Monday Thoughts: The 2014 Military Bowl

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Hokie fans celebrate during Virginia Tech's 33-17 Military Bowl win.
Hokie fans celebrate during Virginia Tech’s 33-17 Military Bowl win.

If there was ever a program in need of a good, old-fashioned, feel-good bowl win, Virginia Tech was it. And they got one.

It has been a long time since the Hokies had a bowl game they could feel good about. 2009, to be exact, when Tyrod Taylor and company blew up on the Tennessee Fighting Lane Kiffins in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and won 37-14.

Since then, from 2010-2013, the Hokies were 1-3 in bowl games, and the one win (13-10 over Rutgers in the 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl) was the equivalent of a football root canal, standing in our memories as the ugliest football game in the last three seasons, until this year’s Wake Forest game happened.

  • 2010 Orange Bowl: Stanford 40, VT 12
  • 2011 Sugar Bowl: Michigan 23, VT 20
  • 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl: VT 13, Rutgers 10
  • 2013 Sun Bowl: UCLA 42, VT 12

On the heels of all that, Saturday’s Military Bowl win was a breath of fresh air.

I don’t like the weight that bowl games carry. Too much importance is placed on whether a team wins their bowl game, and how they look doing it, when the truth is that bowl games are crap shoots, and though they are intended to pair evenly-matched teams, they often fail. The 1997 Gator Bowl (UNC 42, VT 3), the 2000 Gator Bowl (VT 41, Clemson 20), and the 2010 Orange Bowl are a few games I