Grillin' With Wolf: Clambake

Boston College is a private school that was established in 1863 in Chestnut Hill, MA. The campus is in a historical district just 6 miles west of downtown Boston. Outside of Doug Flutie and Matt Ryan what more can be said about the Eagles in football? Well, we could make fun of the fact that they pump in music to the stadium to make up for the lack luster fans, or maybe their current 1-5 record. Like most of you I despise Boston College for some strange reason (and most Boston sports for that matter). Though I must say that alumni such as Leonard Nemoy, Joe Mullen, Brian Leetch, and Jack Ryan (even if he is fictional) quells some of my hate.

What can I do to remove that vile taste BC put in my mouth on October 2007? Replace it with a mouth watering clambake.

A traditional clambake is cooked in a pit dug on a beach with hot stones, but we are not able to recreate that in the parking lot. We are also not able to walk along the beach and gather the necessary seaweed and seawater either, so we have to live without that as well. However, I will give you an easy way to make a modified clambake right on your own charcoal grill.

Ingredients

BCS Primer - Week 1 of the BCS Standings

The season's first BCS rankings have been released, and I figure if TheKeyPlay.com has any chance to become a dominant force in the college football blogosphere it's about time for us to start talking about bowl games and who's going to square off in the BCS Championship Game.  Let's face it: it's mid-October, we're halfway through the college football season, and the Hokies are bowl-eligible for their 19th straight year.  We're late to the game!  ESPN.com has had their bowl projections going since ... well, I think they've had them since January.

Week 7 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump. As always I'm going to rely on y'all to keep me in check so leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust the poll as necessary.

  • Oklahoma State - It's splitting hairs but I like the Pokes' resume a tad better than Boise's right now.
  • Virginia Tech - Another marvelous game by Logan Thomas. He quickly put a slow start behind him and the defense had an impressive outing despite numerous injuries.
  • Michigan State - I had been undervaluing little brother because I couldn't get over Notre Dame tooling on them, and them struggling so much against Ohio State. The offense leaves something to be desired, but their defense dominated Michigan. As a Hokie, I have to respect that.
  • Georgia Tech - Once again Tevin Washington is throwing the ball like I'd expect a Paul Johnson quarterback to. That's not a good thing. He's 12/39, for 255 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 3 picks against NC State, Maryland and UVa.

Wake Forest Roll Call

Like the coaching staff complimented itself and the players for, I did not panic after quarter 1.

It was frustrating to watch, but you just had this feeling that everything was going to correct itself. And it did. Logan found his touch. The line popped open some holes. The defense started to get good pressure. It was fun to watch.

The big concern of the night was the D-line and I thought the young guys answered the bell. Let's talk specifics:

1. Antone Exum - As I hoped, he's getting better. I like where this is heading.

2. Josh Oglesby - Not a ton of running room for him on Saturday, but he ran tough with what he had.

3. Logan Thomas - I'm trying not to get too excited here, but he's making it difficult. I think we're seeing a special talent develop. By no means do I think he's arrived. The first quarter is proof of that, both in decision making and touch. However, he settled in, made some beautiful throws and went through his read progression nicely. And with the ball in his hands, he's going to do work. I swear, if we ever get to 3rd-and-1 and do not make it because we didn't sneak, I'm going to fire a coach myself.

4. David Wilson - He's out-pacing Ryan Williams' 1,655-yard season. That stat is better than any compliment I could give for Saturday night's effort.

Sunday Reminder

Editor's note: I'm still traveling and away from the computer dealing with the consequences of back-to-back open bars. There will be multiple posts analyzing our domination of Wake coming. Until then, how about them Hokies? And this below. Please chime in with your thoughts, especially if you went to the game. --Joe

Wake Forest Live Blog

I'll be attending a wedding today (I know, believe me I know) so I'm watching on my iPhone. Eric's running the ship here. It should be a good game. It's on ESPN3, if you don't get ESPN3 then VTPhreak probably has you covered. Let's go!

HokieV's Quick Hits before Wake

I haven't had a chance to write full a reaction to our win over Miami - mainly due to a busy work week, but partly because I'm working on a post on the upcoming BCS standings for TKP's readers on Sunday.

