Though the regular season is still young, it’s never too early to see what members of the media are projecting for the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl. In the 26th annual game, the Russell Athletic Bowl matches teams from the ACC (or Notre Dame) and the Big 12.
Jerry Palm (CBSSports.com): Notre Dame vs. West Virginia
Jason Kirk (SBNation): Florida State vs. West Virginia
Max Olson (ESPN Big 12 Blog): Oklahoma State
David Hale (ESPN ACC Blog): Florida State
Mark Schlabach (ESPN): Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State
Brett McMurphy (ESPN): Georgia Tech vs. West Virginia
After two weeks of the season the experts are projecting two ACC teams (plus Notre Dame) and two Big 12 teams. Of the five teams listed, only Oklahoma State doesn’t have an appearance in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Florida State and West Virginia have three appearances each. FSU was last here in 2011 against Notre Dame where they were victorious 18-14. West Virginia was last here in 2010 when they fell 23-7 to a Russell Wilson led-NC State.
Georgia Tech’s last appearance in the Russell Athletic Bowl came in 2004 when they defeated Syracuse 51-14.