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Week 2 Bowl Projections: TCU Remains a Popular Selection Among Media

The 29th Camping World Bowl is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to start predicting which ACC and Big 12 teams might be headed to Orlando.

Here’s a round-up of projections from around the college football media world after Week 2:

Kyle Bonagura (ESPN): Virginia Tech vs. TCU
Mitch Sherman (ESPN): Boston College vs. TCU
Eric Single (Sports Illustrated): Miami vs. TCU
Jerry Palm (CBS Sports): Virginia Tech vs. TCU
Bill Bender (SportingNews): Miami vs. Texas
Jason Kirk (SBNation): Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia
Brant Parsons (Orlando Sentinel): Virginia Tech vs. TCU
CollegeFootballNews.com: Virginia Tech vs. TCU
247 Sports: Miami vs. TCU

Virginia Tech vs. TCU

  • Four of nine media members polled picked Virginia Tech-TCU, the most of any one matchup for the second consecutive week.
  • This would be the first meeting between programs.
  • Virginia Tech made its second Camping World Bowl appearance last season; the Hokies lost to Oklahoma State 30-21.
  • The Hokies’ first Camping World Bowl appearance was a 13-10 win over Rutgers in 2012 — the only overtime game in the bowl’s history.

Miami vs. Texas

  • The Hurricanes and Longhorns split four previous meetings, 2-2, and have not met since the 1991 Cotton Bowl, a 46-3 Miami victory.
  • Texas has traveled to Florida for three previous bowl games — the last was the 1974 Gator Bowl — and would be making its debut in the Camping World Bowl.
  • Miami has played in the Camping World Bowl five times – tied with NC State for the most appearances in game history.

Boston College vs. TCU

  • The programs split a home-and-home series in 1987 and 1988, the only previous meetings between the teams.
  • Boston College won the first game in Chestnut Hill 28-20 while TCU was victorious the next year in Fort Worth 31-17.
  • Boston College is 2-0 in Camping World Bowl appearances; the Eagles defeated Michigan State 24-21 in the then-Champs Sports Bowl in 2007 and beat Virginia 21-13 in 1994, when the game was played in Miami and was known as the Carquest Bowl.
  • This would not only be TCU’s first appearance in the Camping World Bowl, but the program’s first appearance in a bowl game in the state of Florida since they lost to Georgia 40-26 in the 1942 Orange Bowl.

Miami vs. TCU

  • Miami is 6-3 all-time against TCU; their first meeting came in 1946, a 20-12 Miami win.
  • The programs have not faced each other since the 1992 season, when Miami defeated the Horned Frogs 45-10.
  • Miami is 3-2 in the Camping World Bowl; its last appearance was in 2016 when the Hurricanes beat West Virginia 31-14.
  • TCU has never played in the Camping World Bowl.
Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (94) sacks Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Jerod Evans (4) during the third quarter of the 2016 ACC Championship Game in Orlando, Fla.

Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia

  • Overall, the Mountaineers hold the 28-23-1 advantage in the series
  • In addition to the 2017 and 2012 Camping World Bowl games, Virginia Tech also visited Orlando for the 2016 ACC Championship Game at Camping World Stadium, a 2000 road game against UCF and a 1991 neutral-site game against top-ranked Florida State
  • West Virginia has appeared four times in the Camping World Bowl but has yet to leave Orlando victorious.
  • The Mountaineers’ most recent Camping World Bowl game was a 31-14 loss to Miami in 2016.

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