KEY MATCH UP VS ODU- Oshane Ximines.

ODU has really struggled out of the gate. However, I think that the Monarchs have this game identified as their Super Bowl and I expect them to deliver their best effort.

Still, ODU is outgunned on paper, and in the little bit of video I have been able to watch, the Monarchs are going to struggle at the linebacker and defensive back position on defense. The one area where they will turn to try and stop the Hokies offense will be using an active, stunting front to confuse the young Hokies offensive line.

From a match up perspective, I will be focusing on the young left tackles for Virginia Tech (Silas Dzansi and Christian Darrisaw) against ODU defensive end Oshane Ximines. Ximines is a similar player to Florida State's Brent Burns. He excels with time and space to gain leverage advantages against blockers. Old Dominion will align Ximines wide and stunt him frequently in an effort to confuse the blocking scheme and draw beneficial match ups.

Ximines gave Yosh Nijman a difficult time in pass protection last year as well.

As I noted in the William & Mary and Left Tackle comparison film reviews, Dzansi and Darrisaw both have areas for improvement which Ximines can exploit. Dzansi is the longer, more athletic tackle of the pair and will be starting on Saturday according to the depth chart released by Virginia Tech on Monday. However, Dzansi tends to give ground on his pass protection bucket steps. This allows a player like Ximines more space to use his quickness and create angles for leverage. Dzansi also is inconsistent with his hand placement and pop, which allows Ximines to more easily exploit those angles.

Darrisaw is more aggressive and takes away that space more effectively, However, ODU will sometimes align Ximines wide as a 9 technique (outside shoulder of a real or imagined tight end) and Ximines has good burst off the snap. Darrisaw may have some trouble getting to an angle where he can cut off that wide rush, and his lack of wingspan puts him at a bit of a disadvantage. The good news is that, if ODU adopts this alignment, it will create a big window to run counter treys and kick out Ximines. The Hokies had success kicking out ODU's other DEs on counter trey concepts last season.

If ODU can't control the line of scrimmage on defense, I think Saturday will be a terrific opportunity for the Hokies to get a big win in an important recruiting market and get to play a bunch of young players in the process. However, as we have seen many times, terrific defensive line productivity mitigates many ills. This will be a great learning laboratory for the young Hokies defensive line before ACC play kicks off.

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Were we ranked #13 for this game last year too?

Fugazy

That guy's a beast, but I think they're up for the challenge. Will be a good test before facing some of Duke's pass rushers.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Duke's linebackers are the guys that scare me. Giles-Harris and Humphrey's are in contention in the discussion for best linebacker pair in the country.

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Ya, those two are freaks. We're going to have to be really sound across the line.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Do they have players?

Yes. Oshane Ximines. That is all.

Edit: this was a foerensics reference. It's a great name.

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Arguably, Lala Davis is also a player on their roster. Some would say top 2-3 on their team. Not to be terribly mean, but his best offer was a 'preferred walk-on' spot with Tech.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

They have more ACC caliber players than UVA.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Don't let that distract you from the fact that UVA lost to the overall #16 seed UMBC.

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ODU has more ACC caliber players than UVA had fans at their spring game.

If the WR group doesn't have a big day, I am going to be disappointed.

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Seriously #ALLTHESLANTS #ALLTHECURLS

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Agreed, watched their past 2 games. Their DBs couldn't stick to glue.

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#ALLTHEFADES

Seriously, the ODU secondary is not good.

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I got you, fam

Another insightful analysis from French. Thank you.

French, which combo to you like better:
A. Plantin (LG) and Chung (C)
B. Chung (LG) and Hoyt (C)

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Take out the snapping, I would say Plantin-Hoyt.

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Great analysis! One correction: FSU's DE is Brian Burns, not Brent Burns.

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Brent = Brian = Bruce. Sorry, for some reason B names get my gerd.

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And all three are pronounced Kevin.

Heck, everyone knows any notable pass rusher should be named BRUCE!

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Thanks French, love all the insights!!

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So that's actually a name, and not some code or anagram for X's and O's.

I thought the same extact thing...

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

Oshane Ximines anagrams to X-Os Shame Nine (because they only have 2 good players; the extra 'I' is reserved for WIN)

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I have errored

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

Thanks, French. I will Ximine this match up as well.

Interested to see the young OL group as a whole continue progress.

Hey guys. Just here to remind you of better times. When we thought a post like this was just for show.

Actual key matchups ended up being ODU's WR's against VT's outgunned corners.

Corners struggled, and the argument I have seen online (we left our corners on islands and shouldn't have) really doesn't hold water. Corners and interior guys didn't hold up in man. But, when VT was in leverage quarters, the safeties were late or out of position. When they inverted cover 2, the safeties and linebackers had angles for interceptions and were late.

Most troubling was ODU exerting their physical will over the Hokies defense in the second half. I can't wrap my head around it. I don't know if a single defensive player had a good performance outside of Hill.

Offensively, offensive line played poorly (and it wasn't just Dzansi.) Jackson played poorly and I didn't think Willis was much better (example- the TD to Cunningham was so late that it almost let ODU get back into it.) Hazelton dropped the ball. Grimsley had drops. Kumah's route running was atrocious. Play calling abandoned the screen game. Why, especially when the the OL is struggling to protect, not screen some especially on first down.

Once ODU put the extra man in the box, VT had no adjustment other than the QB split read. That was troubling.

I just don't know how to digest this. I feel like garbage. This is going to be a tough pill to swallow.

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I said the same thing about the screens in the game thread after watching both of their DEs just sprinting by our tackles to meet Jackson at the end of his drop.

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French. Methinks we could have used a little divine devil in the back end. What say you?

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It couldn't have hurt.

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If the WR group doesn't have a big day, I am going to be disappointed.

Is French still alive?

Is it football season yet?

I am beyond jet lagged, feeling like garbage, and this didn't help.

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