It's a busy Sunday here in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech's football team finds out where it will be bowling this winter, and its basketball team hosts Georgia in a difficult non-conference test. Here are your links.
First, football. The Hokies played three teams this season that ended up winning conference championships: Alabama of the Southeastern Conference, Georgia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference and East Carolina of Conference USA. And they beat a Nebraska team that lost a heartbreaker to Texas on Saturday in the Big 12 title game. So the Hokies deserve some credit for that.
The wild day of college football provided some answers but also raised some questions. Later on, I'll try to provide a little context for where Saturday's games left Virginia Tech in the bowl picture. The short answer is that the Hokies still seem on track for the Chick-fil-A Bowl berth that appeared likely at the conclusion of the regular season. Stewart Mandel of SI.com offers his updated bowl projections after conference-championship weekend. By the end of the day, we'll know where the Hokies will complete their 2009 season.
Now, basketball. The Hokies have three games this week: Georgia, Virginia Military Institute, Penn State. They start things off Sunday against the Bulldogs. It will be a return to Blacksburg for former Virginia Tech assistant coach Stacey Palmore, who is now at Georgia. But the meetings against the Bulldogs and Nittany Lions should be particularly key as Virginia Tech tries to stockpile quality non-conference wins before the always-grueling ACC schedule.
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