West Virginia Tabbed For Camping World Bowl

West Virginia Tabbed For Camping World Bowl


It wasn’t quite what many fans had hoped for.

West Virginia, following a very good 8-3 regular  season, will play in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla. on Dec. 28. The Mountaineers will face Syracuse (9-3 / 6-2) in yet another redux of former Big East members. The game kicks off at 5:15 ET, at Camping World Stadium, and will televised by ESPN.

While still a solid bowl in the Big 12’s pecking order, following the Sugar Bowl and the Alamo Bowl, it’s still probably below the expectations of some, who were hoping for one of those two higher tier contests.

West Virginia is 0-4 all-time in the history of this game, which has been known by several different names. Most recently, the Mountaineers dropped a 31-14 decision to Miami in the 2016 version, when it was known as the Russell Athletic Bowl. Prior losses included NC State (23-10, 2010 Champs Sports Bowl), Georgia Tech (35-30, 1997 Carquest Bowl) and South Carolina (24-21, 1995 Carquest Bowl).

The Mountaineers last played Syracuse in the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl, absorbing a 38-14 loss that featured a less than stellar effort in snow that blanketed Yankee Stadium. The Mountaineers are 1-4 in their last five bowls.

West Virginia’s path to the bowl was created by Oklahoma’s selection to the College Football Playoff. That, in turn, put Texas in the Sugar Bowl, which is reserved for the league champion, but goes to the runner-up when the titlist is selected for the CFP. Iowa State, likely on the strength of location and its far superior fan support, was tabbed for the Alamo Bowl, leaving West Virginia in the Camping World slot.

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  • #76216
    Kevin Kinder
    Kevin Kinder
    Muskets: 8,975

    West Virginia Tabbed For Camping World Bowl It wasn’t quite what many fans had hoped for. https://twitter.com/CWBowl/status/1069331660158717952 West V
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    #76217
    Hickoryeer
    Hickoryeer
    Muskets: 350
    Rank: Redshirt

    Zero interest in this crappy bowl. Won’t be going or watching!

    #76218

    NoPittyHere
    Muskets: 27,445
    Rank: Heisman Winner

    I’ve made some good friends during our inclusion into this conference. But I was at the same time warned about how it works. I fully understand that now. I’m starting to hate this conference now that I see for myself just how it works. NEEDED, but not WANTED.

    Thanks for the scraps…

    #76219

    Dropout71
    Muskets: 11,880
    Rank: All-Conference

    WVU in the Alamo would have had a superior storyline (Holgs vs. Leach) and a more compelling matchup for TV than ISU vs. Wazzu.

    But Iowa State, which doesn’t go to bowls every year like WVU does, will have 40,000 fans in San Antonio.

    Unless its a playoff/NY6 bowl or a reasonably short drive, WVU fans have clearly demonstrated they will no longer travel to bowls. The Alamo opted for butts in seats.

    Granted, we’re disappointed. Angry, perhaps. But we drew a ranked opponent, an old rival (one which we owe some paybacks from some butt-kickings earlier this decade) which was the No. 2 team in the ACC and WANTS to be in Orlando.

    Our fanbase might have thrown in the towel on this season; let’s hope the coaching staff and team hasn’t.

    #76220

    mexman
    Muskets: 39,235
    Rank: Heisman Winner

    Why is everyone so upset about this? Seems we got exactly what was deserved. It’s an easy assumption that WV would be better represented in Orlando and ISU in San Antonio.

    And one other thing – we lost to ISU.

    Not excited about Dungy versus our defense. Mobile QB who can throw is our Achilles heel.

    #76221

    TonyAlto
    Muskets: 24,421
    Rank: Heisman Winner

    And the Elephant in the room!?
    Will he play?
    Who will be OC?
    So far, Big 12 looks to be in a
    world of hurts in bowls!
    Alabams, Georgia and a Syracuse
    team with incentives!

    #76223

    jeanbeanwvu
    Muskets: 31,900
    Rank: Heisman Winner

    I really dislike playing an ACC school. But NC State would have been better…Syracuse yuk! Now I don’t even want to go!

