Eastern Washington last played at (old) Mountaineer Field in 1967 in the NAIA national championship game against Fairmont State. The Falcons won the contest, moved from their home venue because of field conditions. The I-AA Eagles return 43 letterwinners off a team that won the Big Sky championship the last two seasons.
West Virginia, 11-1 last year and coming off a Big East and Sugar Bowl championship, will likely achieve its highest preseason ranking ever when the polls are released. It returns eight offensive started has been named the preseason Big East favorite for the second time in three years. The Mountaineers have won or shared the last three conference titles.
Tickets are also on sale at the Mountaineer Ticket Office for all WVU away games (East Carolina, Mississippi State, UConn and Pitt) except Louisville. West Virginia, which has three consecutive homes games to start the year, opens the season Saturday, Sept. 4 against Marshall at 3:30 p.m. It will be the teams' first meeting since 1997.