The Alabama Crimson Tide and the West Virginia Mountaineers announce a home-and-home series starting in 2026. The move was announced on Friday that the two historically prestigious teams will match up in a series that will strengthen both teams schedules in those years. Nick Saban is from West Virginia and it could be a nice homecoming if he coaches that long. Given that Saban would be 74 years old at the time of the first game, it’s a possible situation, but doubtful. Alabama will travel to Morgantown on September 5, 2026, while the Mountaineers will head to Tuscaloosa on September 4, 2027.
West Virginia Athletic Director, Shane Lyons said this in a statement about the agreement:
“I would like to thank Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne for his help in putting together this SEC/Big 12 home-and-home matchup. With its great tradition and history, it will be exciting to host the Crimson Tide in Morgantown, and it will provide our fans with a great trip to visit Tuscaloosa the following season. Our non-conference football scheduling and the quality of opponents we are playing continue to be second to none.”
The teams have met only once in their college football history. Alabama beat WVU 33-23 in the Chik-fil-A Kickoff game. It was a close game throughout and this is the type of schedule that both teams need. Saban has put together a tremendous dynasty at Alabama, while WVU embarks on a new journey with first-year head coach Neal Brown. A lot can change in eight years, but both teams are usually competing in the top-25. Scheduling tougher games like this will help both teams in their quest for reaching the College Football Playoffs. Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne is also thrilled with this move.
“We are pleased to be able to add another premier, non-conference opponent to our future home-and-homes with West Virginia,” read a statement from Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne. “This series gives our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans the opportunity to play in and experience outstanding on-campus matchups to open the 2026 and 2027 seasons. As we continue to build out our future schedules, we will work to include even more home-and-homes of this caliber.”
It’s also worth to note that before becoming the athletic director at WVU, Lyons spent three years as the deputy athletic director at Alabama. With the rapport and relationship between both sides, this was an easy deal to come to terms with.