Oct 21, 2015

Week 7 Russell Athletic Bowl Projections

After a relatively quiet week seven, the college football media is projecting four different ACC teams plus Notre Dame and four different Big 12 teams.

Here are your week five projections for the 26th Russell Athletic Bowl.

Jerry Palm (CBSSports.com):  Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State

Jason Kirk (SBNation):  Pittsburgh vs. West Virginia

Jake Trotter (ESPN Big 12 Blog): Oklahoma

David Hale (ESPN ACC Blog): Miami

Mark Schlabach (ESPN):  Florida State vs. Oklahoma State

Brett McMurphy (ESPN):  Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma

Bill Bender (Sporting News):  Florida State vs. Oklahoma State

College Sports Madness: Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State

Bryan Fischer (Bleacher Report): Duke vs. Texas Tech

Zac Ellis (Sports Illustrated): Duke vs. West Virginia

Unlike last week when projections remained somewhat static, we see four new teams enter the media’s guesses. Pittsburgh, Miami, Texas Tech and Duke are the Newcomers this week.

Pitt has made just one appearance in the City Beautiful and that came in 2001 when they defeated NC State in the first edition of the game played in Orlando.

Miami would be making its fifth appearance in the Russell Athletic Bowl, which would tie them for the most by any team. The Hurricanes most recently appeared in 2013.

Texas Tech has one appearance in Orlando, a victory over Clemson in 2002. Kliff Kingsbury, now the Red Raiders’ head coach, was the MVP of that game.

Duke is the only team new to the projections that doesn’t have a previous appearance.


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