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.

Georgia Tech Preview: Glory, or Death by a Thousand Cuts

It almost seems surreal that, given Virginia Tech's long standing rivalries with Miami and UVA, that over the last 4 years the ACC game which has caused many a Hokie the greatest worry has been the Ramblin Wreck of Georgia Tech. Paul Johnson has successfully been able to implement a true flexbone offense in a BCS Conference, and despite a clear drop in his offensive recruiting talent, Johnson has been able to adapt his lesser athletes into a system that works.

Bye Week Blues

Broke as a joke.

Liver’s shot,

My (wo)man’s pissed,

And the dog runned off,

The team is spent,

Ill be damned if I ain’t too,

Time to sing the Bye Week Bluuueesss.

A Wrestling Preview: Virginia Tech Vs. Campbell

Matchup: Campbell University (0-0, 0-0 SoCon) @ #21 Virginia Tech (0-0, 0-0 ACC)

When: Nov. 5, 2011 5:00 PM

Venue: Salem Civic Center, Salem, VA (Capacity: 6,820)

  • Address: 1001 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, VA 24153
  • Directions

                 From Lynchburg: Take I-460 West to the intersection 419 South and follow the signs.

                 From Richmond: Take I-64 West to 81 South to exit 141 to intersection 419 South and follow the signs.

                 From Norfolk/Virginia Beach: Take I-81 to exit 141 to intersection 419 South and follow the signs.

Duke Roll Call

I'm going to play the optimist card here and say that the guys are just beat up, and that's why Saturday's game was so ugly and flat.

I will give credit to the defense, though. Duke isn't exactly Georgia Tech or Clemson, but they mostly did a fine job.

Overall, I thought the guys played well here and there. Some of the third down calls blew my mind. Are we not trying to keep drives alive?

The few extra days of rest couldn't be coming at a better time. Everyone better buckle up for next Thursday...

I'll be honest, I had to watch this game in parts, and I had a better time trying to figure out why Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries filed for divorce.

Note: My game feed dropped out between Martin's touchdown and Whitley's personal foul.

1. Antone Exum - Quiet most of the afternoon, except when he absolutely leveled one of the Duke receivers on the sideline. It should be noted that I saw him blanketing his assignment multiple times.

2. Josh Oglesby - Who would have thought his touchdown would be the game winner? He knows how to run tough.

3. Logan Thomas - Well, he certainly threw a lot of interceptions. I thought he was actually OK otherwise, but the first pick was just brutal. These last few games are a good time to start giving him more carries, right? By the way, very nice tackle on his first pick.

Week 9 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump. As always I need you guys to keep me in check. So leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust the poll as necessary.

  • My Top Spot - Here's a spoiler, in all likelihood Boise State will not jump a one loss SEC team or Oklahoma. And it's LSU-Alabama week, we can finally crown the national champion.
  • Houston - The 'Coug is probably way too high, but I'd be lying if I said 70 points didn't turn me on.
  • The one loss teams - For the most part, they all played horrible. Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Penn State and South Carolina all struggled to defeat inferior competition.
  • Wisconsin - It's "All Russel Everything" (but only against really bad teams).
  • Georgia Tech - Y U NO CONSISTENT?

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

The Key Play: Week 9

8-1

Let's start by getting all the pleasantries out of the way. We won. A tick on the left side of the column is all that matters. Boykin and Coale had another stellar game. We're going to reminisce about this duo at tailgates for a long time to come. Anytime we recruit another little known two-star receiver you better believe people are going to say, "kid could be another Coale."

After every game I realize how important Cris Hill is to this team. I give a lot of well deserved credit to Kyle Fuller for being able to step in and play Whip/Nickel, but without Hill filling in for him strongly at corner that'd never be possible. He had another 6 tackles and held his ground all afternoon in coverage.

If that game itself was the trick, then David Wilson was the treat. YEAH BAD HALLOWEEN PUNS FOR EVERYONE. Believe me there are runs when I'm screaming for him just to take the couple of yards that are there, instead of shooting for the moon. But afterwords when I take a look at his entire body of work I appreciate his aggressive and ambitious running style and the numbers and points he puts up. Also, credit to Josh O for doing work and putting up six in relief of Wilson. That was a tremendous cutback on his 31-yard run.

DUKE LIVE BLOG

"Just like basketball."

*clap, clap, clap*

I think Lester is trying to get arrested by the fashion police. We're wearing maroon helmets, white jerseys and orange pants. The first time we've done so since a 1994 win against ECU.

The chat console is after the jump.

Duke Football Primer: Photo Edition

Where they play: Wade Wallace Stadium 

The Blue Devils have earned the NCAA's Academic Achievment Award more than any other football program. 

The media perenially tabs the Blue Devils as ACC football dark horses... 

...but usually they stick to the hardcourt. 

The future of the ACC?

This is Bill Cosby Decked out in Maroon*


via @virginia_tech

Is the Frankinator consulting with comedian Bill Cosby about the kicking game and how to proceed under the hypothetical situation that Cody Journell can't play? I don't know, you tell me!

You seeeeeeeeee, the Myer has, to, kick, the ball more consistently. It pewwwwwwwwwwwww goes the distance, just doesn't always split the bars.

When asked about how his chat with Cosby went, Beamer responded:

Real strong comedian right there, good staff of writers around him.

/raises his two fists to his chest and slowly pumps them back and forth in short bursts.

He's always well-prepared, has that "want-to". His sets are real consistent: great intro, punchlines always get after ya, finishes strong.

/serious face

Great comedians make great jokes, and that's what Bill's always done.

*And just subtle amounts of orange, Lester please take note.

