This week marks the fifth time a team has been named National Team of the Week for beating the Hokies.
Since 2002, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) has selected a National Team of the Week. In 2002 and 2003, the award was called the FWAA Team of the Week; in 2004 it was sponsored by the Orange Bowl; and since 2005, it has been sponsored by the Fiesta Bowl.
This week, by virtue of their road win over #16 Virginia Tech, the Duke Blue Devils are your (drum roll, please) Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week (cue triumphant music).
So glad we could help … so glad.
Admittedly, it’s a random award. Sometimes the winner of a big game gets it. Sometimes, a team that has achieved greatness gets it. But mostly, teams that make you feel warm and fuzzy get it.
Duke, for example, has won the award three times, including the inaugural award, the weekend of August 31st, 2002. The reason? They broke a 23-game losing streak that week. Toot the horns and throw the confetti!
Duke also won it the week of October 20th, 2012, for beating UNC and becoming bowl-eligible for the first time since 1994. More horns and confetti!
Duke’s third time comes as a result of beating a ranked opponent on the road for the first time since 1971, and in doing so, the Blue Devils become bowl-eligible and will go bowling two straight years for the first time ever. It’s the first time they have beaten a ranked opponent since 1994, first time they’ve beaten the Hokies since 1981, blah-blah-blah. Lots of heartwarming achievements for the Blue Devils on Saturday. Makes you feel good.
Unless you’re a Hokie fan.
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