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WVU Sports

May 18, 2012

HERTZEL COLUMN: ’Bama game comes at a perfect time



Facing Marshall, as WVU does this year and has done often in recent history, is always one way to get all you want out of an opener, the Thundering Herd being an in-state rival which serves to create an atmosphere in which a football season can be born correctly.
But this 2014 venture will be something special, held at the site of one of the Mountaineers’ greatest victories … the Sugar Bowl upset of Georgia following the 2005 season in which Steve Slaton ran wild.
WVU and ’Bama have never met in football, which makes it a unique pairing, and matching the state’s favorite son in Saban against the state university gives it a special flavor that incorporates some of the same kind of feelings that would go with the now-defunct Backyard Brawl.
Rest assured it will come after a summer during which the discussion centers upon nothing much outside of the upcoming WVU opener, and when it does arrive the road south will be crammed with West Virginia license plates that will look more like the homecoming parade than game traffic.
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