The Virginia Tech Hokies, long considered an ACC heavyweight, lost last season in the Discover Orange Bowl to the No. 4-ranked Stanford Cardinal by a score of 40-12.
The Hokies have been the model of success in the conference, having won four conference championships since joining the ACC in 2004, with Miami and Boston College.
Led by Frank Beamer, the team has been the model of success after coming over from the Big East, and they have proven a lot of experts and pundits wrong, who predicted that the Hurricanes and Seminoles would be playing for the ACC title every year.
Virginia Tech has been in its share of big games, having played for the 2000 national title and having visited all the BCS bowl games under Beamer.
Here are five reasons the Hokies are back in a BCS bowl game next season: