Sunday, December 4, 2011
Michigan to meet Virginia Tech in Sugar
By Brian Bennett
It's official: Michigan is back in a BCS game for the first time since the 2007 Rose Bowl, and it will face Virginia Tech in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The 10-2 Wolverines finished No. 13 in the final BCS standings, qualifying for an at-large bid. That was really the only question, because an eligible Michigan team is always going to be an attractive option for the big bowls, especially when Maize and Blue fans are hungry for a return to an elite stage.
The big surprise was Virginia Tech, which looked dead in the water for the BCS after getting blown out -- for a second time -- by Clemson in the ACC title game. Somehow, the Hokies got the first-ever ACC at-large bid instead of other qualified teams like Boise State, Kansas State and Baylor.
Virginia Tech, as usual, has one of the nation's top defenses and a star running back in David Wilson. This is the Hokies' fifth BCS game since 2005, but the team has struggled to win those games.
It will be the first-ever meeting between the Wolverines and Virginia Tech.
Michigan fans probably don't care who the opponent is right now. They're celebrating a BCS game -- while Michigan State fans are fuming that the rival they beat and finished ahead of in the Legends Division standings is going to a better bowl.