How Important is Russell Athletic Bowl to Virginia Tech?

By Ryan McCart
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Virginia Tech’s football program may have many flaws, but the biggest and most noticeable one is the Hokies inability to win in the postseason. During Frank Beamer’s tenure as the head coach of his alma mater he has a record of 8-11 in bowl games. That is one of the biggest reasons why it is imperative for Tech to win the Russell Athletic Bowl against Rutgers.

The Hokies have lost their last two bowl appearances. Stanford beat them in the 2011 Orange Bowl and Michigan beat them in the 2012 Sugar Bowl. Frank Beamer has never lost three bowl games in a row. So that should bode well for the Hokies right? Well, we shall see how the game turns out, but the majority of the press believes that Rutgers will beat VT in a low scoring game.

Tech is used to playing in the BCS this time of year, but the team has to realize that this lesser bowl is just as important for the program. The team from Blacksburg hasn’t had a losing season since 1992, and I doubt any players on the team want to change that from ’92 to 2012. Chances are that there will be some staff changes during the offseason, but right now this staff needs to pull together and treat this game as if it was the national championship.

This football program takes great pride in this streak, and it is something that is easy to sell to future recruits. However, if the Hokies lose this game they can’t boast the winning season streak any more, which could hurt Tech in future recruiting.

In the grand scheme of things, when it comes to the 2012-13 bowl season, the Russell Athletic Bowl means nothing. It is simply a matchup between Rutgers and Virginia Tech, but this reality to these two teams is that this game is important. The Hokies need to win the game, to keep the streak alive, because the streak will help lead to future success.

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