What It All Means: Week 1

"What It All Means" will be a weekly column during the regular season where we take a look at poll movement after the week's games and try to figure out what it means for the Hokies, plus anything particularly interesting on a national scale. Think the pollsters are right? Think they're nuts? Let's hear it in the comments.

Week 2 BlogPoll Ballot

My full ballot is after the jump. Here's a quick justification of the movers, shakers and frozen.

  • Boise State - They're staying put at number three because at the beginning of the year I believed Alabama and Ohio State were the two best teams in the country. I still believe this. For this to change Alabama and/or Ohio State will have to falter, or sustain a long period of mediocrity while Boise State will have to handle business against Oregon State and tear through the WAC.
  • TCU - They get a huge bump up after beating Oregon State. Andy Dalton had a less than perfect game, yet the Horned Frogs prevailed. Their defense was able to contain the brothers Rodgers and limited Beaver drives (13 first downs), while their offense held the ball for almost 40 minutes.
  • Texas, Oklahoma, Florida - I wasn't impressed.
  • Virginia Tech - The defense showed their youth. The secondary was spotty in coverage, the linebackers couldn't tackle and the d-line couldn't pressure or control their gaps. The offense executed efficiently, except when it mattered most. The kicking game was uncharacteristically horrible.
  • Stanford - The Cardinal was an egregious omission from my preseason poll.
  • Utah - The Utes gutted out a nice win over Pitt and kept Dion Lewis at bay.
  • Michigan - Denard Robinson was dirty posting nearly 400 yard of offense.

As always, if you believe I've committed any major errors tell me why below and I'll take it under consideration when I submit my final ballot.

Tomorrow Is Another Day

I was confident in a Hokie win going into yesterday's game. In fact, I'd assured myself there was no chance we'd lose to Boise State, and for no good reason too. Oh sure, if you had asked me I could've given you specifics: Ryan Williams, a matured Tyrod Taylor, my faith in Bud Foster, etc... But really I believed, like everyone else, that fate had our back.

See You at FedEx.

Once again magduffs is providing us with 100-pounds of awesome crammed into a 10-pound sack. Please thank her for all of her hard work on this video.

Beamer Buzzword Bingo

We all love Coach Beamer. But even we must admit that his interviews can get a bit... repetitive?

So, to make the pregame, postgame and Tech Talk Live appearances just a bit more enjoyable, we here at The Key Play are proud to provide this Beamer Buzzword Bingo board. Spoils of victory? They're up to you.

Beamer Buzzword Bingo (TheKeyPlay.com)

Six Pick: Week One

BCO's College Football TV Viewing Guide

For more than a decade I have been picking which games people should watch each week over the course of a season. At first it was a spreadsheet put together at the beginning of the season for my family, friends and coworkers. It eventually grew into a weekly column for the masses on my previous blog. There, I could pick from week to week, publishing with up-to-date info and the cheap shots stayed current (no one is safe). It's my favorite thing to write, even it entertains no one else but myself. Each week on TKP I will write my Six Pick of must see games. Admittedly, there will be personal bias towards VT, ACC and other teams I like. That said, many weeks I will not have a Hokie game on the list. VT versus The Sisters of the Poor is not must see TV. Potty mouth alert... If bad words offend your sensibilities read another damn column.

Preseason ACC Roundtable

From time to time I'll engage my fellow ACC bloggers and participate in a roundtable question and answer. Brendan From Old Virginia is hosting the first discussion. He'll include my answers in with everyone else's and I'll let y'all know when it's up on his site. Let's get cultured people...

1. At UVA we have made wholesale changes to everything this past offseason: the coaching staff, the offense, the defense, the uniforms, even the color of the equipment shed. What change or changes on your own team are you most looking forward to watching play out on the field this season?

David Wilson Will Play

Coach Beamer announced on his teleconference today that David Wilson won't be redshirting. Wilson has been nothing short of amazing during spring practice and summer camp (55 carries, 265 yards). He worked with the first team kickoff return during Saturday's final scrimmage and, according to those who saw it, had a spectacular 43-yard return. He also busted off a 25-yard carry against the starting defense.

2010 Nike Pro Combat Jersey

On August 18thHokieSports.com announced Virginia Tech would be one of ten schools outfitted with Nike Pro Combat uniforms.

Nike worked diligently with each university to bring relevant elements of the school’s rich heritage into the futuristic elite fit uniform designs. The collaborations with the universities produced the highly customized uniforms that will be revealed just days prior to the start of the 2010 college football season.

Below and after the jump are two picture of the jerseys and team shirt.

Ryan Williams will look dapper toting the rock in anything.


This fantastic image comes via commenter ewechtal, who can be found dropping knowledge bombs here and on Twitter (@ewechtal).

This is last weekend until December without Hokie football.

/takes deep breath


Men do something nice for your wives, fiancées, girlfriends, side pieces or booty calls this weekend because going forward there's only time for football, grilling, lawn games, tailgating and drinking.

The coverage here is going to pick up next week as we focus on Boise State, so strap in and enjoy the ride

Key Reads: Last Weekend Without Football

No. 7: Virginia Tech

After being wrong in 2009, taking the Hokies over Georgia Tech, I feel secure in proclaiming Virginia Tech the best team in a very, very deep Coastal division. It stands to reason that the best team in the Coastal is the best team in the conference as a whole, right? My confidence stems from the simple idea that the Hokies enter 2010 with the offense as the undisputed strength; in my mind, there’s nothing to worry about on defense.

Twelve Shots of Haterade

Since next week is going to be serious talk and all, here's one last facetious post. I present in descending order from indifference to flat out hate all twelve of this year's opponents. I used an arbitrary beer fueled formula known only to my mind based on prior social interactions, game results and stereotypical information to rank them. To be fair and balanced, I will mention one complimentary thing about each school.

12. James Madison University
+ Who doesn't enjoy beating up on your best friend's little kiss ass brother?
- Their nickname is the Dukes, reminds me too much of that crappy school in Durham, NC.

11. Central Michigan University
+ What's not to like about a two hour road trip to Bells Brewery, one of the very finest in the nation?
- It's only a matter of time before the stench of DickRod spreads north west.


Eric, Josh and I all picked Miami to beat us. We felt we owed y'all an apology. Here you are:

Even when getting pummeled to the ground Jacory throws up the "U".


  1. Who's delivering the shot to Jacory's chest?

*The first person to leave a comment with the correct answer(s) gets a point. Each correct answer is worth a point. At the end of the season the most points wins a free tee from GameDay Passion.

Staff Predictions

With the start of the Hokies' football season only 12 days away, now is as an appropriate time as any for us scribes to make our humble predictions. Eric, Josh and I are going to pick both the outcome of each game as well as assign a confidence of win percentage. The latter is an idea inspired by Bud at Tomahawk Nation. It's an easy concept, basically we'll assign the percentage chance (0-100%) of Tech winning a given game and then derive our expected wins for the season by adding up the confidences and dividing by 100.


Occasionally, I do wish I lived in black and white times. End zone celebrations were simpler back then, one only had to pump his arms in the air and walk back triumphantly to the sideline after scoring.

Dignified gentlemen could wear piped plaid pants without being ridiculed.