Georgia Tech Roll Call

What a thrilling win to watch. This is an awesome group to watch when its clicking.

There were a lot of huge efforts on Thursday night, and I try to mention them all below.

1. Antone Exum - He got away with one on a third down crossing route. I thought Bud had him lined up a little close to the line of scrimmage much of the night, which made it difficult for him to get outside when needed. Overall, OK night.

2. Josh Oglesby - He was impressive on the first touchdown drive and the TD drive where Tech took the lead. He's a tough runner, but I'm not sure we should be pitching him (or Wilson) the ball on first and goal from the two. But I like them, or Logan up the middle.

3. Logan Thomas - He already has that Tyrod Taylor confidence about him. Like Tyrod, he doesn't really show stress in adverse situations. I'm just really impressed: The throw to Coale was a laser right on the money. The second pass to Coale was beautiful. Even the throw that Drager dropped was sick. And we're seeing what we were all waiting for on these 3rd-and-shorts...Really glad he's on our team - I would hate to play against him. I'd probably punch him in the head.

They've Formed like Voltron

VTBox is doing the Lord's work.

Blake DeChristopher has "graded out" 90% or better in 9 out of 10 games this season (88% Arkansas State), Jaymes Brooks has 40 knockdowns on the year. Those metrics are utterly subjective, vaguely defined and couldn't be any less helpful when trying to convey the success the Hokies' offense is having in 2011. These are more concrete and well understood. David Wilson leads the nation with 1,360 rushing yards. Logan Thomas has thrown for almost 20 more yards per game in his first year as starter than Tyrod did his senior year, and has only been sacked ten times. Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale will finish their careers as Tech's receiving yards and receptions leaders.

Like most of you, when I'm watching a game live I'm watching the ball, I don't pick a particular player or group to key on before the snap. Where the ball goes, my eyes follow. I notice David Wilson flying down the sideline, not the blocks that setup the run. I focus on Logan scanning the field looking for the open man, then marvel over the one-handed, toe tapping sideline catch that follows. I overlook the backside blitz pickup that afforded LT3 the extra couple of seconds to stand in the pocket and deliver the throw.

The offensive line is under appreciated when the scoreboard is getting lit up. They're overly criticized when the team's struggling.

Preseason NIT Basketball Preview

After a successful season opener against East Tennessee State, Virginia Tech welcomes three schools to Blacksburg for the opening rounds of the Preseason NIT on Monday and Tuesday. The Hokies are the #4 seed in the 16-team tournament and have the potential to play the #1 seed Syracuse in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden next week. Oklahoma State (#2) and Stanford (#3) are the other hosts in the opening rounds Monday and Tuesday.

Here’s the schedule for the Blacksburg (East) region:

  • Monday
    • Virginia Tech vs Monmouth (7 PM, ESPN3)
    • George Mason vs Florida International (9:30 PM, ESPN3)
  • Tuesday
    • (If win) Virginia Tech vs GMU/FIU winner (6 PM, ESPNU)
    • Monmouth vs GMU/FIU loser (8:30 PM)

As for the teams themselves, here’s a look at what to expect:

Virginia Tech Hokies (1-0)

Week 11 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump, the rankings are starting to get sorted out on their own. Please leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust as necessary.

  • Oregon - This is a team built to mash the Pac-12, but I still don't feel they'd contend against any team with an elite defense (read LSU, Alabama).
  • Oklahoma / Oklahoma State - Bedlam still seems to set up as a default play-in game to the national championship.
  • Stanford - Were they trying to suck for Luck?
  • Golden Eagles - Dropped after a 30-29 win over UCF, not necessarily for the close win, but because I had them too high in past polls.

Death by a Thousand Sneaks: Film Review of the Hokies versus the Yellowjackets

First Hokies Offensive Series:

1st and 10- One TE, 3 WR, DW at tailback. Line is 72-75-74-68-62. Bootleg on first down. Not a great ball fake by Wilson or Thomas, but plenty of time. LT3 looks a bit tenative and doesn't find anyone downfield. Scramble and gets back to the line. Good blocking, but Drager lost his man late to make Thomas scramble.

Gut Reactions: VT versus GT in Review

I don't know about you, fellow Hokies, but I am EXHAUSTED after last night's football game. That war had everything you could hope for in a big football game: offensive execution, defensive playmaking, dominant offensive line play, outstanding individual effort, and yes, mistakes. Mistakes often make the game that much more dramatic.

Virginia Tech again rode the undulating roller coaster of emotion, yet found a way to calm the seas and execute in the biggest moments of the football game. And, I know many of you don't share my respect for what Paul Johnson does, but his kids, especially on offense, really took it to the Hokies, and it is a testament to the Hokies that they were able to win the game.

GIFTORY: 37-26

Last night was cause for a celebration.

