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West Virginia Projected Bowl Matchup with Future Big 12 School



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West Virginia is already half way to becoming bowl eligible for the 2023 season after defeating Texas Tech 20-13 on Saturday. Action Network’s Brett McMurphy has the Mountaineers playing Arizona in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 16 in Shreveport, La.

Other Big 12 teams that McMurphy has making a bowl game: Texas (Sugar Bowl/CFP), TCU (Liberty Bowl), Oklahoma (Alamo Bowl), Kansas State (Pop-Tarts Bowl), Kansas (Texas Bowl), UCF (Guaranteed Rate Bowl), Texas Tech (First Responder Bowl), BYU (Armed Forces Bowl), Oklahoma State (Birmingham Bowl) and Houston (Frisco Bowl).

McMurphy told WVSN that West Virginia would finish 6-6 before the season started.

McMurphy moved WVU into bowl contention after beating Pitt at home in the Backyard Brawl. West Virginia won their third-consecutive game on Saturday, which is the first time since 2018 that the program has done so. It’s also the first time since 2018 that HC Neal Brown has won three in-a-row, back when he was at Troy.

West Virginia looks to continue their early-season run next Saturday against TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. While Brown has been at WVU, his teams have never lost in Fort Worth. Last year’s game in Morgantown was a close victory by the Horned Frogs, 41-31. WVU is going for four-straight wins this weekend.

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