West Virginia has a chance to finish with three consecutive wins, building momentum for next season.
Reasons not to go:
n The irony is too much. West Virginia thought it left behind the Big East and its marginal bowls.
Now the Mountaineers, in a bigger and better league, find themselves going to a bowl they wanted to avoid when they were in the Big East.
n It's expensive. Check Priceline and you might be able to find a three-star hotel in midtown Manhattan for around $300 a night, while four-stars are $400 to $500 or more.
If you can afford to stay in a five-star hotel, then you're not worried about the price anyway.
n The weather. Most bowls are at warm-weather locations, or at least warmer than West Virginia in the winter.
According to the Weather Channel, the average high for December in New York City is 43 degrees, while the low is 32. The Holiday Bowl in San Diego would have been much warmer.
n Wait till next year. Save the money you would have spent going to New York and go to an away game in the Big 12 next year.
Norman, Okla. isn't the Big Apple, but the people there appreciate college football and you'll see a better opponent. The Hampton Inn in Norman has rates for $76 a night and the beer is cold at The Brewhouse.
n Can't stand losing. It's possible, though not likely, that West Virginia could lose to Syracuse for the third year in a row. Do you really want to be there for that?
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.