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The bowl was already under some fire for choosing Michigan and especially Virginia Tech as its too representatives this year. The Hokies are No. 11 in the BCS standings, did not beat a current BCS top-25 team all season, and lost their last game by four touchdowns.
Michigan is No. 13 in the BCS standings, but is considered to have one of the largest and best-traveling fan bases in the country. So in a year in which the Sugar Bowl lost its SEC representatives to the BCS National Championship Game, the Wolverines were a no-brainer selection.
And the only way pundits explained the bowl organizers taking Virginia Tech over more qualified candidates like Kansas State (No. 8), Boise State (No. 7) and Baylor (No. 12) was to put butts in seats. So much for that idea.
It had to be the only reason. After all the ACC is 1-11 in BCS games, and the Hokies are 1-4 themselves. That includes a blowout lost to Stanford in last year's Orange Bowl. And now we have TWO ACC teams in BCS bowl games this year. Whoop-di-doo.
Insult to injury for the organizers are the empty seats. Kudos to the school, however, for trying to make the most out of a bad situation and trying to provide tickets for charitable purposes.