West Virginia's 3 Most Likely Bowl Destinations This Year

The West Virginia Mountaineers have a chance to finish fifth in the Big 12 with a 8-4 record if they can beat Kansas State on the road on Dec. 5, putting them in position to land a bid to a very good mid-tier bowl game. Here are WVU's three most likely destinations this year:

AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Big 12 vs. SEC)
Sat., Jan. 2, 3:20 p.m. ET
Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN

West Virginia lost to Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl last year, so while they're a prime candidate, it's hard to imagine the Mountaineers going back for a second year in a row. However, it is the closest option in terms of location so you can never totally rule it out, but this is very unlikely for the Mountaineers.

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl (Big 12 vs. Pac-12)
Sat., Jan. 2, 10:15 p.m. ET
Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ

The Cactus Bowl would certainly be a change of pace for the Mountaineers, and playing a high-quality Pac-12 team could be very intriguing to the fan base. That being said, Phoenix is the farthest West Virginia could travel this postseason, and they'd like to stay closer to home if they have another opportunity - which they will.

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Big 12 vs. SEC)
Tues., Dec. 29, 9:00 p.m. ET
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX

West Virginia would have gone to the Texas Bowl last year if the Texas Longhorns hadn't become bowl eligible, but since they won't be playing in a bowl game this year, the bid should go to the Mountaineers. This seems to be the perfect combination of location, prestige, and quality opponent for the Mountaineers, who could face Arkansas, LSU, or Mississippi State in this game.

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