Q&A with ScalpEm.com

Our friend Bill (NoleCC) of ScalpEm.com has taken time away from his busy baking schedule to answer some questions about Saturday's game. He knows his FSU football and we suggest following him on Twitter @ScalpEmOfficial. You can read my answers to his questions here.

1. If you were in charge of developing the game plan to beat Florida State what would your main areas of focus be?

My main point would be, "Be Flexible." UNC aired it out and hammered the Noles defense. N.C. State ran like mad. Oklahoma did whatever they felt like. I'd try some thing against the FSU defense in the 1st quarter, see what works and attack the weakest link of that particular day.

On the flip side, if I'm holding off the offense, I'd want to test out Christian Ponder's arm on long throws. That means take away the middle and see if his elbow can handle the outs and deep balls. Plus, the Noles are down to 1 totally healthy running back in Chris Thompson. Take away the pass well enough and VT should be able to stop FSU's running game with the DL and an LB or two.

Purdue Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (4-2, 1-0 home) vs #18/22 Purdue Boilermakers (5-1, 0-0 road)

When: Wednesday, December 1 @ 7:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN (as part of ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia

The Opponent: Purdue limps into Cassell following an 11-point loss to Richmond Saturday in Chicago. The Boilermakers were once thought of as a National Championship contender, but things derailed on the very first day of practice. Preseason Second Team All-American Robbie Hummel tore the same ACL he did at the end of last year and was lost for the season. That alone dropped Purdue to #8 in the Coaches Poll, before their loss to the Spiders on a neutral court sent the Boilermakers all the way down to #18.

That being said, Purdue is still a solid squad. They return a dynamic duo in guard E'Twaun Moore (6-4, 190 lbs) and forward JaJuan Johnson (6-10, 216 lbs). Moore anchors the backcourt and is the team's leading scorer at 20.8 points per game. The senior leads Purdue in steals per game (1.5) and field goal percentage (48.9%), while ranking second on the team in rebounds (6.7) and assists (2.7). The Boilers primarily use a small three-guard lineup featuring Moore at the "3" position.

Week 14 BlogPoll Ballot

My full ballot is after the jump and it is a mess. I tried to pour gravy on top to make it taste better, but I couldn't find the right plugin, damn you Chrome!

  • Boise State - Do you remember the scene from Casino when Robert De Niro catches the two guys signaling cards and brings them to the basement of the Tangiers? Boise State is an excellent team that ran into the hammer AND buzzsaw.
  • Are Nevada and Virginia Tech too high?
  • Is Alabama too low?
  • I would have been content stopping my ballot at 21 teams.

My final ballot is due Wednesday and I need your help, obviously.

Chief Osceola and Renegade

The mascot mock is playing for the ACC Championship this weekend.

Let's put Chief Osceola and Renegade back in the cupboard, nail it shut with railroad spikes, soak it in gasoline, light it on fire, and send the remains through a wood chipper.

The cutouts are here (1, 2, 3).

Bring on the 'Noles

Hate week is turning into hate month. In a rematch of the 2005 ACC Championship Game the Hokies will play Florida State next Saturday night in Charlotte. Florida State advanced after thumping Florida and getting help from Maryland defeating NC State. It's another chance to beat a ranked team. Florida State under Bobby Bowden made it a habit of owning Beamer, but this is a different team. The team would be best served to ignore the past and focus on just the team infront of us, and I have every confidence that they will. Meanwhile, for us fans, feel free talk about and hate on FSU below. I want this one bad, and I know you do too. Let's Go!

Lafonte Thourogood Commits

Ocean Lakes' senior Lafonte Thourogood gave his commitment to Virginia Tech today. Since spring practice Thourogood has long thought to be leaning towards the Hokies and has been a top target at quarterback.

Lafonte was recruited by most schools, including: Stanford, Tennessee, Arkansas, West Virginia and a late offer by Florida to play either quarterback or wide receiver. He'll get the opportunity in Blacksburg to show what he can do under center. He's a true dual-threat. His full highlights are below.

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Billy Hite doesn't want to hear your excuses Hoos.

We completely dominated UVa. We held the Hoos to 291 total yards. Our running game was unstoppable: 201 yards and 4 scores among Wilson, Evans, Williams and Tyrod.

Kyle Fuller went hammin'. As well as Jayron has played this season, I have been more impressed with Fuller in the secondary because he's a true freshman and appears to be the real deal. He's played whip, corner and nickel and hasn't disappointed. He's got the brains and the open field tackling skills. He finished with ten tackles and two pass breakups.

DRAGERBOMB'D. We got a lot pressure with the front four: Chris Drager, Derrick Hopkins, Dwight Tucker and J.R. Collins all had sacks. On a somewhat related note Mike London must have taught left tackle Morgan Moses his letters and numbers.

We got stops when they matted the most on third and fourth downs, and inside the red zone. UVa only converted 1 of 12 third downs and 0 of 3 fourth downs.

Congratulations to Tyrod Taylor for becoming the Hokies all-time career passing leader with 6,356 yards (and counting), and to the seniors for going 4-0 against UVA. It's not time to get too mushy yet.

The Commonwealth Cup Live Blog

The festivities start at 11:45am. Let's Go Hokies!

A Non-Comprehensive History of UVA Football

The University of Virginia was established in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson wanted to create an institution of higher learning that would cater to, and pamper the colonial douchebag.


Thomas Jefferson is the proud parent of a modern day douche.

Around 1923 Virginia teams became known as the Cavaliers. From m-w.com: cavalier (noun) a gentleman trained in arms and horsemanship.

Virginia joined the ACC in December, 1953. The Cavaliers have never won an outright ACC football championship.

