West Virginia hasn’t lost an opener since 2003, when the Mountaineers fell to Wisconsin 24-17 in Morgantown.
“We’re honored to play them,” Stewart said of the Flames. “Hopefully, what happened to us last year against Villanova, when they were on the field for 95 snaps, won’t happen to us again. We’ll see.”
Stewart also was asked about the lack of a Big East team in both the coaches and AP preseason polls.
“Our league is a black-and-blue league,” Stewart said. “We won 75 percent of our games outside the league last year. We are 12-4 in the last 16 bowls we’ve played, including three of four BCS bowls.”