Where It’s Always New Year’s Eve: New Orleans

January 3, 2012 by staff 

Where It's Always New Year's Eve: New OrleansWhere It’s Always New Year’s Eve: New Orleans, New Orleans – Virginia Tech faces Michigan Tuesday night in the Sugar Bowl. And even after a New Year’s Eve night in New Orleans, no additional Virginia Tech players have been sent home.

A Big Ten team has been on Tech’s schedule…ONCE in its entire history.

Virginia Tech has faced teams from the Big East, SEC and Pac-12 in recent years but the last time the Hokies played a team from the Big Ten was in 1993 against Indiana in the Independence Bowl.

Shane Beamer, VIRGINIA TECH RUNNING BACKS COACH, said “You see on television. You watch a lot of them. They always seem like they’re that 12 noon game on ESPN on Saturdays that you watch laying around the hotel when you’re getting ready for your game.”

Players say it’s exciting to play teams from that conference but also a team as tradition rich as Michigan, the winningest program in college football history.

Danny Coale, VIRGINIA TECH SR. WIDE RECEIVER/PUNTER, said “Yeah I love it. It’s pretty awesome. I think it’s one of those matchups where really just why the bowl system is so unique. When would we ever play Michigan? And to go against a program that’s had success that we want at Virginia Tech, to play in those national championship games and do things like that, it’s huge.”

Chris Drager, VIRGINIA TECH SR. TIGHT END, said “I’m from Pittsburgh and Penn State’s in our area so we watched a lot of Big Ten football when I was growing up. Michigan was always on, Ohio State, Penn State. So I’m pretty excited to play a Big Ten school, especially since Virginia Tech hasn’t played them in so long.”

The Hokies will continue to play Big Ten teams in the coming years. They’ll face Ohio State in 2014 and 15 and Wisconsin in 2016 and 17.

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