The WVU football team was scheduled to kick off the 2017 football season on Saturday, Sept. 2. Instead, they’ll play Virginia Tech on Sunday, Sept. 3 on ABC.
This scheduling change was unexpected, but getting a prime-time slot will be great for the football program. Instead of playing Saturday, the ‘Eers were moved into the 7:30 slot Sunday night and will be broadcast on ABC.
The college football season always starts a week earlier than the NFL, which gives the NCAA options to play Sunday games on opening weekend.
It’s unclear who will be the signal-caller in that first game, but all signs are pointing toward Florida transfer Will Grier. With newly-hired offensive coordinator Jake Spavital leading the group, whoever starts will be given a freedom to make adjustments that’s been missing in recent years. Spavital was Dana Holgorsen’s offensive coordinator in 2011 and 2012, the years Geno Smith set countless Mountaineer records.
There are a number of moving parts for the ‘Eers heading into the summer of 2017. Holgorsen was tasked with replacing his offensive coordinator, quarterback, two wide receivers, a running back and a center; and that’s just on offense. He’s no stranger to reloading, though. Twenty seniors graduated after the 2015 season and 24 more are moving on after this past year. I think it’s time to trust Holgorsen and his plans.