It's The Gator

Despite losing the last two games of the regular season, West Virginia garnered an invitation to the Gator Bowl to face Florida State on New Year's Day.

The invitation is a turnaround from two seasons ago, when West Virginia thought it had clinched a Gator Bowl bid with a victory over Pitt, only to fall to the Continental Tire Bowl.

The team will begin practice for the game on Sunday, and plans to travel to Jacksonville on Christmas Day to begin on-site preparations for the matchup against the Seminoles.

Head coach Rich Rodriguez is very familiar with FSU mentor Bobby Bowden. Rodriguez qorked for Bowden's son Tommy at both Tulane and Clemson, and he also worked as a receivers coach at the Bowden Academy, a summer football camp.

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