It’s been a very good season for Virginia Tech, who is in the first year of the post-Frank Beamer era. The Razorbacks’ bowl opponent was even within striking distance of Clemson in the ACC Championship game. Since then they have had some distraction with their involvement in WakeyLeaks. The athletic department had to release a statement distancing themselves from the former assistant coach involved, and have also been hit with a $25,000 fine from the ACC along with Louisville.
It’s the Christmas season so ESPN put what each SEC team should have on their wish list. Not surprisingly Arkansas’ wish is an improved run defense. There’s no telling if Santa will be able to deliver that before the Belk Bowl or not.
We’ve also talked about how the Hogs, and the SEC as a whole will be facing quality quarterbacks in this bowl season. Saturday Down South ranked the quarterbacks the conference will face, and Jerod Evans comes in at fourth. The three in front of him all finished in the top-6 in Heisman voting, so it’s safe to say that Evans is among good company and the Razorback defense will have their hands full.
After beating Texas in Houston, Mike Anderson’s squad has a couple more non-conference tune-ups before facing off against Florida. Next up is North Dakota State, who is a pretty solid mid major from the Summit League, the same conference that previous opponent Fort Wayne was picked to win. The team has said all the right things about remaining focused and not having a let down after the Texas win.
As the NFL season winds down two former Hogs are really emerging and having a special season. First Hunter Henry, who is among the top rookies in the league outside of the two in Dallas. Next is Trey Flowers who had his third multi-sack game of the season last weekend. Now he is really getting some attention from the New England media.