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 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -West Virginia accepted a bid late Saturday to play in the Meineke Bowl for the second time.
The Mountaineers will probably face North Carolina on Dec. 27 at Bank of America Stadium. Bowl officials are confident the Tar Heels will fall their way once the Atlantic Coast Conference formalizes its bowl bids on Sunday afternoon.
Meineke Bowl executive director Will Webb offered West Virginia a spot in the bowl moments after the Mountaineers beat South Florida 13-7 Saturday to finish the regular season 8-4 overall and 5-2 in the Big East.
The move was made possible after Pittsburgh accepted a bid to the Sun Bowl Saturday night.
``The Mountaineers have proven to be a very talented and formidable team this season,'' Webb said.
While West Virginia will bring dynamic quarterback Pat White, bowl officials hope the school will bring plenty of fans, too.
s chances for a sellout in 72,000-seat Bank of America Stadium. Virginia beat West Virginia 48-22 in 2002 in front of a sellout crowd in the bowl's first game.
North Carolina is likely fell into the Meineke Bowl's lap after Virginia Tech beat Boston College 30-12 in the ACC title game Saturday. It's expected that the Champs Sports Bowl will now select Florida State, with BC dropping to the Music City Bowl. That would allow the Tar Heels to make the 2-hour drive to Charlotte to play in the game for the second time.

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