MORGANTOWN - West Virginia and Virginia Tech will resume their old rivalry on a neutral field.
The former Big East foes will meet in the season opener on Sept. 2, 2017, at FedExField in Landover, Md. The Mountaineers will also play at the home of the Washington Redskins in 2016 against Brigham Young.
"We are excited to welcome Virginia Tech and West Virginia to FedExField in 2017," Redskins Chief Marketing Officer Mitch Gershman said. "We are proud to continue the commitment to our season ticket holders and fans to host the most competitive and nationally acclaimed matchups in the country."
WVU and Virginia Tech are two of the storied programs in college football.
The Mountaineers have won 101 of their last 142 regular-season games, ranking No. 14 all-time in college football winning percentage and earning 11 bowl trips in 12 seasons.
Led by head coach Frank Beamer, the winningest active coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision , the Hokies have won 10 or more games 11 times over the past 15 seasons, including 13 of the past 18 seasons. With its trip to the Hyundai Sun Bowl last year, Virginia Tech is now one of only two teams in the country to go to at least 21 bowls in row.
"West Virginia University had a great experience at FedExField in 2012, and we are looking forward to playing there again against Virginia Tech," said WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck.
"Not only do our players enjoy playing in NFL stadiums, West Virginia has a lot of alumni living in the Washington, D.C. metro area and playing at a great venue like FedExField gives our fans a road game that is in close proximity. West Virginia and Virginia Tech have had a great historical rivalry over the years, and it's great that the two schools can renew the series, starting in Washington, D.C., in 2017, and then two games in 2021 and 2022."
WVU and Tech first started playing on the gridiron in 1912. The Mountaineers lead the all-time series 28-22-1. The teams will meet again in 2021 in Morgantown and 2022 in Blacksburg, Va.
"It is an exciting matchup for both schools' fans to look forward to," said Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock, a WVU graduate. "I appreciate the work of Coach Beamer and Associate AD John Ballein in arranging this extremely strong non-conference matchup. Not only will the game renew a passionate rivalry, it will also be played at a site that is centered in a major alumni base for both schools."