Ten years after their first meeting in Charlotte, Tennessee and West Virginia will do it all again. The Volunteers and Mountaineers announced a 2028 date on Tuesday morning, with Bank of America Stadium serving as the venue once again.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) April 27, 2021
West Virginia beat Tennessee back in 2018 to the tune of 40-14 in the first game of the Jeremy Pruitt era. Since then, Neal Brown has taken over for the Mountaineers, while the Volunteers have moved on to Josh Heupel.
Tennessee and West Virginia were slated to play in the Liberty Bowl last season, but the Vols were forced to pull out of the game due to COVID issues.
“This should be a fun showcase game for our program in a city and venue our fans enjoy visiting,” Tennessee Director of Athletics Danny White said. “Opening our season against a quality opponent like West Virginia will serve as a valuable experience for our team prior to SEC play.”
Tennessee’s non-conference slate consists of Pittsburgh in 2021 and 2022, BYU in 2023 and Oklahoma in 2024. Nebraska is on the schedule for 2026 and 2027, while West Virginia joins the 2028 slate today.