Virginia Tech won't make a bowl game in Year 2
Coming off of their worst season in 30 years in Blacksburg, not many publications had the Hokies becoming bowl-eligible by late November. That narrative gained more steam after losing three out of their first four non-conference games to Purdue, Rutgers and Marshall. There were many factors for those setbacks, but at least splitting those games was expected. Things changed when ACC play began and now it's late December and they are getting ready for a game against an 11-2 Tulane team.
Virginia Tech did what good teams do when league play started, they took advantage of their conference schedule that did not include North Carolina, Duke, or Clemson. Instead, they rolled over Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Boston College, and Virginia. Their three ACC losses were to the top three teams, Florida State, Louisville, and North Carolina State. Taking advantage of the schedule they had and winning five to become bowl-eligible was big in taking the next step for the program looking ahead to the future and gaining some steam in the rebuild.