Bobby Bowden is one of the most well-known names in all of college football. He coached at three different schools from 1959 until his retirement in 2009. During his career he made stops at West Virginia and Florida State. It looked as though we were going to be able to see these two teams meet up in the near future.
Unfortunately, those plans have fallen through and we won’t see the Seminoles and Mountaineers doing battle anytime soon. According to College Football Talk, West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons talked about the team’s decision to cancel the game and the possibility of returning to a big city in the South.
“The only date they could play  we already have two Power 5 [conference teams] on the schedule,” Lyons said. “We could not move those. We wanted to try and get [the neutral-site game] done, but just could not work out the dates.” West Virginia is scheduled to play at Missouri and home against NC State in 2019.
The series was looking to take place for 2018 and 2019, but it doesn’t look like the Bowden Bowl will be taking place, unfortunately. This is the second time a series between the teams was cancelled as two games in 2012 and 2013 were scheduled to take place, but plans fell through after West Virginia moved to the Big 12.
The Mountaineers are looking to return to Atlanta for a future neutral site match-up with another Power Five school. The team last played in Atlanta against Alabama in 2012.
The Mountaineers open the 2015 season on September 5 when they host Georgia Southern.
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