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In a major surprise, Virginia Tech will participate in a BCS Bowl after all, even with its 38-10 ACC Championship Game loss to Clemson. The Hokies will play in the 2012 Sugar Bowl, according to Bryan D. Fisher. This contradicts an earlier report that suggests the Hokies would go to the Chick Fil-A Bowl.
The Hokies lost twice all year, both to Clemson. However, most suspected their lack of marquee wins would doom them further down the bowl picture. Instead, the ACC will get two teams in the BCS.
The Hokies' ascension means Virginia will replace them in the Chick-Fil A Bowl. It remains unclear who the Hokies would play in the Sugar Bowl.
Game date, time: 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Location: Superdome in New Orleans, La.
TV channel: ESPN
2011 winner and loser: Ohio State, Arkansas
Virginia Tech's 38-10 loss to Clemson in the 2011 ACC Championship Game proved to be costly. Instead of competing for a BCS bowl game, the Hokies, who entered the game No. 5 in the country, will tumble all the way down to the Chick Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, according to a report by Chip Patterson of CBS Sports. They will face Auburn.
The Hokies suffered only two losses all season, but both were to Clemson, and the last one proved to be decisive. Auburn, meanwhile, finished 7-5 and 4-4 in the SEC one year after winning the national championship behind Cam Newton.
Here's more information on the game.
Game date, time: 7:30 p.m., December 31.
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA.
TV channel: ESPN/ESPN3.
2010 winner and loser: Florida State, South Carolina.
It is not official yet, but it appears that the 2012 Orange Bowl will pit ACC champion Clemson against Big East champion West Virginia. The Tigers defeated Virginia Tech, 38-10, in the ACC Championship Game on Saturday, while West Virginia edged South Florida on Thursday to get into a three-way tie for the Big East championship. The tiebreaker comes down to the three teams' BCS rankings, which should favor the Mountaineers.
West Virginia is currently tied with Cincinnati and Louisville, but West Virginia was the only one of the three who was ranked in the latest BCS Standings. That'll probably happen again when the final ones come out on Sunday night.
Game date, time: 8 p.m. ET, Jan. 4
Location: Miami, Florida
TV channel: ESPN
2010 winner and loser: Stanford, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech's ACC Championship Game loss to Clemson may help propel Oklahoma State pass Alabama in the BCS Rankings.
The Clemson Tigers (10-3) righted the ship Saturday night in Charlotte, defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies (11-2) for the second time this season, in the process claiming their first ACC title in 20 years.
Clemson's 38-10 victory secured their first Orange Bowl birth since 1981, the only year the Tigers have won the national championship. Sophomore quarterback Tahj Boyd snapped out of his season-ending slump, completing 20 of 29 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Boyd also rushed for 34 yards and a score, earning game most valuable player honors in the process.
Clemson broke the game open in the third quarter, scoring three touchdowns in just over four minutes to break a 10-10 halftime score. Freshman Sammy Watkins set the single-season receiving record in the game, totaling 1,153 yards on the year, topping Rod Gardner's 1999 season.
The ACC Championship will take place this Saturday, featuring the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Clemson Tigers with a spot in a BCS Bowl game on the line.
These two teams faced off earlier this year, but it was at very different points in their season. Clemson was right in the middle of their eight game winning streak and was playing about as well as any team in the Country. Virginia Tech had yet to reach their stride. Heading into this game Clemson has lost three of their last four games while Virginia Tech hasn't lost a game since that contest in October (or before it for that matter). Here is a look at where you can find the game.
Teams: Clemson Tigers Vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte NC
Time: 8:00 pm ET
TV Information: ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN3D
Announcers: Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit
Season Matchup: Clemson won 23-3 on Oct. 1.
And here is a look at the odds from the SB Nation odds page powered by OddsShark.
There's little question who the favorite is in this year's ACC Conference Championship Game. Virginia Tech enters the game having won seven consecutive games since losing to Clemson in early October. The Tigers meanwhile are coming off a disappointing performance against South Carolina last week, and a head-scratching defeat at the hands of North Carolina State two weekends ago.
When the Hokies rematch the Tigers this . Virginia Tech has enjoyed great quarterback play from Logan Thomas down the stretch. The sophomore has 23 touchdowns (14 passing and nine rushing) and just two interceptions during the team's winning streak. He'll need to play much better than he did against the Tigers in their October 1st matchup when he completed just 15-of-27 passes for 125 yards and 1 INT.
The good news for Hokies fans is that head coach Frank Beamer is no stranger to the ACC title game, and he has am excellent track record of winning the rematch over an opponent who won the regular season meeting. In fact, Beamer has never lost in such situations. He's 3-0. Last season, the Hokies knocked off Florida State 44-33 in the title game; in 2008, VA Tech knocked off Boston College easily; and the year before in 2007, Beamer's bunch also dashed BC's BCS aspirations with a 30-16 win in the rematch.
Clemson will try to put their recent slump behind them and achieve some very big goals for the year with a win on Saturday. One more victory gives the Tigers 10 wins for the first time since 1990, and beating VA Tech would send the school to its first bowl game in the current BCS rotation since its national championship team that beat Nebraska in the 1981 Orange Bowl.
Two teams moving in opposite directions will face off for the ACC Championship next Saturday evening at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC when the Virginia Tech Hokies (11-1, 7-1 ACC) take on the Clemson Tigers (9-3, 6-2 ACC).