For the 69th straight season and the 104th time in history, West Virginia and Pittsburgh will play a college football date, this time on Friday night at Mountaineer Field.
As for the 105th time?
Let's just say it's maybe more up in the air than exactly which season the Mountaineers will really switch conferences, from the Big East to the Big 12.
If WVU gets to the Big 12 for 2012-13 - what the Mountaineers desire - the 105th "Backyard Brawl" is almost surely not going to be next season at Heinz Field.
If WVU can't extricate itself that soon, then the 105th meeting is likely in 2012, because Pitt plans to be in the Big East two more seasons before a move to the ACC for 2014-15.
The rivalry - the most played in Eastern major college football besides Army-Navy (the 112th meeting next month at FedEx Field) - is anything but doomed, however.
That's good. The "Backyard Brawl" moniker has given the rivalry some cache. People in Oregon know that's the name for WVU-Pitt. It would be a shame to see it go the way of Nebraska-Oklahoma and Penn State-Pitt.
The telecast networks have made the game a national staple. Friday night's ESPN telecast marks the ninth consecutive season the Brawl has been on national TV. The last season it didn't air on ESPN, CBS or ABC at least on a regional basis was 1994.
With a future in the far-flung Big 12, it would behoove West Virginia to continue playing some non-conference games annually in its backyard. Ditto for Pitt, which also seems to have a much better chance of rekindling a series with Penn State since fired legend Joe Paterno has been removed from the picture.
As fierce as the WVU-Pitt rivalry is - belying a lopsided 61-39-3 edge by the Panthers - the schools are said to be on the same page on whether or not to play on. After all, only the last 20 meetings have been conference games.
"I can tell you that (Pitt Athletic Director) Steve Pederson and I have spoken about it more than once," West Virginia AD Oliver Luck told me Friday, "and I think our views on it are very similar - which is to say pretty much identical.
"We both have a strong desire to maintain the rivalry. Now, we know we face questions about the next couple, three years, but it's safe to say we both want to continue playing each other as soon as we can."
Pitt athletics issued a generic statement to me last week when I asked about the Backyard Brawl future:
"At this juncture, with both institutions set to join new leagues, it would be difficult to predict what opportunities will be available with future non-conference scheduling."