Morgantown, West Virginia – If the West Virginia Mountaineers (5-6) can win next weekend on the road against the Kansas Jayhawks (2-9), they will become bowl eligible and it could set up the ultimate bowl game matchup with none other than Dana Holgorsen and the Houston Cougars.
Houston, currently 10-1 and 8-0 in the American Athletic Conference, has exceeded expectations this season and are currently ranked #17 in the nation.
The American Athletic Conference and the Big 12 Conference both have bowl affiliations with the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. A potential matchup of West Virginia versus a Dana Holgorsen-led Houston would be a huge attendance draw, and it would be a big national storyline that would get amazing television numbers.
Although this has been a disappointing seasons for the Mountaineers, beating Dana Holgorsen would make the season a major success for the program and state. Any bowl game would be a huge victory for West Virginia team team that started 2-4, but an opportunity to hammer the Holgorsen-led Houston team would be icing on the cake!
With that said, beating Kansas next Saturday will not be an easy task. The Jayhawks upset Texas in Austin last weekend and only lost by three points on the road today at 5-6 TCU. If the Mountaineers win, however, it could set up the most exciting bowl game in recent West Virginia football history.