WVU Gets Utah In Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

WVU Gets Utah In Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl


West Virginia’s football team will be in familiar territory when it heads to Dallas in late December for the Zaxby’s HEart of Dallas Bowl. The Mountaineers flew into the Dallas Fort Worth Airport for both the TCU and Baylor games this year, and stayed in the Metroplex for both contests.

The Mountaineers dropped to the sixth lower-tier bowl in the Big 12 pecking order. TCU landed the Alamo bid, with Oklahoma State snaring the Camping World nod and Texas getting the ESPN-backed selection to the Texas despite a 6-6 record. Iowa State took the Liberty Bowl, while Kansas State heads to the Cactus. Only Texas Tech, in the Birmingham Bowl, was lower in the selection process.

The Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl is played in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tex., and will kick at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 26. Several ticket packages are available.

This will be West Virginia’s first appearance in the bowl, which has been in existence since 2011. Texas Tech (2011) and Oklahoma State (2013) are the other two Big 12 schools to have played in the game.

The West Virginia Mountaineers and Utah Utes have officially accepted invitations to play in the 2017 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, Brant B. Ringler, the bowl’s executive director, announced Sunday. The eighth edition of the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will be played Tuesday, Dec. 26 at Cotton Bowl Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. CT and the contest will be televised by ESPN.

“We’re extremely excited to announce West Virginia and Utah as the two programs playing in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl this year,” Ringler said. “Congratulations to both the Mountaineers and Utes for their outstanding seasons. This promises to be an great matchup at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. Fans from both programs are in for a special time in Dallas.”

West Virginia (7-5, 5-4 Big 12) is headed to a bowl game for the 36th time in its proud history. The Mountaineers are playing in their first Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. This will be the fifth time West Virginia plays a bowl game in Texas, and the first in 30 years. The Mountaineers’ five previous bowl visits to the Lone Star State were the Sun Bowl three times (1937, 1948 and 1987) and the Bluebonnet Bowl (1984).

Dana Holgorsen is in his seventh season as the head coach at West Virginia, leading the Mountaineers to six bowl games, including the last four years. Holgorsen is 53-36 overall at West Virginia and 2-3 in bowl games.

Utah (6-6, 3-6 Pac-12) is playing in a bowl for the fourth consecutive season and 21st time overall. The Utes are playing in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl for the first time, but it’s the fourth bowl game for the program in Texas. Utah played in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl in 2006 and the Sun Bowl twice (1939 and 2011).

The Utes have played in 11 bowl games under Kyle Whittingham and he has the best bowl win percentage in NCAA history at 91-percent (10-1). The Utes are 110-56 in 13 seasons under Whittingham.

Last year, the Army West Point Black Knights won an exciting 38-31 overtime contest against North Texas.

The 2017 Heart of Dallas Bowl is part of the 88th year of games being played at Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park, which features 227 acres of museums, attractions, history, art and performances located in the “heart” of the ninth largest city in the United States.

This year’s Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will again be televised nationally on ESPN, and will be aired in both English and Spanish on the Heart of Dallas Bowl Radio Network.

Tickets range from $25 for a general admission seat, to $75 for a reserved lower bowl seat and $125 for a mid-field chair back seat. Tickets can be purchased through the bowl’s web site at http://theheartofdallasbowl.com/general-tix. With the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl announcing on Sept. 11, 2014 a new mission to honor first responders through football complimentary tickets are available to first responders and their families via signup at the bowls website: www.HeartOfDallasBowl.com. These tickets are made possible by generous underwriting from North Texas businesses and bowl corporate partners.

Owned and operated by ESPN Events, the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl has been supported by a myriad of Dallas-based corporations and organizations including the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Dallas, Omni Hotel Dallas and Hyatt Regency Dallas. The bowl game serves as one of several Heart of Dallas Foundation events aimed at inspiring Dallas millennials to be the next generation of influencers and philanthropists. Demonstrating this commitment to philanthropy, past Heart of Dallas Bowl profits have gone to benefit charities serving the homeless population in Dallas. This year’s game will honor first responders and their families.

The Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl is the first bowl game in the country to honor First Responders. Representatives to be honored during the game include firefighters, police and EMS personnel. Tributes take place at the beginning of each quarter and presentations are made throughout the event. The pre-game fan fest also brings together first responder groups from all over North Texas, with a tailgate outside Cotton Bowl Stadium, showcasing hardware from participating units and community organizations.

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    WVU Gets Utah In Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl West Virginia’s football team will be in familiar territory when it heads to Dallas in late December for
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    #39869

    Sort of disrespectful to get shuffled to the Big 12’s lowest rated game.

    #39870

    Agree

    Only Texas Tech got a worse bowl than us

    #39879

    Is it mandatory?
    How much wil it cost the school?

    #39900

    WV could complain that KSt was given the nod over them, or ISU. But given their qb injury and the likelihood that both the Wildcats and Cyclones will have a bigger fan base at the games, it’s not much of an argument. In fact, I’m kind of surprised that the Zaxby Bowl didn’t pass them over for the Texas Tech fan base. You can wear rose colored glasses if you want, but it is what it is.

    #39906

    Is it mandatory?
    How much wil it cost the school?

    There is no way anyone will turn down a bowl bid. The costs are more than covered bu WVU’s payout from the league that it receives each year.

    #39907

    Agree

    Only Texas Tech got a worse bowl than us

    in terms of pecking order, yes.

    In terms of bowl ops, I’ll reserve judgment until after the game. The Cactus Bowl, for instance, had an epic media hospitality room and hotel. But the game ops, including pretty much locking us in after the game was over and providing no bus ride back to the hotel after the game, was shaky at best.

    Biggest hope is that the bowl has some good activities for the players in Dallas.

    #39920

    ONly bad thing about this bowl game is the date. Dec 26 means Christmas away from home for fans going to the game.

    #39943

    Actually, for the players, I think going to Dallas ought to be fun. Agree about the date though, day after Christmas. The match-up with Utah is kind of interesting. I’m still mad at them for kicking our butts in the Liberty Bowl in 1964. (yeah, I’m old enough to remember that).

    #39944

    I’m still mad at them for kicking our butts in the Liberty Bowl in 1964. (yeah, I’m old enough to remember that).

    Hence your avitar and name.

    #39950

    Seems like Lyons thinks it’s a plus so I will lean with him.

    I had heard that the players did I not want to go to Memphis.

    #39952

    Agree

    Only Texas Tech got a worse bowl than us

    in terms of pecking order, yes.

    In terms of bowl ops, I’ll reserve judgment until after the game. The Cactus Bowl, for instance, had an epic media hospitality room and hotel. But the game ops, including pretty much locking us in after the game was over and providing no bus ride back to the hotel after the game, was shaky at best.

    Biggest hope is that the bowl has some good activities for the players in Dallas.

    I had not thought of that.

    I trust that this will be a better experience than the Cactus Bowl.

    #39978

    Agree

    Only Texas Tech got a worse bowl than us

    in terms of pecking order, yes.
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    In terms of bowl ops, I’ll reserve judgment until after the game. The Cactus Bowl, for instance, had an epic media hospitality room and hotel. But the game ops, including pretty much locking us in after the game was over and providing no bus ride back to the hotel after the game, was shaky at best.

    Biggest hope is that the bowl has some good activities for the players in Dallas.

    It’s interesting that evaluation of the bowl is viewed in relation
    to how the media is treated!
    The good thing (maybe) about the game will be
    that we have the the opportunity to see
    coaching strategies at work between two pretty
    even teams.

    #40020

    Not overly excited about this bowl. I won’t attend it but I will watch and cheer. Or curse.

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