The Virginia Tech Hokies are two weeks away from their bowl date against Rutgers in Orlando. Tech is now one of just six programs in college football to go to 20 straight bowls-- joining the likes of Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Michigan, and Alabama. Now, the Hokies still have something to prove.
The Hokies took a break Thursday from final exam preparations to get back on the practice field. They'll get down to business on the game plan for Rutgers early next week.
“We're right here in exams and so we're trying to work our way through that,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. “After today, they've got tomorrow off and we'll come back and practice Saturday. There was a little opportunity there at the end to work with some of the guys that aren't playing, redshirting or whatever. We want to do a little of that as we can, some scrimmage work, looking at them and evaluating them.”
The Hokies have played in BCS bowl games in four of the last five years and while the Russell Athletic Bowl isn't quite as prestigious, there is still a motivational checklist that includes avoiding a losing season for the first time since 1992, and winning a bowl game for the first time since 2009.
“I think they're disappointed in how this season turned out,” Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. “We're excited to be going to our 20th straight bowl but I think they wanna finish this thing up on a strong note. This year, especially down the stretch, they showed a lot of character and I think they wanna carry that over into the bowl game.”
Following exams, the Hokies will practice in Blacksburg before heading to Orlando on December 23rd.