This will be the third time the Wolfpack and Mountaineers have faced each other in a postseason bowl game. On Dec. 29, 1972, at the end of Lou Holtz’s first season at NC State, the Wolfpack throttled the Mountaineers, 49-12, for the biggest postseason margin of victory in school history. On Dec. 31, 1975, in the final game for both Holtz and West Virginia coach Bobby Bowden at their respective schools, the Mountaineers took a 13-10 victory.
NC State’s series with the Mountaineers consists nine games, dating back to 1914, when the school was still known as the North Carolina School of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (NC A&M). The Aggies won the inaugural game against West Virginia, 26-13. But the Mountaineers own a slim 4-5 all-time record in the series.
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According to Florida Citrus Sports Committee, the teams for Champs Sports Bowl have been selected but won’t be revealed until 8:30pm tonight. I don’t have any clue why. We will keep this updated throughout the afternoon, but bowl destinations are coming into focus this afternoon and we haven’t heard anything that concerns us or differs from the confidence we expressed in this morning’s entry.
To the contrary, we are ready to go live with our projections in which we have very strong confidence –
Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech
Chik Fil A Bowl: Florida State
Champs Bowl: NC State vs West Virginia
Sun Bowl: Miami vs Notre Dame
Meineke Car Care: Clemson vs South Florida
Music City Bowl: North Carolina vs Mississippi State or Tennessee
Military Bowl: Maryland vs East Carolina
Independence Bowl: Georgia Tech
Fight Hunger Bowl: Boston College
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The afternoon has evolved to support SFN’s bowl projections and things are becoming very clear with the following two developments:
(1) As expected, Miami will tackle Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl (Link) re-confirming a match-up of NC State vs West Virginia in the Champs Bowl.
(2) Maryland is finalized in the Military Bowl vs East Carolina.
Additionally, UNC’s bowl announcement is expected to come around 5:30pm. Will be interesting if they get marquee ‘name’ in Tennessee, or if they get a tougher draw in Mississippi State.
The Chik Fil A Bowl had previously announced they would take the loser of the ACC Championship Game, thereby giving the Wolfpack no shot at playing in Atlanta. They have selected South Carolina to battle Florida State. (Link) It became official this evening. (Link)
The Charleston Daily Mail is reporting that West Virginia has accepted their invitation to play in Orlando:
WVU accepted an invitation to the Champs Sports Bowl on Sunday, according to multiple sources. An announcement was to be made by Florida Citrus Sports, the organizing body in charge of the Champs Sports Bowl, later in the night.
Now No. 21 in the coaches’ poll and No. 22 in the Associates press poll, WVU is expected to play North Carolina State at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
So, based on what we know from all of the other bowl selections, there is no other place for NC State play other than the Champs Bowl in Orlando.
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