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“Bowl Season,” which is now officially the organization affiliated with College Football’s postseason, released their initial bowl projections today. As many do, the outlet has the Mountaineers heading to the Autozone Liberty Bowl on New Year’s Eve. But as with all projections, the opponent has changed from the rest.
According to Bowl Season, the Mountaineers will be taking on the Ole Miss Rebels in the Liberty Bowl. The Rebels are in their first season under head coach Lane Kiffin, and currently sit with a 3-4 record on the season.
West Virginia and Ole Miss have played once before in the 2000 Music City Bowl. The 49-38 win for the Mountaineers would be the final game in the legendary career of head coach Don Nehlen.
Despite putting up solid numbers offensively, Ole Miss has yielded one of the nation’s worst defenses in 2020. To go along with 535 yards allowed per game, they are surrendering 292 through the air, and 243 on the ground.
If these projections prove to be correct, this could be a very favorable bowl matchup for the Mountaineers.