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Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 11/29/2010

Poll: Virginia Tech's potential Orange Bowl opponent

By Mark Giannotto

At this point, where Virginia Tech goes bowling is entirely dependent on this weekend's ACC Championship game. If the Hokies win, they're going to the Orange Bowl. From all indications I've gotten, whatever team loses this Saturday in the conference's title game will likely be headed to Atlanta for the Chick Fil A Bowl.

As for who the potential ACC champion would face in the Orange Bowl, that remains unsettled. On Monday,'s Stewart Mandel projected the Hokies would face rival West Virginia in the Orange Bowl if it were to win the Big East, but emphasized on twitter that if it were Connecticut that ended up as Big East champion, the Orange Bowl would go another direction. Pittsburgh also has an outside shot at the Big East title.

ESPN's Mark Schlabach also has the Hokies facing West Virginia in a potential Orange Bowl matchup, while his colleague Andrea Adelson slotted an at-large Stanford to play Virginia Tech. CBS Sports, meanwhile, has Virginia Tech facing Connecticut in the Orange Bowl.

The BCS bowl picture is quite muddled this year, and depends on this weekend's SEC Championship game involving No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon's rivalry game with Oregon State. If they both win, No. 3 TCU would be headed to the Rose Bowl to face Big Ten champion Wisconsin because the Rose Bowl is obligated to take a non-automatic qualifier this year if it loses either the Pac-10 or Big Ten champion to the national championship game.

The Sugar Bowl would then take Arkansas for geographic reasons, and probably Ohio State because the Buckeyes travel well, as its two at-large teams. That would leave the Orange Bowl to decide whether it wants the Big East champion or at-large Stanford to face the ACC champion. This is where analysts differ, since the Cardinal's fan base is not known to travel cross country all that well.

Now if either Auburn or Oregon loses this weekend, it could really shake things up. If Auburn loses, the Tigers could even be headed to the Orange Bowl. And don't get me started if both Auburn and Oregon lose this weekend. That would be a real mess, because based on the BCS standings, it could catapult non-AQ TCU into the top spot and Stanford -- a team that didn't win its conference -- into the national championship game.

But I'm curious who you would like to see Virginia Tech face if it were to make it to the Orange Bowl. Would it be worth it to travel all the way to Miami to see the Hokies face the Big East champion? Or would you rather Virginia Tech meet an at-large team like Stanford?

By Mark Giannotto  | November 29, 2010; 11:58 AM ET
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I cannot find enough wood to knock on after reading this...come on Hokies- one game at a time! Beat FSU, the rest will take care of itself.

Posted by: MyOpinionIs | November 29, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I agree with MyOpinionIs.

Virginia Tech has a tough team to beat in Florida State in order for this conversation to take place.

Virginia Tech needs to put all its focus on the Seminoles, and the Orange Bowl will take care of itself.

Posted by: Benson | November 29, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Who do you want VT to play??? Nobody, go back to Blacksburg.

Posted by: skinsnatscapsterps | November 29, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

If the Hokies were to beat FSU this weekend, I would like to see them play Ohio State (I know this match-up won't happen). I'm tired of hearing about how good OSU is when they haven't even beaten a ranked team, but some how are ranked 6. Plus Tyrod (one of the most underrated QBs) vs Pryor (the most overrated QB) would be an interesting match-up.

Posted by: Vt2gtown | November 30, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I would really like to see Virginia Tech play a top five team in the Orange Bowl. Tech has several 10 win seasons but has never beaten a top 5 team. Stanford or Wisconsin would be a great test for the Hokies; I doubt they will get much respect until they beat a good team. FSU hardly fits the bill, especially without their starting QB in the game.

Posted by: Gomer7 | December 5, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

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