With bowl season fast approaching and the selection show set to get under way on Sunday, many people are speculating about what bowl the Virginia Tech Hokies will wind up in.
Fans aren't really worried about the bowl per se but are more focused on the potential matchups. It's likely Virginia Tech will wind up in the Chick-fil-A Bowl or the Gator Bowl.
The Tennessean reported earlier this week that the Hokies would take on the Volunteers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. I have a hard time believing the final decision has been made because Georgia Tech could end up losing the ACC Championship.
If the Yellow Jackets fall to Clemson, then I think they play in Atlanta.
The other possibility, though it would be more of a stretch, is playing West Virginia in the Gator Bowl.
West Virginia and Virginia Tech were huge rivals in the Big East, and it's a game that everyone in Blacksburg misses. Everyone literally talks about how much they miss the battle for the Black Diamond Trophy on a weekly basis.
It would be great if the athletic directors could work something out so this rivalry could be renewed during the regular season, but that's unlikely to happen in the near future. This leaves Hokie fans, and probably Mountaineer fans, yearning for this matchup in a bowl game.
If we end up playing Tennessee, it should be a good game. Lane Kiffin has that program going in the right direction, and there are many people that go to Virginia Tech that are from Southwest Virginia. I myself am not, but there seems to be a great deal of hate towards Tennessee from these people.
According to Southwest Virginians, you choose one of the two teams at birth and hate the other for eternity. Fair enough.
There was talk and speculation about having a Virginia Tech-Tennessee matchup at Bristol Motor Speedway a few years back, but nothing ever happened.
Since Tech's chances of going to a BCS Bowl are gone, a matchup with one of these two teams is what fans are hoping for. Both games should be good, and either one would bring a buzz to the Virginia Tech campus.
Sunday we shall find out, but if Georgia Tech wins the ACC Championship, expect the Hokies to be matched up with the Volunteers in the Chick-fil-A bowl.