West Virginia Tabbed For Camping World Bowl
It wasn’t quite what many fans had hoped for.
— Camping World Bowl (@CWBowl) December 2, 2018
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.