West Virginia may have backed into the Big East's BCS Bowl berth, but Clemson wasn't supposed to be the opponent.
Instead, the 15th-ranked Tigers (10-3) defeated Virginia Tech for the second time this season. But this time it was in the ACC Championship and Dabo Swinney's team earned the spot in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4.
The No. 23 Mountaineers (9-3) caught every break they needed to reach the Orange Bowl, including a last-second field by Tyler Bitancurt to knock off South Florida on Thursday night.
Now the Big East's reputation rides on WVU's shoulders again, which seems sort of ironic considering the Mountaineers are doing everything they can to get out of the conference by July 1.
After losing to Louisville 38-35 on Nov. 5, West Virginia didn't look like a championship team and the thought of reaching a BCS bowl looked remote. Somehow the Mountaineers rallied to beat Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and South Florida in close games.
Then WVU got some hel...