1999 Déjà Vu

1999.

Every Hokie fan remembers that year. Michael Vick guides the Hokies to a national championship showdown against Bobby Bowden and the Seminoles. Both teams were 11-0 going into the Sugar Bowl. With a 29-28 lead going into the fourth, the Hokies were only fifteen minutes away from winning their first national title. Virginia Tech lost that game, but gained national relevancy from Michael Vick.
Now, in 2010, this Virginia Tech team may not be headed to the national title, but they do bring back memories from 1999. This Virginia Tech team has the longest winning streak since 1999. This Virginia Tech team forced Miami into six turnovers in a game for the first time since 1999, back when Miami has six against those Hokies. This Virginia Tech team was the first team to go undefeated in the ACC since Florida State did it in 2000. And for the first time since 1999, Florida State beat both Miami and Florida in the same season. Now both Virginia Tech and Florida State meet for another championship. While this isn't the same championship that was played for a decade ago, both teams must treat it as such. 2010 is the new 1999.

Now for only the outcome of that 1999 championship to change.

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Comments

The similarities are abundant.

I think the coaches will treat this game as an opportunity to get the monkey off their back, and they should. However, I hope the players don't carry the weight of '99 with them into Charlotte. It's not their burden. I hope they're living in the now, not looking ahead at what can be, not looking back at would could have been.

On the flip side I think there's some added pressure on Jimbo. He knows FSU is positive in the ledger against VT and I believe most Seminole fans expect them to win this game.

Good words, Welcome, Go Hokies!

Underdog role

Both teams can play the underdog role in this game equally. Florida State was used to being the one to carry the ACC banner, and we have done that lately. We can use this game to show the country that we do know how to play football and that we are able to beat Florida State in a game that really matters. Tyrod should have some extra motivation for this game because of how he got injured in 2008 on the very first play of the game.

DANNY COALE ALL THE WAY TO THE THREE

if the Noles out special team us again

i am going to be pissed. it's like they make a point to shove it in frank's face.

eric

"My advice to you... is to start drinking heavily."-John Blutarsky

I forgot about our special teams futility against FSU.

It would be nice if we could resurrect Beamer Ball for a night.