U MAD BRO?

Oh no big deal, just Jaymes Brooks pulling around and getting him some.

PIGGY BACK RIDE

He can throw, he can truck, he can block.

Lanier making ham sandwiches with the second level.

French couldn't stop talking about Becton's footwork here.

There are no words.

TRUCKED!

Grohmentum

LT3 WILL TAKE ALL YOUR BEST PUNCHES.

Eddie Whitley, future WWE Superstar.

Get Your Head Right For Tonight

I think this has been the best we have covered an opponent in the site's short history. When I say "we" I mean the community here. The football conversation has been engaging and insightful; the Photoshops hysterical. I just wanted to thank you all for making the bye week fly by.

Before the game I'd recommend (re-)reading French's Glory, or Death by a Thousand Cuts, Kevin's Preview, taking a look at the defensive depth chart changes, laughing at the MascotMock™ and getting fired up with some Raid.

Most of you are either at the game or a bar, so there will be no live blog, but leave any before and after thoughts in the comments below.

Go Hokies!

Q&A with From The Rumble Seat

Thanks to our friend Winfield at From The Rumble Seat for dropping by and answering some less than insightful questions by your's truly about tonight's game. You can find my answers to his questions over at his place. Their VPI preview is well done, and is worth the read if you're left wanting to know more about what the guys across the field think about tonight.

1. Aside from the obvious, "have more points on the scoreboard at the end of the game" answer, what does Georgia Tech have to do to win this football game?

Georgia Tech Preview

Who: #10/9 Virginia Tech Hokies (8-1, 4-1 ACC) @ #20/19 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-2, 4-2 ACC)

Time: 8:02 PM

TV Coverage: ESPN (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, Craig James)

Venue: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA (55,000 – Grass)

Series History: Virginia Tech leads 5-3

  • Last Meeting (2010): Virginia Tech 28, Georgia Tech 21
  • The Hokies won last year on a 92-yard kickoff return from David Wilson with 2:23 remaining
  • Virginia Tech has won all 3 meetings on Thursday nights, including twice in Atlanta.
  • The Hokies are 4-2 when ranked higher than the Jackets

Injury Report

  • LB Alonzo Tweedy – Out (Ankle)
  • K Cody Journell – Probable (Quad)

The Opponent: Well, here we go again. As usual, the 2011 Battle of the Techs will go a long way in determining who will represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship game in December. This rivalry has had its fill of great moments, including the “Beat You in Your Own Uniforms” game of 2007, the “All The Way Turnt Up” debacle in 2009, and of course the “David Wilson Eats Chick-Fil-A on Sundays” spectacle last year. Hard to believe the two schools have met just eight times, not including the cancelled BCA classic back in 2000.

Raid.

This game will make or break our season. I don't know about y'all, but I don't want to put on a happy face and drag my ass down I-81 to Blacksburg next week and pretend like nothing is wrong. Another win in Paris won't mean a whole lot if a trip to Charlotte doesn't follow it. I don't want ten forgettable wins and the Peach Bowl. I don't want to hear The Frankinator say, "we did a lot of things right," or "we're so close," after a loss in Atlanta. I want this team to say we've arrived, so very badly. They've worked their asses off for that.

Actions speak louder than words and this is our chance to make a statement in front of a national audience. The last time we had that opportunity we squandered it and were embarrassed by Clemson, at night, in a nonchalant Lane Stadium. Not this time. I'm going to be incredibly selfish and greedy here. I just don't want a win. I want us to slap the shit out of Georgia Tech.

Have you ever slapped someone? Aside from controlling OddJob and knocking around James Bond and company in GoldenEye 007, I haven't. I've punched a few people in my day and gotten into a few scuffles defending myself, but I've never slapped another person. Pimps slap, parents slap, Ric Flair slaps; you slap someone to put them in their place. The sting immediately puts the recipient at attention and bluntly delivers the message: know your role.

Six Pick: Week 11

It's week 11 and the Hokies, as well as Thursday night football, are back in the Six Pick. Week 11, week 11 ... damn, this season has flown by. There are only four regular season weeks left and this saddens me. I do take solace knowing big games and big upsets are coming. The BCS Championship Game is not set, no one, not even LSU is guaranteed a spot, they have to win out. The teams still in contention best keep your eyes on the crystal prize because each and every week there is going to be a battle for those who want to take that prize away away. This week those two teams are Oregon and TCU. Both do not have a shot at the national championship, but taking it away from Stanford or Boise State would be the next best thing to winning it, and I'll be watching just in case it happens.

Intense. Loud. Fanatical. Intimidating. All words NOT associated with Stanford football. Who else goes from a stadium capacity of 85,000 to 60,000 and still can't fill it up? I do suspect it will be a full house this weekend, but I am not expecting a T-Town environment. I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised at fan base forsaking their usual Saturday night study hall for Saturday night football with Herbie and Brent and if they can cause one false start, that's a win.

