fit for West Virginia, should Eastern Washington again make the playoffs like it did last season and Buffalo finish poorly. EWU, then called the Savages, played at Mountaineer Field in 1967 in the NAIA national title game against Fairmont State.
The Mountaineers, defending BIG EAST and Sugar Bowl champions, will conclude spring drills on Saturday, April 15, with the annual Gold-Blue scrimmage at 12:30 p.m.