The Michigan Wolverines and Virginia Tech Hokies are set to face off in the 2012 Sugar Bowl on Tuesday evening. It will mark the first time the two teams have ever met when the 8:30 p.m. (ET) kickoff rolls around on ESPN.
The Wolverines' last visit to the Sugar Bowl was 9-7 loss in New Orleans to the Auburn Tigers in 1984, but obviously plenty of things have changed over the past couple of decades. The Wolverines will enter the game as a slight favorite as Denard Robinson leads the offense onto the field. The defense, which has been better than expected, will be counted on to keep Robinson's contributions from being all for naught.
The Hokies finished the season ranked 11th in the BCS standings, despite losing in the ACC Championship, and are expected to be a tough opponent for the Wolverines to solve. Michigan's offensive coordinator Al Borges has a little bit of insight into his team's opponent, however, and apparently has been watching quite a bit of film to figure out how to beat the Hokies.
This year's game marks the first time an SEC team has not appeared in the Sugar Bowl since the 2000 BCS Championship between the Hokies and Florida State Seminoles, for what it's worth.
For more on the Wolverines, be sure to head over to the SB Nation blog Maize 'N Brew. Check out Gobbler Country for everything Hokies. Head over to the official site of the Allstate Sugar Bowl for more info on this year's game.