Sugar Bowl 2012: Key Matchups for Michigan vs. Virginia Tech

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Sugar Bowl 2012: Key Matchups for Michigan vs. Virginia Tech
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The 2011 edition of the Sugar Bowl features the Michigan Wolverines taking on the Virginia Tech Hokies. This game features two storied programs meeting in New Orleans after being chosen by the BCS.

The Wolverines returned to prominence this season under new coach Brady Hoke but did not reach the Big Ten title game. They were chosen by the BCS over Big Ten runner-up Michigan State after both SEC teams reached the title game.

The Hokies will be looking to bounce back from an ugly loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game. The Hokies’ selection came with some controversy, as Virginia Tech makes it into a BCS game at the expense of teams such as Boise State, Kansas State, and TCU.

Here are some key matchups to look for in the Sugar Bowl. The game will be played on Jan. 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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