Duke Preview

Who: #15/15 Virginia Tech Hokies (7-1, 3-1 ACC) @ Duke Blue Devils (3-4, 1-2 ACC)

Time: 12:30 PM

TV Coverage: ACC Network (Tim Brant, Dave Archer, Scott Pryzwansky)

Venue: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC (33,941 – Grass)

Series History: Virginia Tech leads 11-7

  • Last Meeting (2010): Virginia Tech 44, Duke 7
  • Coach Beamer is a perfect 7-0 against Duke
  • The Hokies have won 10 straight games against the Blue Devils, dating back to 1981
  • In 7 ACC contests, the Hokies have outscored Duke by an average of 37-8

Injury Report

  • LB Alonzo Tweedy – Out (ankle)
  • OL Mark Shuman – Out (knee/ankle)

The Opponent: The Hokies start the final third of their season by facing the first of four consecutive Coastal Division opponents. This Duke team has continued a trend of Blue Devil teams under David Cutcliffe, slowly working its way into a competitive nature. The Blue Devils are more consistent than in years past, but they still have their Duke moments, such as losing to Richmond for their third consecutive time.

At 3-4, the Blue Devils possess wins over Boston College, Tulane, and FIU. They, too, finish the season with all Coastal Division games, but they play all five division opponents in a row, starting with Tech.

MIAMI-VIRGINIA LIVE BLOG

Because why not? The live blog starts at 8:00 and the console is after the jump.

Now, Where Do We Go From Here?

The Hokies' regular season is two-thirds over. In the first eight games there were some bumps along the way. Oh, and the Clemson game too. That was a head-on collision into a Jersey barrier that no one saw us speeding into. Or maybe we didn't care to notice? The airbags deployed, and we moved on from the wreck, but it hurt like hell. Don't drink the Kool-Aid and drive. Now, where do we go from here?

Forward. OK, that was an obvious answer, but all of realistic goals --beating Virginia, earning a spot in the ACC Championship Game, playing in the Orange Bowl-- set by the team at the start of the season (and even the unrealistic one, but I'm not mentioning that) are in front of us, just starting to come into view over the horizon. A better question, what's it going to take to get there?

A Healthy Defense

We lose defensive tackles Antoine Hopkins and Kwamaine Battle for the year, Corey Marshall and Luther Maddy step up. The Hyphen's turnaround season got cut short, Alonzo Tweedy shows he can play, then tweaks his ankle. Detrick Bonner made All-American Jayron Hosley's absence a little more tolerable. Tyrel Wilson earned the Frankinator's praise trying to fill James Gayle's large shadow against Boston College. Tackling machine Bruce Taylor went down, Barquell Rivers didn't skip a beat. Kyle Fuller and Cris Hill have been human Band-Aids, treating any and all trauma suffered by the secondary.

Six Pick: Week Nine

One upset Saturday down, with at least another one to come ... but when? Stay tuned. Like the rest of October, there are only a couple of marquee games this weekend. But, you never know when a Texas Tech will strike, shake the foundation, and move Boise State get that much closer to the national title game. Speaking of national title games, we are only week away from that de facto one, and I am giddy with excitement. A mini-viewing party is in the works at Casa de BCO, complete with beer, BBQ, cornhole and college football at its highest level. ::Breathe:: I am putting the cart before the horse. First, let's see what this weekend brings.

VT Football Winning Streaks & Week 2 BCS "Projections"

Not a whole lot of time for me this week, as I'm in the San Francisco Bay area for work, so I figured I'd throw out a few quick numbers nuggets to the TKP readers.  First, a look at Virginia Tech's active winning streaks, and then a look BCS Bowl projections as if the season ended today.

Grillin' With Wolf: Blue Devil Burgers

Durham, North Carolina is the current home of Duke University. It was founded in Trinity in 1838 and moved there in 1892. The name was changed to Duke in 1924 in honor of Washington Duke, an American tobacco industrialist. The Blue Devils have won 7 ACC football championships, the last one in 1989 under Steve Spurrier. They have not had a winning season since 1994. However, they can still brag about beating the Hoo's and consistently graduating more athletes than most schools in the country. Duke has put out more alumni than I care to mention, although Ken Jeong is probably the best they have to offer. In honor of one of my favorite mascots in the country to hate, we are going to make Blue Devil Burgers (and by Blue Devil I mean blue cheese Habanero).

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef (stick to a fattier beef so that the burgers don't shrink and dry out, 85/15 is the leanest I usually go)
  • 3-4 Habaneros
  • 1-2 cups chunked blue cheese
  • Medium egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Fresh made hamburger buns

Boston College Roll Call

I picked a great year to watch each game twice. This is a really fun team, on both sides of the ball.

I saw a Darryl Slater tweet about this being the only season under Frank in which a QB has completed at least 22 passes in three games. Is that true?

Sadly, it's going to be tough down the stretch. Guys are dropping like drunk sorority girls trying to navigate the TOTS stairs at last call.

But this is a solid group of football players, and I'm excited about the fourth quarter of the season. Let's take a look at how they did on Saturday:

1. Antone Exum - He got lucky on the first play of the second quarter, but otherwise I thought he had another nice day. He made a beautiful play on that near-INT and tattooed some BC scrub. Nice work.

2. Josh Oglesby - Go back and watch the last drive of the first half. Josh had a really tough catch, but more importantly, killed it in the pass protection department. Job well done.

3. Logan Thomas - What do you do if you're supposed to tackle him? Not only does he blast fools, he lets them know exactly what happened. I'd like to see him take it up the middle of the field more when he pulls it down, otherwise, I really have no criticism. Just a beast.

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