“The Chain Reaction Bowl”
West Virginia at LSU, Sept. 25
This will be the first meeting between these programs, but they are inextricably linked, thanks to the events of Dec. 1, 2007. LSU coach Les Miles led his “damn strong football team” to a win over Tennessee in the SEC championship game amid rumors he’d bolt for Michigan, his alma mater. That same day, Pittsburgh shocked West Virginia 13-9 in Morgantown, knocking WVU out of a spot in the BCS championship game. Two-loss LSU got the spot in instead. It was the last game for WVU coach Rich Rodriguez, who ended up getting the job at Michigan – the job everyone assumed was going to Miles. WVU interim coach Bill Stewart had the “interim” tag removed after leading the Mountaineers to a win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Five days later, Miles and LSU won the national title. A “thank you” is in order from both coaches during the pre-game handshake.