The Holiday Bowl seems to be the most intriguing possibility for West Virginia. Its representatives have followed WVU late in the season and seem interested in the Mountaineers because of their explosive offense and the television appeal of players like Geno Smith and Tavon Austin. The bowl isn't terribly concerned with ticket sales because most are sold locally or to the Pac-12 representative's fans. It would also provide a new face in the bowl.
But the Holiday also likes Texas Tech, so it might have to make a decision there if the Red Raiders aren't taken by the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
The Pinstripe Bowl, of course, is an equally viable option, if for no other reason than location and the potential for a matchup between former Big East rivals. If Pitt wins at South Florida Saturday night and gets to 6-6 and eligible for a bowl, a Backyard Brawl in the Bronx is even an option. Regardless of the matchup, it would be promoted as a clash of former or soon-to-be former Big East schools (Syracuse is another option) in the Big East's back yard.
The only other possible destination for WVU appears to be the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston, simply because it has the choice between the Holiday and the Pinstripe. But with a Big Ten team as the opponent, that bowl would likely prefer a Texas team.
All of that becomes jumbled even further, though, if Oklahoma or Kansas State drops out of the BCS and into the non-BCS bowl pool. Then one of those teams joins the mix of Texas and Oklahoma State available to the Cotton and Alamo bowls and one of them drops down. Depending upon what the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl does, the Holiday Bowl might have, say, Oklahoma State or Kansas State available, both of which could be more appealing than WVU because of better records and/or higher ranking.
At this point in recent years, West Virginia officials might be burning up phone lines trying to lobby one bowl or another for an invitation. But that's not the case this year because the Big 12 essentially prohibits its teams from doing that, asking them to report any conversations they have with bowl officials. The idea is apparently to prevent league teams from undermining each other for bowl positioning.
None of it is likely to be sorted out until after the Kansas State-Texas game late Saturday night. And if Oklahoma and Kansas State are both in the BCS mix, it could be well into Sunday before decisions are final.
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