Monday, December 27, 2010

2010 Champs Sports Bowl Preview

December 28, 2010 6:30 PM ET
Stadium: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
Payout: $2,130,000
Played: 1990-present
Once known as: Blockbuster Bowl (1990-1993), Carquest Bowl (1994-1997), MicronPC Bowl (1998), Bowl (1999-2000), Tangerine Bowl (2001-2003)
Broadcasters: Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore
Sideline Reporter: Rob Stone
Storyline: Despite a 9-3 season that would be considered a success at most programs, the administration at West Virginia does not think that is good enough and has to decided to replace Bill Stewart with Dana Holgorsen after the 2011 season. The Mountaineers will be playing for their head coach in their eighth consecutive bowl appearance. West Virginia is third in the nation in total defense, giving up just 251.3 yards per game. The Mountaineers have won four of their last five bowls. North Carolina State finished the season 8-4, led by dual-threat quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson had eight 300-yard passing games this season, but he is rumored to be leaving the college football ranks early for baseball. The Wolfpack look to end Wilson’s football career with a win over the most consistent Big East program of the last decade. West Virginia and NC State have not met since 1979, but this will be their third meeting in a bowl game.
All-time Series: 5-4 West Virginia
Line: West Virginia by 2.5

West VirginiaNorth Carolina State
Overall Record9-3Overall Record8-4
Conference Record5-2Conference Record5-3
Bowl Record13-16Bowl Record12-11-1
Last Bowl Win2008 Meineke Car CareLast Bowl Win2005 Meineke Car Care

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