West Virginia and Utah meet in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
The Mountaineers, the Big 12 representative, come in at 7-5 and on a two-game losing streak after falling to Texas then College Football Playoff participant Oklahoma.
Hailing from the Pac-12, the Utes are 6-6 and won their final game against Colorado 34-13. The game between the Mountaineers and Utes will be played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
Heart of Dallas Bowl: West Virginia-Utah football TV channel, time, live stream
TV: West Virginia and Utah can be watched on ESPN.
Time: West Virginia and Utah play at 1:30 p.m., ET.
Live stream: West Virginia and Utah can be watched online on WatchESPN.com.
Heart of Dallas Bowl: West Virginia-Utah football picks, odds
Odds: Utah is favored by a touchdown at -7 according to MyBookie.
Over/under: The over/under for the game is 57 points.
Heart of Dallas Bowl: West Virginia-Utah preview
This will be the 8th installment of the Heart of Dallas Bowl, a game that began at the conclusion of the 2010 season. Played at the historic Cotton Bowl (now that the actual Cotton Bowl has moved to nearby AT&T Stadium), the game has featured teams from the Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, Mountain West and Conference USA.
The game was sponsored by TicketCity for its first 2 installments, was sponsored by PlainsCapital Bank in 2012 and 2013 and has been sponsored by Zaxby’s since 2014.
The Big Ten has not had much luck in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The conference is 0-4 in its appearances and has been outscored 168-84 in those games. A Big Ten team appeared in 4 of the first 5 Heart of Dallas Bowls with Illinois making the most recent appearance in the 2014 season. Northwestern lost in the first Heart of Dallas Bowl, suffering a 45-38 loss to Texas Tech at the end of the 2010 season. While the Big Ten is winless in the game, teams from the Big 12 and Pac 12 are a combined 3-0.
Last year’s game between Army and North Texas was the first Heart of Dallas Bowl to go to overtime. Army won 38-31 in OT thanks to a whopping 480 rushing yards.
Here’s a look at the results of past Heart of Dallas bowls:
- 2010 season: Texas Tech 45, Northwestern 38 (MVP: Taylor Potts, Texas Tech)
- 2011: Houston 30, Penn State 14 (MVP: Case Keenum, Houston)
- 2012: Oklahoma State 58, Purdue 14 (MVP: Clint Chelf, Oklahoma State)
- 2013: North Texas 36, UNLV 14 (MVP: Derek Thompson, North Texas)
- 2014: Louisiana Tech 35, Illinois 18 (MVP: Houston Bates, Louisiana Tech)
- 2015: Washington 44, Southern Miss 31 (MVP: Myles Gaskin, Washington)
- 2016: Army 38, North Texas 31 (MVP: Ahmad Bradshaw, Army)
The Mountaineers are led by quarterback Will Grier, who’s thrown for 3,490 passing yards and 34 touchdowns on the season.
18 of those scores have gone to touchdown leader David Sills V, who has 60 catches for 980 yards. Gary Jennings also has 94 catches for 1,030 yards and one score, while Ka’raun White has 11 touchdowns and 978 yards on 58 catches.
On the ground, Justin Crawford has 1,060 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the team, while defensively, Linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton leads the team with 102 total tackles, including 13 for a loss and three sacks.
For the Utes, Tyler Huntley has been the signal caller, throwing for 2,246 yards and 15 touchdowns this year.
Darren Carrington II has six of those scores on 66 catches and 918 yards.
Zack Moss is the team’s rushing leader with nine touchdowns and 1,064 yards. Linebacker Kavika Luafatasaga is the Utes defensive leader with 76 total tackles, three for a loss and one sack.