Virginia Tech Will Head to Russell Athletics Bowl in Orlando

by JustinC on December 2, 2012 · 14 comments

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russellx inset community Virginia Tech Will Head to Russell Athletics Bowl in OrlandoWhile the ACC has asked for the team to remain anonymous until 8:30 tonight, word has already begun to spread that the Hokies will officially head to Orlando to participate in the Russell Athletics Bowl. The Hokies opponent will be 9-3 Rutgers from The Big East. The Scarlet Knights ended their regular season with a home loss to Louisville, which cost them a spot in a BCS bowl.

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Overall, Rutgers is a good opponent. They’re lackluster offensively (96th in points for with 22.4 ppg) but they’re stout defensively (4th in scoring defense). This game will be a tremendous challenge for the Hokies who have been inept at times this season on the offensive side of the ball.

With Tech’s selection done, the rest of the ACC bowl picture is clearing up.

Florida State will head to the Orange Bowl and likely play Northern Illinois out of the MAC. No, that’s not a typo mainly because the BCS is forced to take a non-BCS conference team if a non-BCS team finishes in the top 16. Northern Illinois finished the year 12-1 and will travel to Miami to face the Seminoles.  The good news is that Northern Illinois is the least talented team the Noles could face in this game.  The bad news is the Huskies are a good team and could easily beat Florida State if the Seminoles don't take this one seriously.

Clemson will face LSU in the Chick-fil-a Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia. This is one of the better confirmed bowl matchups so far.

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Georgia Tech will head out to El Paso, Texas to play Southern Cal in the Sun Bowl. The Yellow Jackets are bowling thanks to an NCAA bowl waiver. While controversial, you can’t penalize Georgia Tech for playing in the conference championship game because the top two teams in the Coastal were ineligible.

NC State will head to Nashville to play in the Music City Bowl versus the hometown Vanderbilt Commodores.

Lastly, Duke will play in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte versus the Cincinnati Bearcats. This is Duke’s first bowl trip since 1994.

After looking over these matchups, I can admit that I may watch one or two of these games, not including the Virginia Tech one (obviously). With two permeire programs on NCAA suspension, the bowl lineup this year has not gone in the ACC’s favor, just a year removed from placing two teams in the BCS.

Feel free to chime in with any thoughts below.

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Brian December 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Last night, espn.com had Clemson against LSU in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl? Did something change? I’d rather see them play A&M though.

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justinc December 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Ahh, you’re right. They did take LSU. Last I saw it was A&M. Thanks for the heads up.

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bob n. young December 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I have posted a couple of times about the gradual decline of our football program. In my view one of the areas that started it all has been the poor leadership for bowl games. I get the “its’a a reward for the regular season” mindset. What I don’t get is why we aren’t laser focused and play our butts off every year. We look in bowl games like we did at Pittsburgh earlier in the season, no focus, just show up and play with no intensity whatsoever while the opposition pounds us into submission. We, then, reluctantly admit “we weren’t ready to play”, to which I say hogwash!! Why aren’t we ready to play? Why do we not have the intensity? And when we do(sugar bowl/michigan) we make bonehead plays and mistakes all night and lose after having gained double the yardage of our opponent.
In my view this will be a real test bowl this year, are we ready? Do we want to be there? Is our intensity there? Will we play hard and smart(no mistakes)? No one should deny we need this win to cap an otherwise awful season.
I still submit it’s coaching and only coaching that keeps limiting us from elite levels. I know they work hard but they’re paid for results and as of now the fans are getting the short end of the stick. Look at Texas A & M and what they have done in one year under a new coach and Ohio State as well, don’t we deserve, as fans, the same results? When you consider how long our staff has been together we should be contending for NC every year. I feel we’re headed in the direction of mediocrity for that very same reason. Everyone far too comfortable at VT.

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justinc December 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I think coaching longevity is a good thing but the recent round of coaching changes that we made 5 years ago really hasn’t improved our program. If anything, we’ve lost a bit of that “toughness” we used to have. Also, some NCAA rule changes have played into that as well.

