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West Virginia Projected to Play ACC School in Pop-Tarts Bowl



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West Virginia is projected to face Duke in the Pop-Tarts Bowl in Orlando, Fl. on Dec. 28, according to Action’s Brett McMurphy. Despite the road loss to Houston, the Mountaineers did not fall in bowl projections.

Other Big 12 teams that McMurphy has making a bowl game: Oklahoma (Peach Bowl), Texas (Cotton Bowl), Iowa State (Liberty Bowl), Kansas State (Alamo Bowl), Oklahoma State (Texas Bowl), Kansas (Guaranteed Rate Bowl), TCU (Armed Forces Bowl), Houston (Birmingham Bowl) and BYU (Independence Bowl)

West Virginia currently sits at 4-2, needing two more wins out of the six remaining games to be bowl eligible. 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 four-consecutive games after the Penn State loss, 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 four in-a-row, back when he was at Troy.

West Virginia looks to bounce back from the Houston loss as they host Oklahoma State in Morgantown on Saturday. The Cowboys are looking for a third-straight win after defeating Kansas State and Kansas in back-to-back weeks.

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