So, I'd like to at least follow-up last week's win over Miami by putting some of my thoughts down to paper.

Q&A with Blogger so Dear

I exchanged questions and answers with RAJohnston of Blogger So Dear to share some insights into tomorrow's game. Everything seems spot on except his assumption that Blacksburg rednecks ride choppers, we roll on raised Wranglers with fat tires and Super Duty F-350's. My answers can be found here. Many thanks to RA for joining us.

What's the contingency plan if running back Josh Harris can't play? Will it come to that?

Right now its looking like Jroc isnt going to be able to go. Coach Grobe said last night on his radio show that he would be an emergency back only. That leaved senior Brandon Pendergrass as the starter. He has seen a fair amount of time in the past, and has gotten around 40 carries already this year. Not sure if it is some gamesmanship by Grobie or not, but he doesn't usually mess around with the injury reports. Harris did not practice this week and was in sweats talking with coaches and trainers on Wednesday when I went out there. Usually, if you don't practice, you don't play. That being said, it would not surprise me at all if the coaches did try him on a series or two early to see if he can be effective at all.

Wake Forest Preview

Who: #19/17 Virginia Tech Hokies (5-1, 1-1 ACC) @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-1, 3-0 ACC)

Time: 6:30 PM

TV Coverage: ESPN3.com (Dave Weekley, Rene Ingoglia, Angela Mallen)

Venue: BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC (31,500 – Turf)

Series History: Virginia Tech leads 23-11-1

  • Last Meeting (2010): Virginia Tech 52, Wake Forest 21
  • Coach Beamer is a perfect 3-0 against Wake Forest
  • The Hokies have won 4 straight games against the Demon Deacons
  • Tech has won 7 straight at Wake Forest, with the last loss coming in 1970

Injury Report

  • OLB Jeron Gouveia-Winslow – Out for Season (foot)
  • DE James Gayle – Out (ankle)
  • TE Eric Martin – Out (shoulder)
  • OL David Wang – Out (foot)

The Opponent: So who had Wake Forest at undefeated in conference play coming into this game? Not even a Wake fan could have predicted this. The Deacs are 3-0 in the ACC for the first time in school history, fresh off a 35-30 upset over then-No. 23 Florida State last weekend. Jim Grobe’s team is a blown 4th quarter lead away from being 5-0 and probably ranked. The Deacs are a quality team, and we saw that offensively last year.

Six Pick: Week Seven

Welcome back, it's week 7 and we are half way through the regular season! I don't know about you, but I am re-energized after last week's thrilling Hokies' win. If only the college football schedule makers shared the enthusiasm and left us a good slate of games this week, all would be perfect. Other than laziness and watching our Hokies play there is nothing keeping me from honey-do lists or fall festivals. In the good old days i.e. before kids, I'd probably hop in the car and visit Wake Forest to see the VT win another. So those of you with nothing tethering you at home ... make the road trip to Winston-Salem and be sure to hit Foothills Brewing for good beer and grub.

Make the Trip! - Case for Traveling to Wake Forest

This past weekend saw Virginia Tech close out the first half of the season in spectacular fashion. I was at the Miami game sitting in the North End Zone and have to say it was the loudest Lane stadium has ever been. I've watched the YouTube of the final minutes and can't stop smiling especially when the announcer says, "these people are losing their minds", when Enter Sandman comes on again.

It's now time to carry that enthusiasm on the road against Wake Forest. I've personally made the trip twice when I was a student. Both times (2004 and 2006) I had a great trip supporting the Hokies in a friendly away atmosphere. There's even a bit of a Lane experience with Enter Sandman starting the game, albeit their's is highlighted by an evil church official driving a motorcycle on the field, and the decibel level doesn't come close to matching Blacksburg's.

Utilizing the finest video editing technology from the early 90s inspired by the Power Rangers

Perfect Reasons for the Road Trip

Tuesday Morning Second Guess: I Think You Will Hate Me.