    #76224

    Cuyahoga Falls Eers
    Muskets: 38,240
    Rank: Heisman Winner

    Article says 8:15 p.m. kickoff.

     

    Camping World web site says 5:15 p.m. kickoff. So does Syracuse web site.

     

    Which is correct kickoff time?

     

     

    #76225

    exDMer
    Muskets: 14,570
    Rank: All-American

    I was looking at another sports web site and WVU “fans” were urging Mountaineer players who have an opportunity to be drafted to skip the Camping World Bowl. I guess the reasoning is to make Dana and Gibby look even worse than these people see them. The word angry barely covers the hatred of WVU coaches these people possess. Reminds me of the child who is refused a bowl of ice cream so he starts screaming and crying. For these “fans” it was being denied their favorite bowl of football.

    #76226

    Ccteam
    Muskets: 85,854
    Rank: Heisman Winner

    Why upset? I’m upset because it’s another year where WV is slotted in the lower bowl that it could be considered for. Big 12 does us no favors. Again.

    #76227

    Ccteam
    Muskets: 85,854
    Rank: Heisman Winner

    If players don’t want to play in these also ran bowls then they shouldn’t be played.

    #76231

    JAL
    Muskets: 6,293
    Rank: Junior

    It might not be “don’t want to play”, more players who expect to be draft picks in the NFL don’t see a reason to risk injury in a bowl game that has little meaning.  They may want to play but feel is it not the best decision.

    #76237
    Greg Hunter
    Greg Hunter
    Muskets: 6,596

    Kiokoff time for the Camping World Bowl is 5:15. We had a typo in are original bowl invite story. Sorry about that. We’ve corrected it.

    #76244
    Butlereer
    Butlereer
    Muskets: 101,825
    Rank: Heisman Winner

    Lower bowl than we wanted, yes. But Orlando is a better place for most of our fans. We’ll travel better there than any other place.

    Excited to kick some orange butt.

    #76253

    Ccteam
    Muskets: 85,854
    Rank: Heisman Winner

    Buy some insurance and play with your teammates, for your team one more time. But as I said, maybe some of these also ran bowls shouldn’t be played.

    #76275

    Dropout71
    Muskets: 11,880
    Rank: All-Conference

    Outside of the playoffs and the NY6 bowls, only two bowl games will pit Top 20 opponents against each other. WVU is playing in one of them. From that standpoint alone, the Camping World is hardly an “also ran.”

    A win would mean a Top 15 finish in the final polls — the Mountaineers’ highest in 11 years (yes, even higher than after the Orange Bowl blowout).

    I can be as pessimistic as the next guy (as the people who sat around me at games for the last 40 years know all too well), but I think this group of seniors will be motivated to show up and play well.

    #76318
    Kevin Kinder
    Kevin Kinder
    Muskets: 8,975

    Why is everyone so upset about this? Seems we got exactly what was deserved. It’s an easy assumption that WV would be better represented in Orlando and ISU in San Antonio.

    And one other thing – we lost to ISU.

    Not excited about Dungy versus our defense. Mobile QB who can throw is our Achilles heel.

    Well, there are any number of things that people can be upset about that can translate into not attending a bowl.

    However, I do know that:

    1) The head to head results when two teams are vying for a bowl bid mean absolutely nothing. Schools might lobby the bowls, but its TV that has the majority of the input. Bowls have a little bit.

    2) The attendance isn’t even a distance factor any more. No matter the situation, WVU’s bowl game attendance has long been dropping. Yes, the distance and game dates are a factor. But it’s been happening for some time now — ever since the Gator Bowl runs.

    3) ISU football is on the upswing, and that breeds enthusiasm. If the Clones continue to put up 8-4 records, will their fans still keep turning out in massive numbers? They still certainly are in hoops – they have the second largest contingent every year at the Big 12 basketball tournament.

    #76336

    Ccteam
    Muskets: 85,854
    Rank: Heisman Winner

    WV fans have to travel great distances to attend any away games. Plan to do that once a year and it gets hard to attend a bowl. Then add in the disappointment factor when the team almost accomplished so much more but didn’t quite. Expect low attendance again. Especially if someone…ahem…may not play.

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