From 1953-55 Ned McDonald coached UVa to a record of 5-23.

In 1975 Virginia went 1-10.

George Welsh is considered Virginia's most successful coach. From 1982-2000 his winningest season was in 1989, a 10-3 campaign that concluded with a loss to Illinois in the Citrus Bowl. That was Welsh's only ten win season.

Al Groh was hired to replaced George Welsh when he retired following the 2000 season. His tenure could be best described as: HURRRRRRRRR DERP.

In 2005 the Hokies annexed Scott Stadium.

ANGRY WORDS

THE MAN-MADE DISASTER OF VIRGINIA FOOTBALL WILL BE LIMPING INTO LANE STADIUM SATURDAY AFTERNOON. WE NEED TO BLUDGEON UVA. ANYTHING LESS THAN TEARING OFF THAT TEAM'S ONE GOOD LEG AND BATTERING THE DISABLED BODY FOR SIXTY MINUTES IN THE THUNDERDOME IS UNACCEPTABLE. I DON'T WANT THAT TEAM OR THEIR FANS LEAVING LANE STADIUM WITH A MORAL VICTORY. I WANT AN OLD FASHIONED ASS WHOOPING, LIKE THE ONE STORED IN YOUR GRANDPA'S BASEMENT NEXT TO HIS DOUBLE-U, DOUBLE-U TWO UNIFORM AND RIFLE. I WANT THEM TO DOUBT THE HIRE OF MIKE LONDON AND THE FUTURE OF THEIR PROGRAM. I WANT THEIR TURKEY TO BE DRY REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH OIL IT'S FRIED OR HOW MUCH GRAVY IS LADLED ON TOP. THEN FOR THE NEXT 365 DAYS I WANT TO RUB SALT IN THE WOUNDS.


Original image is via We Bleed Bourbon

Six Pick: Week Thirteen

It's Turkey Week, the end of the regular season for many college teams, only the Big East, Pac-10 and conference championship games are left. My how time has flown by this season. In honor of Wednesday night, one of the best drinking nights all year, Thanksgiving and its great rivalry games I present you a double Six Pick! Ham, turkey, stuffing and family rule Thursday, but college football dominates on Friday and Saturday. Sadly, there are just too many good games this weekend, so even selecting twelve leaves some games on the chopping block, like Florida at F$U or GiT at ugga. Due to time constraints and the number of previews I would have to write, a Google image search, rudimentary Photoshopping and a quick caption is this week's write up. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this a 24,000 word column. Who's really going to read my gibberish for a dozen games anyway?

No, I have not made my picks yet, I will sometime on Thursday, fat and happy on honey smoked turkey from my Bubba Keg Smoker. This is the week to make up ground down in the pick ‘em standings.

Cavman

The mascot mock goes for 10 in a row this Saturday. We already took Snuggles the WaHorse to task, now there's Cavman. The cutouts are here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. As you can see, I have no offering, yet. I am away from base and stuck without Photoshop. A major thanks to Magduffs for getting the cutouts done!

Because the front page needed some art, UVa football has jumped the shark by aleahdillon.

These are my favorite Hokies.

It's premature but official, these Hokies, winners of nothing and losers to a I-AA team are my favorite ever. Up until yesterday the 2004 Bryan Randall squad sat alone atop my mental podium, but no longer. Of course this team can accomplish a lot: another 10 win season, an ACC Championship and a trip to the Orange Bowl. But to me, even if they lose out, their legacy is secured.

I'm a meat and potatoes guy. I'm gruff and rough around the edges. That's probably part of the reason why I'm fortunate enough to have a classy lady in my life–she sees the opportunity to polish me into a finished gentlemen. (Also, I compromise and cede the TV in favor of The Devil Wears Prada on a Saturday night in the fall.) Above even physical play in the trenches, a punishing run game and stingy defense, character and resolve are the most important parts of a football team to me. The never quit attitude and leadership that Randall exemplified in '04, which was sorely missing from uber talented teams in '02 and '03, lost in '05 has been resuscitated by Tyrod Taylor over his career and personified in this, his finale.

Miami ADD

We play Miami tomorrow. Are you excited? I am. I have been since the clock in Kenan showed '00:00'. Why? If you need to ask that, just move along.

Things you can muck:

  • A hand of cards when all you see is deuce ten pathetically staring back at you.
  • A pair of kicks when running across a muddy Drillfield during a driving rain after barring at 2:00am.
  • (up) Life. I frequently do this.
  • Fiami.

Six Pick: Week Twelve

It's week 12, the calm before the storm. This week isn't grabbing hold of the national attention, but these are some solid games. Don't worry though, the turkey and championship weeks are going to be red hot. The end is drawing near and I am getting worked up to see how it plays out. History tells us there are surprises to come.

If anyone is wondering why the games this week are just solid and not particularly good, look no further than the Southeastern Conference. There are only two games of consequence down south this weekend, Arkansas at Mississippi State and maybe Ole Miss at LSU (if one is feeling charitable.) The majority of college football's elite conference either paid an opponent for a victory, or scheduled a bye in prep for next week's rivalry games. That's weak. I don't want excuses, man the hell up and play someone. One group I don't want to hear a peep from are the Crimson Tide. I want no bitching and moaning about Auburn's bye before the Iron Bowl. Alabama is playing playing Georgia State this week, this is their first year of football... in the FCS. The Georgia Academy for the Blind would put up more resistance.

I would be remiss if I did not mention this Big 1+10 / Wrigley Field end zone fail. I got 10 bones that says a player coached by the Zooker is sure to smash into it with his face.


via: Teddy Greenstein's twitter posting, another is here.

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