ESPN projects Tennessee to Liberty Bowl vs West Virginia
ESPN predicted Tennessee will face West Virginia in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in its final bowl projections released on Sunday. The Vols haven’t appeared in a bowl game since 2010.
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Tennessee has never faced West Virginia in football. The Vols are 3-0 in three appearances in Liberty Bowl games.
The Liberty Bowl’s associate executive director, Harold Graeter, told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the game’s representatives want Tennessee to play in the game.
“We’ve made it very clear that Tennessee is the team we want,” Graeter said. “We’ve been following Tennessee since Signing Day. …We visited with (Tennessee coach Butch Jones) and (athletic director) Dave Hart throughout the spring, summer and fall. We went to five UT games. We’ve been very visible and very out front about the team we’d like to have. There’s no secret about the team that we want.”