A Virginia Tech Orange Bowl Appearance Would Be Bad For ACC, BCS
Virginia Tech has dominated the ACC since joining the conference in 2004. They won the ACC their first year in the conference, and won their second conference championship last year against Boston College. The question Virginia Tech and their fans should ask themselves is: do you want to see the Hokies in a BCS bowl this year?
As a student here, my answer is no. Virginia Tech struggles in BCS bowls when they have good teams; imagine what would happen to them this year. They would be this year's version of Hawaii. Hawaii was undefeated last year, but they didn't play anyone. That's my point.
Virginia Tech would be absolutely humiliated on the national stage if they somehow wind up in Miami for the Orange Bowl this year. The chances this will happen are slim, but possible.
The Hokies have to win their remaining games against Duke and Virginia, and hope Miami loses to Georgia Tech on Thursday night. If this happens, North Carolina, Duke and Virginia Tech would each have three conference losses, and the team with the fewest losses in the Coastal Division, Virginia Tech, would be the Coastal Division representative in the ACC Championship.
If Maryland ends up losing to Florida State or Boston College it's the same for the Atlantic Division in the ACC. A team from the ACC in a BCS bowl would be bad for college football.
If Miami doesn't win their remaining games against Georgia Tech and NC State, there's a great chance the conference championship will contain two teams with at least three conference losses. Miami and Maryland are the only two teams remaining to have only two conference losses.
Don't be fooled, this isn't because the ACC is tough. It's mediocrity by the division. The ACC isn't a bad conference this year, and has only two teams under .500. However, you wouldn't say the ACC is a good conference either.
Honestly, the ACC doesn't deserve to have anyone in the Orange Bowl this year. I say this because there are more deserving teams out there; teams that conferences don't have automatic bids to BCS bowls.
Typically, I don't like putting teams like Utah and Boise State in BCS bowls, because they haven't faced the competition teams in the BCS conferences have faced all year, but when your conference champion could possibly have three in-conference losses it's tough to argue placing that team in a BCS bowl over an undefeated team.
Virginia Tech, or any team in the ACC, shouldn't have the opportunity to play in one of college footballs biggest bowls for one reason. Three loss teams belong in the gator bowl, not the Orange Bowl.
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