Virginia could be headed back to the site of its most recent bowl triumph.
As bowl games worked the phones and plotted their selections on Monday, a potential Music City Bowl invitation seemed to be in the works for Mike London and the Cavaliers.
The Wahoos played in the game in 2005, defeating Minnesota 34-31 with Marques Hagans at quarterback. Hagans is now a U.Va. graduate assistant.
First, the road had to clear for Virginia. The Sun Bowl was up first, telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it would likely take Georgia Tech with its pick.
In Charlotte, the Belk Bowl proclaimed itself "very, very high" on N.C. State, which became bowl eligible after a thrilling second-half comeback Saturday against Maryland.
Next is the Music City Bowl, which would be left with Virginia or Wake Forest. Bowl president Scott Ramsey said Monday that the Nashville group had "a great experience" with the Cavs in 2005, and would love to host them again.
"I'd say we would have a lot of interest in Virginia if they were available," he said. "Right now, we're in a little bit more of a receiving position than a dictating one — just trying to figure out who's taking who ahead of us."
Official announcements won't come until Sunday evening, after the final BCS selections are made.
If Clemson wins the ACC title game, Virginia Tech could still snare a BCS bid as an at-large team, which would complicate things down the line. Otherwise, the Hokies-Tigers loser would head to the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.
Ramsey said part of the goal of the Music City Bowl is to draw people into downtown Nashville, which he believes the Wahoos would do. Participating teams stay at the Opryland hotel, and participate in several functions in the city.
The event matches an ACC team against an SEC opponent.
"Virginia had a great year, and exceeded lots of expectations," Ramsey said. "Those factors are a real positive for our game, anytime we can catch a team on the upswing."