Virginia Tech needed wins over rival Virginia and last-minute Marshall to secure its 26th straight bowl appearance. The reward for the Hokies is a Military Bowl matchup against Cincinnati on December 31.
🚨IT'S OFFICIAL🚨@VT_Football & @GoBearcatsFB will kickoff the New Year at the 2018 #MilitaryBowl presented by @northropgrumman benefiting @USOMetroDC‼️📰 https://t.co/UH0ndbxeRX🎟https://t.co/kNRMX50Y7n pic.twitter.com/0x6o0ORakn— Military Bowl (@MilitaryBowl) December 2, 2018
Last time the Hokies missed a bowl was 1992. Same year as:➖The "Dream Team" led by Michael Jordan, Larry Bird & Magic Johnson played in the Olympics.➖Faxing was the predominant method of electronic communications.➖Sharkey's & El Rod's opened in Blacksburg.#GoHokies pic.twitter.com/6nKMS6kV4w— Mark Diethorn (@MarkDHokies) December 2, 2018
For those with short memories, it's a rematch of the 2014 Military Bowl which the Hokies won 33-17. It's the 12th meeting all-time between Virginia Tech and Cincinnati. The Hokies hold a 6-5 advantage.
Even after a 10-win campaign, Cincinnati (10-2) finished outside the top-25 in major polls. The Bearcats rank No. 32 in S&P. The Hokies rank No. 69.