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WVU Slated to Face Service Academy in Way-Too-Early College Football Bowl Projection



West Virginia fans cheer at the Duke's Mayo Bowl on Dec. 27, 2023 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. (Mitchell Northam / WV Sports Now)

It’s extremely early to be talking about the 2024 college football bowl season, but that’s not stopping one major insider from projecting which teams will make the College Football Playoff and who will appear in each bowl game. And despite a successful 2023 season, this way-too-early prediction will leave WVU fans disappointed if it comes true.

Brett McMurphy of the Action Network is sending the Mountaineers to the Armed Forces Bowl against a military academy. West Virginia would face Air Force in this game that will take place in Fort Worth, Texas, according to McMurphy.

Obviously, it’s only February and McMurphy will undoubtedly release 100 more bowl projections between now and when the 2024 season actually kicks off, but this scenario likely means he’s predicting WVU to win either six or seven games during the regular season. Winning more than seven should advance Neal Brown’s team beyond this bowl game, granted there were some projections of West Virginia in the Armed Forces Bowl with an 8-4 record in 2023. WVU ended up needing the Duke’s Mayo Bowl to trade for them to get into a more respected bowl game. West Virginia then beat North Carolina 30-10 in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl to cap off their season.

So while fans are dreaming of contending for a Big 12 title and surpassing the nine wins from 2023, McMurphy now joins FanDuel’s recent win total odds by cooling off the hype a bit. In reality, Brown and his staff will just use these projections as extra motivation and reason his team is being doubted again.

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