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2016 Russell Athletic Bowl announced: Miami Hurricanes will face West Virginia Mountaineers in Orlando

Let’s get it, Canes!

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Get ready for bowl season, Canes Fans! On Sunday afternoon, the Miami Hurricanes were selected to play in the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl.

As stated in the above tweet, Miami will face the West Virginia Mountaineers in the bowl game. This should be a good game, featuring two name brand teams in a premium level bowl game.

After concluding the 2016 season 8-4, including a 5-3 record in the ACC, the Miami Hurricanes have earned their way to yet another bowl game. The Hurricanes will face #14 West Virginia, who finished 10-2 on the year and 3rd in the Big 12. The Mountaineers have quietly built a very solid team under coach Dana Holgerson, and have a number of very good players. This is a team Miami can beat, but it won’t be a cakewalk by any means.

The Russell Athletic Bowl is scheduled to be played on December 28th at 5:30pm at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, and will be televised nationally on ESPN. By virtue of the game being in Florida, I fully expect there to be a sizeable contingent of Canes fans in attendance.

This selection marks the 3rd time Miami will play their bowl game in Orlando. The Canes had a 36-9 loss to Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl in 2013, and a 20-14 loss to Wisconsin when this game was the Champs Sports Bowl in 2009.

As has been well chronicled, Miami has struggled in bowl games recently, having last won one a decade ago, beating Nevada in the MPC computers bowl in 2006. Since then, Miami has been 0-6 in bowl games.

But, that’s in the past. The Canes are heading back to Orlando with one goal in mind: Win.

Let’s go to work and get this money.

Go Canes