As the college football season enters Week 10, it’s that time of year when fans start looking ahead to the possibility of their team playing in a bowl game. Four weeks ago for Virginia Tech fans, it seemed like an unlikely scenario.
Since ACC play started, the Hokies have turned a 1-3 start in the non-conference and turned around to sit at 4-4 after a 38-10 win over Syracuse last Thursday. For games remaining in the season Brent Pry’s team needs to split their final two games to become bowl-eligible. It’s doable, but if it’s done, here are some bowl projections after play this weekend that include Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech is listed in multiple bowl projections
ESPN experts Mark Schlabach and Kyle Bonagura each have the Hokies projected in two different bowls. Schlabach has them playing Kansas State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl in Orlando on Dec. 28 at 5:45 p.m. Bonagura has Tech playing in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas against BYU on Dec. 23 at 3:30.
Sports Illustrated’s Bill Bender has Tech playing in the Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York against the University of Iowa on Dec. 28. College Football Network has the Hokies playing Tulane in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27, while Athlon Sports has them also playing on Dec. 27, but in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl in Charlotte against the University of Florida.
Brett McMurphy of Action Network has the Hokies also playing in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl but against Missouri.
A month ago, seeing Virginia Tech in multiple bowl projections was a dream, but they are quickly making it a reality in 2023. They still need two more wins, but the schedule is doable in terms of getting two wins. Road games at Louisville, Boston College, and Virginia are not going to be easy, as is their only remaining home game against North Carolina State, but all you can ask for at this point after the 1-3 start is that they have a chance.