I haven't had a chance to write full a reaction to our win over Miami - mainly due to a busy work week, but partly because I'm working on a post on the upcoming BCS standings for TKP's readers on Sunday.
So, I'd like to at least follow-up last week's win over Miami by putting some of my thoughts down to paper.
- The win against Miami was, by far, one of the most entertaining games I've ever watched. Yes, the comeback against Nebraska in 2009 was the best finish, but other than our defense getting shredded in the second half, I enjoyed the Miami game from start to finish. The Nebraska game sucked until the comeback.
- As has been discussed ad nauseum, the final minute last Saturday was as raucous as I've seen Lane. It was wonderful to see that kind energy at home again. The fans stepped it up at the end when the defense needed them most. Bravo fellow Hokies!
- Blacksburg is still one of the cheapest places to drink. A buddy & I did a pub crawl, and we grabbed a beer at 7 bars in Blacksburg (PK's, Hokie House, Sharkey's, Rivermill, Champs, Poor Billy's, and Underground). We spent maybe $50 including tips between the two of us. Such an undertaking in Hoo'ville would've cost nearly twice that.
- Many of the aforementioned bars have barely changed in the last 10 or so years since I started frequenting them. +1 for Blacksburg nostalgia. To any current students, I'd like to offer some advice: never graduate. Seriously, Blacksburg is one special place, so you should enjoy every damn minute you get to spend in it. Before you know it, you'll be a 30-something alum wandering down Main Street after a home game wishing you never left that town.
- That pizza joint on Draper near the skeezy motel is clearly the drunk food joint in town. I hit that place last Friday after the bars closed, and the mob of college kids trying to get pizza closely resembled what I'd imagine to be a UN food drop in a starving, war-torn 3rd world nation.
- I hereby dub the Big East the Vomit Conference. They're now talking about inviting Boise State, Air Force, and Navy as football-only schools, and Central Florida as an all-sports school. So they're going to have football-only schools, all-sports schools, basketball-centric schools, and everything but football schools (Notre Dame). I don't know about you, but when I put that many things in my belly that disagree with each other, more often than not I regurgitate them. Do none of the members realize it's in everyone's best interests to split off the football schools from the basketball schools?
- By the time this post is actually published, I'm sure the Big East will be looking at other schools because half of the teams I mentioned above will have turned them down.
- Virginia Tech has won 4 straight against Wake Forest, with our last loss to the coming in 1983.
- Impressive, but mostly meaningless stat from the media guide: Since joining the league in 2004, Virginia Tech is a perfect 11-0 in ACC games played in the state of North Carolina (2-0 at Wake Forest; 2-0 at NC State; 3-0 at Duke; 4-0 at UNC). The Hokies are 12-0 if you count the 2010 ACC title game win over Florida State in Charlotte.
- Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe (a UVA alum) is winless in 3 games versus Frank Beamer.
- A win versus the Demon Deacons will guarantee a 19th straight bowl game for the Hokies.
- I think the Wake Forest game is just as much as a statement game as Miami was. Our win against Miami showed how our team can respond after a poor performance. Our play versus the Demon Deacons will tell us how they respond versus an opponent that, to be honest, isn't all that exciting after a big win versus a heated rival.
- I think the Wake game has upset written all over it. Wake is not a team to sleep on at this point, and we're seriously banged up on defense. What happens if Logan Thomas (who looked phenomenal versus Miami) takes a step back? It could be a long night.
- That said, I think we get it done. Tech has been pretty money on the road since joining the ACC.
- I like Georgia Tech (-8.5) over Virginia big time.
- TKP's blog post editor needs a spell check.
I hope to see many of my fellow Hokies in Winston-Salem. I had a blast down there in 2006, and I plan to tie one on at a local bar before the game.