Because why not? The live blog starts at 8:00 and the console is after the jump.
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.
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.
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.
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).
- 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
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.
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.
- Oklahoma, Wisconsin - How far should they drop? I know Oklahoma's resume isn't as impressive with Florida State, Texas and Mizzou struggling, but based on their talent I still think they are the best one loss team in the country. Up until Saturday the Badgers played no one and beat everyone, save Nebraska. So I am not holding a last second loss via a once-a-season Hail Mary touchdown against them.
- Michigan State - They might be too high. I conveniently swept the beat down they took earlier in the year from a more and more average looking Irish under the rug. Two of their biggest wins at Ohio State and against Wisconsin were squeakers.
- The Cocks - They drop two spots after beating the bye week; poll-itics.
- West Virginia - Am I being too hard after their loss in the Dome?
- Who's missing - The bottom five are a mess. If you can make an argument for a team not ranked that you think should be there I am all ears.
Well, that was certainly interesting wasn't it fellow Hokie fans? I have not had a chance yet to review the game film, but after watching the Hokies 30-14 win over Boston College yesterday, I wanted to share some quick observations as they stand fresh in my mind before I watch the film and find out that I am all wrong.
The Key Play.com was greeted by an unpleasant email from a source informing us Bruce Taylor will have season-ending surgery on his foot that he injured in the third quarter against Boston College on Saturday. Our source was unable to confirm the severity of the injury or the rumor that it is a Lisfranc sprain.
Bruce Taylor's 2011 Stats
Taylor led the Hokies with 53 tackles. His leadership and presence anchoring the defense at Mike linebacker cannot be represented by a statistic, nor be overvalued. He will be greatly missed.
Barquell Rivers, who suffered and has been working to return to form from a ruptured quadriceps tendon in 2010, relieved Taylor and shined on the field. Look for Rivers to be Taylor's permanent replacement. And if you're keeping track at home Bruce is our 3rd starting defender sidelined for the season (G-W, A. Hopkins).
Well wishes for a speedy recovery Bruce.
Box gone ham.
Unfortunately, there's no fancy live blog this week because no one will be around to moderate it. Box, Kevin and I will be at the game, the BCO has #BeerControlFather duties, and Adam is in Chi Town eating at The Wiener's Circle. I didn't want to leave you guys high and dry though. Post your pre-game, in game, and postgame comments and thoughts here. If you don't already have one, you'll need an account to post. The ship is yours, treat her right.