Thursday, November 10th

Georgia Tech Football Primer: Photo Edition

Georgia Tech has been involved in many historically significant games, perhaps nome more famous than its 1916 meeting with Cumberland College of Tennessee. The Engineers won 222-0, the largest margin of victory in NCAA history.

Buzz has a ride that rivals David Wilson's Whip: a 1930 Ford Model A Sports Coupe.

Although they have been passing the ball more this season, the Paul Johnson still prides himself on the triple option offense, AKA the offense of a thousand cuts.

Grillin' With Wolf: Beer Can Chicken

Thursday night Atlanta, GA will host the Techmo Bowl. While Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate, Georgia Tech's annual contest against Georgia is their biggest game, we're quickly building a great rivalry. The winner of this game will be the Coastal Division champ just as it has been since the ACC expanded. Hopefully you guys will be able to make it to Atlanta to tailgate this beautiful Thursday night (high is 58 degrees btw). While you are cracking jokes about the university that brought you Jeff Foxworthy, fire up that grill and use the extra time you have to make something exceptional. Here is my recipe for beer can chicken.

Ingredients

Defensive Depth Chart Changes

Georgia Tech is only our biggest game of the season, the winner is almost certain to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game. So really there's no better time for Bud Foster to swap around the bodies on the defense.

J.R. Collins is moving inside from defensive end to tackle. If you remember Collins practiced at both end and tackle during spring ball. He's got a heavy shoulder, but didn't maintain the weight necessary to play fulltime at tackle.

Tyrel Wilson will replace Collins at end. Wilson earned the praise of the coaches in relief of James Gayle at stud end, but at 6-1 219 he struggled at times to take advantage of his quickness and rush the passer.

Jack Tyler will start at middle linebacker over Barquell Rivers. Rivers and Tyler were listed as 1 and 1a on the depth chart going into the Duke game, but Rivers played all 72 snaps. Tyler has only started one game, the Orange Bowl against Stanford. Tyler is the better backer against the run. Against Duke Rivers still couldn't move to his left and right like he used to before his quad injury.

Kyle Fuller will remain at Whip backer. Alonzo Tweedy practiced in a blue non-contact jersey Sunday. He's still hampered from a high ankle sprain. That means Cris Hill and Jayron Hosley will play at corner.

ACC Division Races Taking Shape

We’re now into the month of November, and ACC teams have 2 or 3 conference games left on their docket.  Virginia Tech and Clemson sit atop their respective divisions, and there’s no doubt that conference officials are hoping they both win out to stage what would be the most significant ACC Championship Game yet.  No one can deny the appeal of a potential rematch between the Tigers and Hokies – Bank of America Stadium would be teeming with fans from both schools and I would expect the TV ratings to beat out previous ACC Championship Games.  It might be one of the most intriguing matchups that weekend …

… if Clemson and Virginia Tech both win out.

So what happens if someone stumbles?

Week 10 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump, it's especially messy this week. Please leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust as necessary.

  • Alabama - How far should they drop? As of this morning, I can't get the memory of that struggling offense and all those special teams gaffes out of my head. At some point I need to remember they mauled Arkansas and won at State College. Also, no team has a better loss.
  • Arkansas - South Carolina has been overvalued all season, but that was a nice win for the Pigs. They have the best quarterback in the SEC and a nice resume too.
  • The Big Ten - Without a dominant team contending for a national championship the Big Ten looks a lot like the ACC. On the right day anyone can, and will, beat anyone else. It's going to be all sorts of fun to see who comes out on top.
  • Kansas State - They started 7-0, they'll finish 1-4.

Six Pick: Week Ten

Welcome to week 10 of the Six Pick, or as it is correctly called, Super Bowl Saturday. The nation's top two teams are set to square off in Tuscaloosa on CBS during primetime; rare treat of hearing Uncle Vern and not Brent Musburger call the game. No. 1 vs No. 2 during the regular season has only happened 16 times since War World II. A few of the previous games were also called the 'Game of the Century', the most renowned were: '66 Notre Dame - Michigan State, '69 Texas - Arkansas and '71 Nebraska - Oklahoma. Only Beano Cook remembers those games, I however vividly recall '89 Notre Dame - Michigan, '91 Miami - FSU and '93 Notre Dame - FSU from my late teens. Those games made me a college football junkie, leaving me craving my next fix. It's a new century now and time to hook new fans. Let's hope this game does just that and justifies 'The Game of the Century' label. Laissez les bons temps rouler.


A special by request art work from a TKP friend @GovernorofDixie. His weekend cartoon preview of the SEC is can't miss and he is a must follow on Twitter.

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