But, in general, I agree with your central point. However, I think we have gone into bowl games in the past with a business mentality and still lost. I know we’ve been more focused recently but that doesn’t always lead to wins. We looked great last year (minus a play here or there) and should have beaten Michigan (cough Danny Coale).

We do need to take a step back and figure out what changes we’re going to make this off-season. Some will be coaching changes other will be what we do during the off-season, during camp, during the season, etc. We need to find a way to work with the new rule changes to install some toughness back into our players.

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Justin December 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm

So for awhile now the name Tony Franklin has been tossed around for potential OC. Say in the end Beamer does make a change and hires Tony Franklin…(who knows what will really happen). Would this effect our defense? Let me explain… This summer there was a lot of hype about our defense and how they could be the best in the NCAA. Well we found out that it seemed like that because they were going up against an inept offense…If Tony Franklin were to install a spread offense that would make our defense have to go up against that style all summer. Would we be prepared for a power running game say Pittsburgh? Is the spread offense that Tony brings with him a finesse offense or is it a combination of power/finesse?

TL;DR If Tony Franklin is hired (big if), would his style of offense weaken our defense?

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justinc December 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I think that’s oversimplifying it a bit. If you look at a lot of the top defenses, a lot of them are just really talented groups. Alabama, LSU, Florida, Boise State, Michigan State, and Notre Dame all have a lot of talent on that side of the ball. So, I think a great defense is a talented defense. Plus, add in a one of the better coordinators in the country and Bud Foster and I think it’s a non-issue.

Plus, Boise State is hardly a pound it up the middle team and they have a top 10 D this year. Same with Florida, BYU, and Bowling Green. Could it hurt our defense a little bit? Maybe. I mean the middle drill is what this program is built on but I would sacrifice some defense for a more consistent offense. In return, I think that would make our defense better. The more the VT offense is on the field the more our defense is off of it, which means better defensive numbers.

I don’t see that as an issue if that scenario plays out, especially since Bud has some work to do on his D this off-season as well. It hasn’t worked at max compacity since 2007. Then again we haven’t been as talented on that side of the ball since then either, which takes me back to my original point. Hopefully that answers your question.

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Rjco December 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Just saw on the La Tech blog site that Tony Franklin will take over OC. Newsome and Ocain retiring and Shane to take over Special teams. Stinespring taking a job but doesn’t say where.

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Mark December 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Where did you see that? On a forum?

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Mark December 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Fire Bryan Stinespring is now saying that it has heard from credible sources that Tony Franklin will indeed become the OC. They say that BS will leave for a head coaching job and that O’Cain and Newsome will retire. Thats a lot of changes for Frank and a little hard to completely believe. Sounds like it could be an interesting December/January with all of this and our basketball team getting some attention.

I am happy to see things changing at VT. How long can we keep swimming around in the mediocrity we have been. Take some risks and see where it takes us.

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justinc December 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Those people aren’t credible or at least I’m not going to take it as credible unless another source reports it. Historically, those guys (or guy) are idiots.

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Gbd December 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm

This would be awesome but my only concern would be him leaving after 2-3 years, he’s known for jumping ship he seems to be at a different school all the time. But changes are going to happen it’s popping up everywhere. “FINALLY”

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Meagan December 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

So, with Franklin going to Cal does this mean that we are not going to be in store for any changes? Going to be another year of the same ol stuff! This is sucks as a VT fan. I will still support them but it is becoming very aggervating.

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justinc December 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Changes will be made but making them before the bowl game isn’t the answer. Plus, why go get an OC that’s going to stay at best 1 or 2 years? That’s not a recipe for longterm success.

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Meagan December 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Why make a change? Well it’s difficult to watch a football game with the offensive side of the ball, half of the stadium know’s what’s coming when we line up. So, how easy is that for the other team? That’s today’s world, these 10-12 year coaching situations are not staying in tact any longer it’s not the way it is. Besides if it’s going to stay the same why have a 10 win season? Go to a BCS bowl loose to Michigan, Stanford, Kansas? I mean who cares if we win 10 games and there all to teams that hasn’t won a game. I love VT, always will but it’s frustrating. We NEVER win a big game, and until something changes it’s going to be the same.

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