The Russell Athletic Bowl will go underway this Thursday December 28th in a matchup between Big East and the ACC as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights face the Virginia Tech Hokies at 5:30 PM ET.
This is the first time these two teams will play the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Keep in mind Virginia Tech Hookies Frank Beamer 8-11 in bowl games losing the last two in a row and four of the last six. He will dedicate the win over the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
“It’s just one of those things that we’ve been through what those people up in Sandy Hook are going through,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said Monday, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “We prevailed in Blacksburg. I think if anything, it brought us closer and more determined, and the same thing is going to happen there. The way the community is coming together. It’s a terrible thing to happen”.
“We’ve got to prevail,” Beamer said. “We can’t let one person define Blacksburg or Virginia Tech, and we can’t let (one) person define (Newtown).”
Virginia Tech ended the season with 6-6 record but still knowing that they are 2.5 favorites for this game.
Rutgers think they can increase their potential and their level in the game. They need respect as 9-3 team in the Big East.
“I thought the players did a good job of focusing,” Flood said following another day of preparation at Dr. Phillips High School for Friday’s Russell Athletic Bowl on Friday against Virginia Tech. “I think when we got here they were able to flip the switch into work mode, and I think that’s extremely important to be able to do that during bowl week.
“And now, after today, I think every day from here on out you’ll see the intensity level will increase a little bit as we get closer to Friday. It starts to feel a little bit more like a game week, and I think the players have done a good job so far. They’ve been on point, and I think that’s where we’ll be going from today.”
Take the team in the best conference; take the VT Hokies.