FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Unlike Stanford, which has never been to the Discover Orange Bowl, Virginia Tech has its routine here in South Florida. The staff knows where everything is, the layout of the land, and it's figured out the best schedule that works for the Hokies. This is the program's third trip to the Orange Bowl in four years, having also gone following the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
This one, though, carries the most meaning because of how Virginia Tech began the season.
The players and coaches will tell you that every appearance in a BCS bowl is special, but this week they've also conceded that this one is a little more so because of their 0-2 start.
“First, winning the [Atlantic Coast Conference] championship game to get here, that does a lot for the fan base, for the recruiting," said senior cornerback Rashad Carmichael. "Being able to go out and perform and hopefully win the Discover Orange Bowl, it gives everyone a chance to see us. It is a great opportunity to show what we are made of -- especially for us where we started off 0-2 and to come back to win 11 straight -- we deserve a top game that everybody is going to watch. The Discover Orange Bowl is definitely that. This is my third one and I remember my first two like it was yesterday. Everything I did in my first two Orange Bowls, I tried to come back and do the exact same thing because it is a great experience.”