With Miami (Fla.) pulling out of the postseason because of a lingering NCAA investigation, the door has opened for Virginia Tech to have a more attractive bowl destination.
The official Twitter account of the Russell Athletic Bowl (formerly the Champs Sports Bowl) in Orlando, Fla., posted this earlier today.
“This turn of events means that Virginia Tech, if it reaches 6-6, re-enters our picture. Hokies have H2H vs. Duke and Georgia Tech.
Just reading the tea leaves on the bowl’s Twitter account, it looks like the Yellow Jackets are in the driver’s seat for now, but losses at third-ranked Georgia and in the ACC Championship game could put the Jackets at 6-7. Virginia Tech defeated Georgia Tech, 20-17, in overtime on Labor Day night in Blacksburg.
Kickoff for the Russell Athletic Bowl is at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 28 and the game is televised live by ESPN. The opponent will be from the Big East. The game is played at the Citrus Bowl.
Virginia Tech must beat Virginia this Saturday (Noon, ESPNU) at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg to become bowl eligible for the 20th straight year. Other possible destinations include the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. (Noon Dec. 31, ESPN), and the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas (2 p.m. Dec. 31, CBS).