Wednesday, 5:30 PM: Russell Athletic Bowl #14 West Virginia vs. Miami (FL)
A fascinating Big 12-ACC match-up between a very good West Virginia team that finished 10-2 and an improved Hurricanes team with first-year coach Mark Richt at the helm. The biggest revelation for Mountaineers coach Dana Holgersen's traditionally high-scoring squad has been its defense, which led the way in impressive wins over Missouri, Texas Tech, and TCU. The Hurricanes lost four close games in the middle of the season, but still finished 8-4 with quality wins over Appalachian State, Pittsburgh, and NC State. Richt can really coach, and the view that this is a team on the rise is reflected in their status as three-point favorites. I like the Mountaineers to hold Miami under 30 and prevail late.