Tuesday’s Sun Bowl game against UCLA marks the 21st straight bowl game for Virginia Tech.
The Hokies finished the regular season with a record of 8-4, two games better than last season. Yet, some in the Hokie nation still aren't satisfied if the season doesn't end with an ACC title or BCS bowl game.
The weight of lofty expectations is a heavy burden, but Coach Beamer knows it comes with the territory as his team looks to finish the season strong.
“I try to look more at the reality of the situation. And the reality is we are fortunate to be here with the young people that we have played and the injuries that we have had and the competition of our league,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. “It's not a given that you can win eight games or nine games or 10 games. We were on a good roll there, but I think it's a different time. I know the fans think you should but it's just reality. It's hard to do.”
On the opposite sideline in the Sun Bowl is UCLA head coach Jim Mora, who has helped raise expectations for a Bruins program that is looking for its first 10-win season since 2005. Mora, for one, can appreciate what coach Beamer has done in winning at least eight games a season for 18 of the past 20 years.
“I'd love to pick his brain and find out how you build what he has been able to build because it's truly impressive and there is a consistency every year and it's a school that graduates its players,” Mora said. “Somebody asked the question about expectations, and they seem to meet those expectations year after year after year. It's really impressive, and I think there is a lot that I can learn.”
WDBJ7 will broadcast a preview of today’s game at 1:30 p.m. The game is also on WDBJ7 at 2 p.m.