The Military Bowl against Cincinnati. While not exactly where we hoped to be when the season began, this is a good game for this particular Hokie team, not to mention its fan base.
The similarities are right there with 2012. Tech finished 6-6 and drew a 9-3 Rutgers team in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Most assumed the Hokies would lose, simply because of Rutgers’ record. They nearly did, and the game was ugly, but in the end playing a program like Rutgers helped the Hokies attain a 7-6 record.
The Military Bowl against Cincinnati could do the same. While the Bearcats are a lot better offensively than that Rutgers team (VT-Rutgers was one of the ugliest offensive games I can remember, eclipsed only by that Wake Forest game a few weeks back), they aren’t anywhere near as good defensively. The Hokies have a legit shot to beat them.
Here are a few reasons why I really like this bowl game for this particular Tech team.
A Chance to Win
Virginia Tech has a 6-6 record. A bowl win would give them a winning record for the season. A bowl loss would give them a losing record. I don’t know about you, but I think 7-6 sounds a helluva lot better than 6-7.
Tech’s bowl streak began in 1993, and they have won no fewer than seven games in each season since then. Their 7-6 mark in 2012 was the worst during that stretch. A 6-7 record would end the streak that we never talk about…the winning record streak.
As Frank Beamer is into his twilight years as a head coach, I would also hate to see a blemish in the form of a losing record near the end of his career. Check out these numbers since 1993…
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