Nov 28, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies tight end Bucky Hodges (7) reacts with quarterback Michael Brewer (12) and offensive lineman David Wang (76) after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Hokies defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 24-20 at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
There has been plenty of speculation about what bowl the Virginia Tech Hokies would play in after they defeated the Virginia Cavaliers on Black Friday. Throughout this week, speculation was building towards the Hokies playing in the Military Bowl especially after UCF defeated East Carolina on a hail mary pass.
Now, the Hokies know their bowl destination and opponent, and it is not a surprise at all.
The Hokies will be facing the Cincinnati Bearcats of the American Athletic Conference in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland on December 27th at 1:00pm on ESPN. The Hokies and Bearcats last played each other at Fedex Field in 2012 with the Bearcats taking down the Hokies 27-24.
Many Hokie fans will be happy with the destination especially fans in Northern Virginia who will have a very short trip to this game. This seems likely to be a game where there are a lot more Hokie fans than Cincinnati fans due to the distance. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium only seats 34,00 but the Military Bowl will likely sell standing room tickets and may try to add temporary seats.
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You can also call this game the Whit Babcock Bowl with Cincinnati being where Babcock came from before taking over as the athletic director in Blacksburg. There will probably be some fun tweets sent to Babcock from Cincinnati and no matter where the bowl was, you could expect Babcock would be there.
The matchup is not too bad as Cincinnati went 9-3 this season and was one of three co-champions in the American Athletic Conference. Cincinnati has won 7 straight games while their three losses were not too bad against Ohio State, Miami, and Memphis. The Bearcats are not strong on defense but have a very good passing game led by Gunner Kiel who threw for over 3,000 passing yards, and also had 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
This has the makings of an interesting game with Cincinnati’s strong passing game against Virginia Tech’s really good defense. This is a good chance for the Hokies to get a very good win to provide a lot of momentum into the offseason.