Of course, last year the Orange Bowl was forced to take a Big East team that had lost to Syracuse and Louisville and paired it with high-powered Clemson. How'd that work out?
Sure, there are some games that are must-see, starting with (or actually ending with) Alabama-Notre Dame. I'd still rather see Oregon against either of those defensive-minded teams just for curiosity, but if Stanford can shut down the Ducks, well, maybe that wouldn't have been all that interesting either.
You've got to love any game that involves a Baylor team that finished first in the country in total offense and thisclose to last in total defense. Not many teams can score 63 and lose, but the Bears did. They get UCLA in the Holiday Bowl that West Virginia wanted so badly, but wouldn't it have been great to pair Baylor with Louisiana Tech somewhere, anywhere? In one order or another those two finished first and second in the country in total offense and last and next-to-last in total defense.
These bowl guys have no sense of humor, do they? Or maybe they just couldn't find the six-hour TV window necessary to fit that game.
Oh, and while South Carolina-Michigan in the Outback Bowl could be a snoozer, who isn't interested to see if Jadeveon Clowney can catch Denard Robinson?
All things considered, though, in a season in which so few bowl games carry much of an appeal, West Virginia might have done worse. There is certainly the intrigue of returning to its roots (if only briefly) in the Big East, as well as facing an opponent for the 58th consecutive year. It doesn't really mess with your Christmas or New Year's if you decide to go, and hey, there's even the perhaps 50-50 chance it might not snow.
Yeah, at this point you take what you can get.
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