In 32 bowl games, WVU has played north of the Mason-Dixon Line just twice. The other time was the 1964 Liberty Bowl in Atlantic City, N.J., where 6,059 people watched Utah rout the Mountaineers, 32-6.
That means this is WVU's first bowl game in New York. The Mountaineers are 15-28-2 in 45 games all-time in the state, although they've never played there in December. The average temperature for New York City on Dec. 29 is 38 degrees, and the sun will disappear not long after the 3:15 p.m. kickoff - sunset is 4:56 p.m. that day.
This'll be the sixth game for the Mountaineers in Yankee Stadium. WVU played five times between 1923-47 in the previous version of the Bronx ballpark.
West Virginia went 2-2-1 in those games against Penn State, Fordham (twice), Manhattan and NYU.
So, how did West Virginia end up in an outdoor cold weather bowl game against a team from a league it just fought to escape?
Well, that five-game losing streak sure didn't help. Nor did Northern Illinois - the Mid-American Conference champion - knocking Oklahoma out of the BCS.
The Big 12 had nine of its 10 teams bowl-eligible, and could have had two BCS bids and its seven other slots neatly filled with the Sooners as an at-large team.
But Oklahoma getting bumped by Northern Illinois - a team that defeated 2-9 Army by one point and 1-11 Kansas by a touchdown before going undefeated in the MAC - caused a trickle-down effect.
Now, Geno Smith will have to settle for a late-December trip to the Big Apple, at least until he gets summoned to Radio City Music Hall in April. He gets one more game to showcase his skills, and seeing him throw deep fly balls toward Monument Park will be memorable.
Tavon Austin, as WVU's home run hitter, should be in his element too.
Just remember, the Pinstripe Bowl wanted Syracuse to be a part of it in New York, New York.
Pitt, not so much.
Contact sports editor Chuck McGill at chuck.mcg...@dailymail.com or 304-348-7949.