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2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl Game Thread: Virginia vs. Auburn

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What: Virginia Cavaliers (8-4, 5-3 ACC) vs. Auburn Tigers (7-5, 4-4 SEC)

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Date: December 31, 2011
Place: Georgia Dome
TV: ESPN / ESPN 3D
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network

Spread: Auburn -3
Last Meeting: 1998; Virginia 19, Auburn 0
Last Time Out: Auburn 14, Alabama 42
Series:Tied, 1-1

Game day is finally upon us as the Virginia Cavaliers take on the Auburn Tigers in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl here in Atlanta, a town now buzzing with orange and blue at every turn.

The Tigers might just be 4-4 in the SEC, but they're still the Tigers out of the SEC. Built into that is the size, speed and athleticism that comes with any SEC team. But don't write the Cavaliers off just yet, because a little shakeup on the Auburn sidelines could keep give the Hoos just the edge they need to get work done today.

Auburn's leading rusher Michael Dyer was suspended indefinitely earlier this month and will not be in today's game. He's the second leading rusher in the SEC and No. 22 in the country. Only a sophomore, he's racked up 1,242 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns, earning him first team All-SEC.

Add to this that Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn will be bolting right after this game to take on the head coaching position over at Arkansas State. And top it off, Defensive Coordinator Ted Roof is leaving for the same position at Central Florida, and head coach Gene Chizik will be doing double duty today as both head coach and DC.

The Virginia football team has had a pretty remarkable season. For the seniors on the team, this is the first time they've been bowling since they were freshmen, at the 2008 Gator Bowl. Playing in this bowl is the perfect way to reward these guys for a season of hard work and can-do attitude behind Coach London's leadership.

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Leave your pre-, in-, and post-game thoughts here, and as always, Go HOOS! Have a great time out there tonight, everybody, and happy new year!