Mike London's team moved up a spot in the bowl pecking order to the Chick Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, and the Hoos hope to make the most of their opportunity against Auburn.
2011 has been a season of change for UVa and that will culminate on New Year's Eve as the program makes its first bowl appearance in four seasons -- a date with reigning national champion Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
While the announcement came out Sunday night, the excitement hadn't wore off a day later.
"As soon as I found out it was Auburn I checked out the receiving stats," said Virginia cornerback Chase Minnifield. "Who caught the most balls, how many yards per catch. And then I YouTubed some videos, see what he looked like."
"Me and my roommates got together, huddled around the TV. And just was watching it and we celebrated, we was excited," said wide receiver Kris Burd.
Cavaliers coach Mike London said "With us having a chance to beat Georgia Tech and beating Florida State at their place, if you're going to talk about rewarding the players -- and if Virginia Tech already gone and Clemson was going to the Orange Bowl -- well then the next best team, and rightfully so, should have been us."
Virginia makes its fourth appearance in this game, formerly the Peach Bowl, and faces Auburn for just the third time in these teams' history. The pair split games in 1997 and '98.