The No. 16 Mountaineers are making their third bowl trip in a row and 14th in the last 15 seasons as they prepare to take on the Hurricanes in the Russell Athletic Bowl. This is Miami’s fourth bowl trip in a row, though it has lost the last three straight.
West Virginia (10-2) vs. Miami (Fla.) (8-4)
Dec. 28, 2016
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
How to watch
Game time: 5:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Live stream: You can live stream the game here.
Players to watch
West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard threw for 3,194 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season and was also a factor in the rushing game. He carried 121 times for 400 yards with a team-high nine rushing touchdowns as well.
Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya threw for 3,250 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven yards this season. The junior has started his career with three straight 3,000-yard seasons.
West Virginia won four of its last five games to close the season.
The Mountaineers are in search of their 11th win; that would make for the first 11-win season for the team since doing it three straight times from 2005-07.
West Virginia hasn’t beaten Miami since 1997.
Miami has lost three straight bowl games in the last three seasons, starting with the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl against Louisville and current NFL quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The Hurricanes haven’t won a bowl game since the 2006 MPC Computers Bowl, which featured future NFL players Jon Beason, Kenny Phillips and Brandon Meriweather.
Miami leads the all-time series 16-3 and has won the last six straight matchups and nine of the last 10.
The Hurricanes have played just one other ranked team this season — a one-point loss to Florida State for their first loss of the season.
Miami has been streaky this season, finishing 8-4 with a four-game winning streak to start the season, a four-game losing skid in the middle and a current four-game winning streak.
West Virginia defensive back Antonio Crawford is questionable with an undisclosed injury.