Welcome to this edition of my ramblings and other nonsense. I am not going to have the bandwidth to do a deep drill down on the play by play of the game, however I wanted to share some high level observations of the game. First off, it was great to see the Hokie offense deliver a fantastic performance in the most adverse of conditions, however, given the euphoria of the dramatic nature of the win , I have a feeling some of these may rub some folks the wrong way. I want to be positive, but while I was thrilled with the win, there are some things that deeply concern me coming out of the game.

First off though, lets have a little sweet with the sour.

Positives

Grillin' With Wolf: Black and Gold Pork Tenderloin

Wake Forest University was founded in 1834 and was named after the town just north of Raleigh where it was originally located (the current main campus is in Winston-Salem). Originally the 'Fighting Baptists' they changed their name to the 'Demon Deacons' after an impressive beat down of Duke in 1923. A student program named the Screamin' Deacons ensures a great turnout at sporting events. For just $15 dollars a season students get access to every game and other items such as shirts. The home of Hellraiser III turned out alumni notable including Arnold Palmer, Carroll O'Conner (Archie Bunker), Ricky Van Veen (Creator of CollegeHumor.com), and Joe Lawson (the guy who came up with the Geico caveman). In order to prevent their quad being rolled two weeks in a row (sucks to be FSU), the Hokies D needs to step up, and so does our tailgate. This week we are going to grill up some black and gold pork tenderloin.

Ingredients

Miami Roll Call

Wow, what a game.

We finally saw what this group is capable of. Sure, they ran wild on App State, but this was exactly what we've been waiting for since fall camp. There was obviously some dropoff on defense, but I credit a lot of that to losing half of our front four for this game. We didn't get consistent pressure on Jacory, which has been the case this year. I think rotating guys more could help with this.

Otherwise, I feel so happy for the offense. What a way to bounce back after Clemson. I hope it's here to stay.

And, Frank finally pulled the trigger at punter.

Overall, a great Saturday.

1. Antone Exum - He lost the battle on Miami's first touchdown, but I thought that throw was outstanding and Exum was there. Overall, this was his best game of the year. He made great reads and made a lot of good tackles.

2. Josh Oglesby - Didn't see as much action, but when he did he competed well. It's nice to have a reliable alternative to 4.

3. Logan Thomas - What hasn't been said? It was a total coming out party and I'm glad I was there to see it. He did so many great things on Saturday, from loading up and blasting Sean Spence to displaying nice touch and accuracy. If you can, go back and watch the play where he fakes a handoff, rolls out right and hits Davis on the sideline with a laser. What a beautiful play - I hope we see more of it.

Week 6 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump. As always I'm going to rely on y'all to keep me in check so leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust the poll as necessary.

  • Boring - My top nine teams held steady. Everyone won the games they should. I don't think Oklahoma's win blowout against Texas justifies them jumping either Alabama or LSU. I still don't know anything about Stanford except they have Luck, their schedule is back-loaded.
  • Kansas State - The power towel era is behind them. Bill Snyder's program is rolling once again, and they've beaten some good teams.
  • Virginia Tech - If the defense played like they did against wake they'd be ranked higher. That might not happen for a while with G-W done for the year, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th DTs still small and green and Gayle hobbling around. However, I am very much encouraged the offense looks capable of bringing the team back from behind.
  • Washington - The Huskies are my last team in. Is anyone else more deserving of the 25th spot?

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

The Key Play: Week 6

5-1

After the Clemson loss, French wrote that we didn't have an identity on offense. At the time it was hard to disagree. And to keep things is perspective Miami was just one, albeit beautifully called and executed, game. However, going into the season that's how I expected the offense to look each week. Our talented receivers spread out Miami's defense. Logan found the open guys on high percentage throws. We ran a heavy dose of zone read to take advantage of Logan's size and Wilson's which loosened up the box. At that point it's pick your poison. The offensive line won't dominate the line of scrimmage every time, or even every other time, like we'd like them to in more pro-style / "I-formation" attack, but in a spread scheme they don't have to. They're quite good at blocking in space, occupying a man long enough for David Wilson to find the crease and spring a play, and they're damn good at pass blocking.

The final four play calls were pretty brilliant, although during the game I went ballistic after the three consecutive runs starting from 1st and 10 at the Miami 28. Let's take a closer look.

1st and 10 Miami 28

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