Peach Bowl preview. You will quite confused by all of the cows telling you to eat chikin during this game. I have been known to enjoy Chik-fil-A's food but this bowl is still the Peach Bowl to me.
Virginia Tech (9-3) v. Tennessee (7-5)
This bowl game features your annual disappointment teams of the ACC and SEC. Both of these teams were supposed to have done more but didn't and are therefore in Atlanta, the ATL, Hot-lanta, Atlanta, Georgia, as an Ecuadorian friend calls it.
Va Tech started their season off in the Georgia Dome and got beat by Alabama 34-24. The Hokies were #7 going into that game and the Crimson Tide were #5. Now Bama is in the National Championship game and Va Tech is ranked 11th and didn't even play for the ACC Championship. So what happened? The Hokie let down began during the Bama game with an 18 point 4th quarter meltdown to allow the Tide to win the game. Va Tech also couldn't move the ball. They finished the game with 155 total yards. The Hokies then won 5 in a row including a 31-7 embarrassment of Miami and a squeaker win over Nebraska. Va Tech then lost in Atlanta to Georgia Tech and at home to UNC. The four game win streak to end the season put them in the Peach Bowl. The Hokies will depend on Tyrod Taylor to manage the game and hand the ball off to Ryan Williams who has gained 1538 yards on the ground. As usual, the Hokie defense is in the top 15 in the country.
Tennessee has garnered most of its attention this season for what its players and head Coach Lane Kiffin have been doing off the field. Just Google "Tennessee Players Arrested", "Lane Kiffin Talk", or "Tennessee recruiting," and see what turns up. In other words, Kiffin has a big mouth, doesn't know NCAA rules and his players are undisciplined. Add those things together and you get losses to UCLA, Florida, Alabama, and Auburn by a combined 20 points. I'm not exactly sure how to describe the devastating loss to Ole Miss besides saying that the Volunteers got McCluster'd. Despite that game, Monte Kiffin's defense is ranked 18th in the country. That is a big drop off from John Chavis' 3rd ranked defense in 2008. Chavis is at LSU now (he will NOT be going to Georgia, don't make Les Miles have another 'have a great day' press conference). The reason why the Vols are in a bowl game this year is that they have a little bit of offense now with Jonathan Crompton passing the ball and Montario Hardesty running the ball. Tennessee doesn't have a signature win this year. I like the Vols in this game because I don't trust the ACC in bowl games and I think Tennessee's pass defense and especially Safety and Thorpe Award winner Eric Berry are going to give Tyrod Taylor problems in the throwing game and make the Hokies one dimensional. Lincoln is taking the Hokies.