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.
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.
Editor's Note: For all our lady readers. --Joe
h/t to @SeattleHokie for giving me the idea
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
- 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.