This time last year, Brady Hoke was preparing the San Diego State Aztecs to play Navy in the San Diego County Credit Union Pointsettia Bowl. This year, he'll be coaching the Michigan Wolverines in the AllState Sugar Bowl when they take on the Virginia Tech Hokies on Jan. 3, 2012.
What a difference a year makes.
Of course, for the Hokies there is nothing out of the ordinary about landing in a BCS bowl. Despite being routed by Clemson in the ACC Championship Game, Virginia Tech earned a Sugar Bowl berth with its stout defense. That unit will surely be tested -- perhaps unlike it was all season in a lackluster ACC -- against dynamic UM quarterback Denard Robinson. If the athletic playmaker can showcase his diverse skill set then doubters will stop asking why Hoke's Wolverines landed this BCS spot ahead of the Michigan State Spartans who reached the Big Ten title game.
Which team do you think will win the Sugar Bowl?