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First Bowl Predictions Have State in Frenzy

We are months away from the beginning of the 2015 college football season and even further away from bowl season. But inevitably as soon as the Football Bowl Association releases the bowl schedules every season writers across the country publish their way-to-early bowl predictions.

This year is no different. AP writer Ralph Russo published his predictions yesterday morning and it seems the stars have the chance to align for an epic showdown in Dallas.

Russo has predicted the Mountaineers to play none other than the Herd in the Heart of Dallas Bowl played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas on December 26th.

While the entire state will quickly take a stand on this prediction, you must remember that in order for WVU to fall to this game there may be more at stake than a rivalry game outside the confines of West Virginia. While it is not clear where the Heart of Dallas Bowl fits into the Big 12 tie-in schedule it is safe to assume that a middle of the pack Big 12 team will be awarded this game. Middle of the pack may not be enough for Dana Holgorsen when many are stating anything else than 8-9 wins would be considered a failure this coming season.

While the Heart of Dallas Bowl was not part of the Big 12 bowl tie-in schedule last year it will be in 2015. Conference USA has a yearly tie-in with the bowl while the Big 12 and Big 10 rotate tie-ins every other year. The Big 12 will have a tie-in in 2015, 2017, and 2019.

Last years game placed a 6-6 Illinois against CUSA runner-up Louisiana Tech.

The entire bowl prediction:

Arizona Bowl

Wyoming vs. Rice

Cure Bowl

Houston vs. Georgia Southern

New Orleans Bowl

Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Air Force

New Mexico Bowl

Louisiana Tech vs. New Mexico

Las Vegas Bowl

Utah State vs. California

Camellia Bowl

Toledo vs. South Alabama

Miami Beach Bowl

UCF vs. Western Kentucky

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Bowling Green vs. Fresno State

Boca Raton (Fla.) Bowl

Western Michigan vs. East Carolina

Poinsettia Bowl

San Diego State vs. Washington

GoDaddy Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois

Bahamas Bowl

Ball State vs. Middle Tennessee

Hawaii Bowl

BYU vs. Temple

St. Petersburg Bowl

Cincinnati vs. North Carolina

Sun Bowl

Louisville vs. Utah

Heart of Dallas Bowl

West Virginia vs. Marshall

Pinstripe Bowl

Pittsburgh vs. Michigan

Independence Bowl

Miami vs. Florida

Foster Farms Bowl

Iowa vs. Stanford

Military Bowl

Navy vs. Virginia Tech

Quick Lane Bowl

Illinois vs. Duke

Armed Forces Bowl

Colorado State vs. Rutgers

Russell Athletic Bowl

Kansas State vs. Florida State

Texas Bowl

Texas A&M vs. Texas

Birmingham Bowl

Memphis vs. Mississippi State

Belk Bowl

North Carolina State vs. Missouri

Music City Bowl

Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee

Holiday Bowl

Arizona vs. Penn State

Peach Bowl

Alabama vs. Clemson

College Football Playoff semifinal at Cotton Bowl

Notre Dame vs. Auburn

College Football Playoff semifinal at Orange Bowl

Ohio State vs. Baylor

Outback Bowl

Nebraska vs. Arkansas

Citrus Bowl

Wisconsin vs. LSU

Fiesta Bowl

Boise State vs. Oregon

Rose Bowl

Arizona State vs. Michigan State

Sugar Bowl

Georgia vs. TCU

TaxSlayer Bowl

Minnesota vs. South Carolina

Liberty Bowl

Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss

Alamo Bowl

USC vs. Oklahoma

Cactus Bowl

UCLA vs. Oklahoma State

College Football Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona

Ohio State vs. Auburn

Jeremy Simon
Founder and publisher of, Jeremy is also a contributor to USA Today as well as covers the Mountaineers for Athlon Sports. Follow on Twitter @JSi07
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