By CAM HUFFMAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
West Virginia football fans can now start counting down to the exact minute, instead of just the day.
ESPN announced Wednesday that the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between WVU and Alabama on Saturday, Aug, 30 will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and be televised on either ABC or ESPN2.
The weekend will begin with the first of two Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games, featuring Ole Miss and Boise State. That game will be played Thursday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
“In recreating the Kickoff game format, our goal has always been to open the season in a memorable way,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A’s president and CEO. “With these matchups, teams and fan bases, there’s no doubt that all eyes, once again, will be on Atlanta for this colossal weekend of college football. With these games, along with the opening of the new College Football Hall of Fame, Atlanta will be the home of the celebratory kickoff to college football.”
Between the two games, more than 145,000 fans are expected at The Georgia Dome over the weekend. Both games will included pregame activities for fans, as well as team walks and pep rallies.
Mountaineer Athletic Club members and WVU season ticket holders can request tickets to the game online at www.wvugame.com or by returning their priority ticket request form. Information on tickets for the general public will be announced after the May 15 priority deadline.
The WVU baseball team will begin a three-game series at Big 12 foe Oklahoma tonight at 7 p.m.
Today’s, which will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest, will see John Means (4-1, 1.72 ERA) on the mound for the Mountaineers against an unnamed Sooners starter. Harrison Husgrave (3-2, 1.73 ERA) will start Friday’s game, also scheduled for a 7 p.m. start on Fox College Sports, and Sean Carley (5-1, 2.73 ERA) will get the call on Saturday. That game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Fox College Sports.
WVU (17-15, 2-6 Big 12) is coming off a 4-1 win over Ohio State Tuesday in Morgantown. OU (24-14, 4-5 Big 12) has lost four straight Big 12 contests, while the Mountaineers have lost six in a row.