The 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl features a matchup of two teams coming off disappointing seasons for far different reasons.
The Virginia Tech Hokies, representing the ACC, were a preseason top-15 team that finished 6-6 on the season. While it is the 20th consecutive season in which the Hokies will play in a bowl game, the destination is a disappointing one for a team so accustomed to competing for a BCS bowl on an annual basis.
Rutgers, representing the Big East, began the season 7-0 and looked like a lock to represent the Big East in the BCS. However, a loss to Kent State began somewhat of a downward spiral for the Scarlet Knights. They lost three of their last fives games including a regular season-ending loss to Louisville last week that would have ensured Rutgers their first-ever BCS bid.
So, while the Hokies are just happy to recover enough to compete in a bowl game, they are disappointed in their season.
Rutgers didn't begin the season with high expectations but first-year head coach Kyle Flood's squad surpassed all expectations with their impressive start. The past month has many Rutgers' fans feeling this team is no different than the one's in past years.
Which team will channel their disappointment appropriately and end the season on a high note?
Here is all you need to know about the 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl from where it is being played to who will win and why.