Mark Richt won nine bowl games during his time in Georgia. Tonight, he’ll try to win his first for his alma mater in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
It’s been a while since Miami won a bowl game. The Hurricanes have lost all six they’ve been to since 2008 and last won one in the 2006 MPC Computers Bowl (yeah, you remember that one) in Larry Coker’s final season.
West Virginia is eyeing its first 11-win season under Dana Holgorsen — the Mountaineers’ first 11-win year since doing it three consecutive seasons from 2005-07.
Miami vs. West Virginia, Russell Athletic Bowl game time, details
Time 5:30 p.m. ET
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 28
Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
Weather: Mostly sunny, high of 81 degrees
The line: Miami by 2.5
What channel is Miami-West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl on?
ESPN is televising the game.
How can I watch Miami-West Virginia online in the Russell Athletic Bowl?
You can stream the game at WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Miami-West Virginia on the radio in the Russell Athletic Bowl?
You can follow the game on ESPN radio.
Who is calling the Russell Athletic Bowl for ESPN?
Dave Pasch is handling play-by-play with Greg McElroy as analyst and Tom Luginbill as sideline reporter.
Russell Athletic Bowl: Miami-West Virginia keys to the game
Eyes on Kaaya
Miami QB Brad Kaaya became Miami’s all-time passing leader — that’s saying a lot given the talent that’s come through the program — and passed for at least 3,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. He threw for 23 TDs and 7 interceptions this season and spread the ball around well. Five players caught at least 25 passes and seven had touchdowns.
Speaking of QBs
West Virginia’s Skyler Howard threw for 3,194 yards, 26 TDs and 10 picks while also gaining 400 yards and 9 TDs on the ground. When Howard is clicking, the Mountaineers are tough to beat. But in West Virginia’s two losses (to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State), Howard completed just more than 50 percent of his passes and threw 3 TD passes and 3 interceptions.
Offense vs. defense?
In his first season in Miami, Richt has the Hurricanes playing some defense. The Canes are 13th nationally in points allowed (18.9) and 28th in yards allowed (355.3). In contrast, the West Virginia offense is 12th nationally with 506.9 yards per game. Something has to give in Orlando.