Report: West Virginia Looking To Back Out Of 2012 Game At Florida State

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04: Head coach Dana Holgorsen of the West Virginia Mountaineers has gatorade dumped on his head by his players including Tyler Rader #55 (L) of the West Virginia Mountaineers after they won 70-33 against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

West Virginia is scheduled to play Florida State on September 8th in Doak Cambell Stadium next season. But according to Jim Lamar of the Tallahassee Democrat, that might not happen:

"Florida State athletics director Randy Spetman told the Democrat on Thursday that West Virginia officials have contacted FSU about the possibility of cancelling the game because of conference realignment. The Mountaineers are trying to make their switch to the Big 12 in time for this fall, and if they do, they might have to buy their way out of the FSU deal because of scheduling conflicts."

Tomahawk Nation had previously reported that many inside the FSU program were not keen on playing the game.

The game was originally a result of a settlement as the ACC raided the Big East of Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College in 2004. It's unknown how West Virginia's leaving the Big East would impact the settlement.

And for good reason. The BCS system does not reward strong scheduling teams. A prime example is Virginia Tech, which started with a 4-0 record against a non-conference slate of Appalachian State, East Carolina, Arkansas State and Marshall, before finishing 7-2 down the stretch. That performance earned Virginia Tech a bid to the Sugar Bowl.

In 2012, Florida State is already playing Florida, at Virginia Tech, Clemson, at South Florida, at North Carolina State, at Miami, Boston College, at Maryland and Wake Forest. Those nine schools have combined for 40 bowl appearances over the last five years, and are plenty enough schedule strength for Florida State to make a BCS bowl as an at-large bid, should the 'Noles fail to win the ACC.

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