Virginia football fans are still coming to grips with the reality that they get to finish their season in Atlanta against the Auburn Tigers in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.
An 8-4 season is nice, but a nine-win season would be the most since 2003 for Virginia. A win over an SEC team would be the cherry on top to a comeback season.
On the other hand, a second straight loss, particularly a big one like the Virginia Tech debacle, could really hurt morale going into the recruiting season.
Therefore, the Cavaliers are not looking at this as a fun trip. They are coming to win and impress a nation-wide audience as it is the only bowl game on during the time slot.
How are they preparing?
What else is going on during this seemingly dead period?
Let us look at some of the important updates for the Virginia program as we head into this bowl.