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Virginia Tech has made a bowl game for 27 consecutive years, the longest streak in the country and one of those points of pride for the program that has probably become bigger and more important than it should be. 

But here’s a potential conundrum the 4-4 Hokies may have to face in a few weeks: If they fail to secure a winning record, do they accept a bowl bid anyway knowing that they didn’t play well enough to deserve it under regular circumstances? 

That scenario could come to fruition this year, as the NCAA has dropped the requirement for teams to be .500 in order to play in a postseason game due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If Virginia Tech finishes 5-6 — which is within the realm of possibility given its remaining opponents are Pitt, Clemson and Virginia — you have