It took a lot longer than expected, but the Virginia Tech football team found out their bowl destination for this season. They will be headed to Annapolis, Maryland to play Tulane from the AAC in the Military Bowl.
The decision took a long time, but it’s not surprising to see them end up there as it has been that way in most bowl projections over the last month-plus. The game will be played on Dec. 27 at 2:15 p.m. The Green Wave lost the AAC Championship game Saturday, 26-14, to SMU, who is entering the ACC next season. It was expected that SMU was going to be the Hokies opponent but when they won the AAC title, that changed their destination.
Virginia Tech waited a while to find out their destination
After waiting all afternoon, it was announced early Sunday night where the Hokies were going. This is going to be a huge month for Virginia Tech and second-year head coach Brent Pry as in just his second season in Blacksburg, he has his team at 6-6 and in a bowl after starting the season 1-3 in their four non-conference games.
Since ACC play began, the Hokies offense has taken off and in their five wins, they scored 30 or more points in each game against Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Boston College, and Virginia. Even more impressive was they dropped 48 on BC in Boston, then officially clinched a bowl berth with a 55-17 win over Virginia in Charlottesville.
This is a valuable next month for the Hokies as they prepare to take the next step in 2024. They got some good news earlier Sunday when defensive end Anywaun Powell-Ryland announced that he is coming back for another season in Blacksburg to lead a defense that was tied for first in the ACC for sacks this season and seventh in the nation.