Virginia Tech will not seek a bowl invitation, ending streak at 27 straight appearances

Normally, a 5-6 season wouldn’t be bowl eligible

The Virginia Tech Hokies take the field against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on November 21, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) (Justin K. Aller, 2020 Getty Images)

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The 2020 Virginia Tech football season is officially over.

Head coach Justin Fuente said his team decided to opt-out of a bowl game this season.

“Our players have decided to not play and I’m going to support them 100%. I think it speaks to the difficulty of the season that they’ve been through,” Fuente said.

Normally, a 5-6 season would not even be considered bowl-eligible; however, with COVID-19 changes, the traditional six-win requirement has been waived.

[Justin Fuente will remain Hokies head coach in 2021]

While Fuente said some did want to play, in order to accept a possible invitation, his whole team would have to be on board.

“There were players that wanted to play and were passionate about that. We were going to do this all together or not. This is ultimately about our kids and I think they’ve sacrificed enough,” he added.

With the Hokies not appearing in a bowl game, that snaps the longest active bowl streak in the nation at 27 straight bowl appearances.