The 2023 college football bowl pairings are out, and in a surprising twist, the West Virginia Mountaineers will find themselves matched up in what’s probably the best destination Mountaineers fans could’ve hoped for: the Duke’s Mayo Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina, against the North Carolina Tar Heels on December 27th at 5:30 PM ET on ESPN.
North Carolina & West Virginia will play in Duke’s Mayo Bowl— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 3, 2023
Kickoff: Dec. 27 (Wednesday), 5:30 pm ET (ESPN)
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The matchup will mark the third-ever meeting between the two programs and a rematch of the Mountaineers’ last postseason trip to Charlotte, where Pat White led them to a 31-30 win over the Tar Heels in the 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl for their fourth consecutive bowl victory. WVU head coach Neal Brown has never faced UNC as a head coach, but a win here would put a nice bow on the 2023 season and give the Mountaineers a lot of momentum heading into 2024.
West Virginia ended the regular season with an 8-4 record, surpassing preseason expectations, and finished fourth in the Big 12 Conference standings behind Texas, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma.
North Carolina also finished the season with an 8-4 record and seventh in the ACC.
The Mountaineers hold a 1-1 record in previous iterations of the Mayo Bowl. West Virginia’s first appearance in the bowl—then named the Continental Tire Bowl—ended with the Mountaineers losing to the Virginia Cavaliers, 48-22.