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Spring Review: the good, the bad, and the ugly

April 21, 2008

So, the spring practice session has come to a close with the traditional Maroon vs White spring game to cap what is one of the most bizarre yet question filled preseason for Virginia Tech football. Questions to ask: will one QB emerge? Who will take over as our starting running back? What about the wide receivers? Will our defense be the same with out 9-11? Let’s take a look…

The Good: Kam Chancelor, Darren Evans, Brandon Dillard, Macho Harris, Jason Worilds, Sean Glennon, and Greg Boone.
Why? Kam Chance has made the move from rover to free safety and is absolutely dominating. VT safeties typically have a lot of tackles because they are always involved in the run, not to mention the guy can defend the pass and flat out hit. Good move there. Darren Evans has taken full advantage of Ore’s departure, and the injuries to KLew and Cheese – this guy may be our starting back this fall: he has size, speed, and can really hit the hole. Brandon Dillard is stepping up as the go to guy in our unfamiliar receiving core – in case you didn’t notice, he made people miss all over the place in the spring game – a lot to like there! Not much needs to be said for Harris, as he is going to be all over the field this year – offense, defense, and special teams – it should be a great year for him. Worilds is absolutely punishing our offensive line, which is good…he will help our line get better and will be in the opposing team’s backfield a lot. Sean Glennon, why do you torture us? All spring he has been hitting receivers in stride and making smart decisions – let’s hope he does the same this fall. Lastly, Greg Boone may end up being the offensive MVP this year – he has shown terrific hands and great blocking, not to mention he has been running a little bit, too. Imagine him in the backfield for a few series…scary!

The bad: Offensive line, our place kickers, and anyone not named Macho/Kam in the secondary.
Why? Do we really have to explain why our offensive line is so bad? It’s early, yes, but one can only wonder how they will hold up this fall. We need this unit to gel a bit more than they have, so let’s see what summer workouts can do. We have a long way to go until ECU. Of course we have some issues in our secondary other than Kam and Macho, but we can say that Cris Hill is looking pretty smooth, but he just needs a little bit of work. My guess is Macho doesn’t get the ball thrown his way too much this year…

The ugly: Tyrod Taylor, The Cheeeeeeese, our linebackers, and the depth on our DLine.
Why? The next great thing from Hampton Roads has had an ugly spring. No offense to him, but he still has some work to do before he leads us to glory. This is no knock on him at all, but he only makes one read and starts running, but hey, at least he can run. Glennon will take one look and then get pasted by a lineman or linebacker because well, he just can’t run. Tyrod will be a phenom when he leaves VT, but still has a lot to learn. The reason we put Cheese on here is not because of how he played (he was actually quite awesome), but more because the man can not catch a break. Fumbles and lack of blocking were holding him back before, but now he has a broken fibula and is out for six weeks – talk about tough luck. The linebackers are doing OK, but they have to go here because they are not Vince Hall or Xavier Adibi. Purnell Sturdivant and Brett Warren are trying their best to fill in admirably, but it won’t be the same. Again, no knock on them, but we will miss the best two linebackers to ever attend VT. Lastly, while we have some serious players on the defensive line in Worilds and John Graves, we just lack some serious depth. An injury or two could really cause some trouble for us.

So that’s it for the spring, folks, as the players now have a break until they resume practice in August. What can we expect? At this point, don’t be shocked if we lose to BC and FSU on the road. For now, I think we finish 10-2 and play and win the ACC title game. Until seen otherwise, the Hokies have the ACC to lose.

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Who’s staying and who’s leaving?

January 17, 2008


Now that the Virginia Tech 2007-08 football season is complete, we can now look forward to our abundance of talent returning next year…or can we? Let’s take a look, shall we?

Key losses (offense): Josh Morgan, Eddie Royal, Justin Harper, Josh Hyman Carlton Weatherford, Duane Brown, Jud Dunlevy (for all intents and purposes, he will be listed here)

Obviously we are losing a ton of talent at the wide receiver position. Even though most of us will not miss Josh Morgan and his numerous dropped passes, lack of intensity, and horrible blocking, guys like Royal, Harper, and Hyman will be missed because they worked hard and made plays.

Likewise, we lose senior leadership on the offensive line from Duane Brown, although did any of us really think he did much? Seriously, he can be replaced.

So, who is missing from this list? You got it. Both Sean Glennon and Branden Ore will be returning for their finals year at Virginia Tech, even though both are in line to lose their starting positions.

Expect either the two QB system to improve or Tyrod to take complete control of the offense next year. It’s pretty obvious that Glennon needs another year to improve his draft stock, but he seems to choke in the big games, and that just won’t cut it if VT ever wants to make a push to be considered an elite team. Never have we seen a QB who stares down his first option and it is not open, he takes a sack. That is just ridiculous and you will never be successful as a QB if that’s your style

Likewise, my guess is that the coaches will not simply hand Ore the starting job as he has much to prove: 1) Get and stay in shape, 2) Stay out of trouble, 3) Actually start caring about the team instead of himself. What are the odds of all three happening? My guess is slim to none. Speaking of which, does anyone else think Beamer is a bit too lenient? That’s a whole other story, but seriously, how many chances do our “troubled” players get? BLAH! Expect Kenny Lewis, Jr. and Jahre Cheeseman to make a move to other positions (think defensive side of the ball) and redshirt freshmen Darren Evans and Josh Oglesby and true freshman Ryan Williams to dethrone him. However, with Ore coming back, it seems likely that Williams will redshirt (which is a damn shame because he is an AMAZING talent, but we’ll see).

Key losses (defense): Vince Hall , Xavier Adibi , Brandon Flowers , D.J. Parker , Chris Ellis , Barry Booker , Carlton Powell

The losses on the defensive side of the ball are simply unreal. Lucky for us, shortly after Macho Harris said he would go to the NFL, he decided to stay another year . However, you can NEVER, and I mean, NEVER replace a Vince Hall or Xavier Adibi. Not only were they just freaks of nature on the field, they were also leaders of the defense.

We lose a lot on the defensive front line, but Hokies, do not worry! We have guys like Jason Worilds, John Graves, and Nekos Brown who will do an excellent job, and quite possibly even BETTER than the guys this year. So, no worries here.

What can we say about Hall and Adibi? Seriously, this is where we should worry. We do have Cam Martin coming back, which will be nice and Brett Warren should do a good job filling in for Hall, but who is going to take Adibi’s spot? This is a big, BIG concern. However, like I said, you can not replace a Vince Hall or Xavier Adibi. This will be a position to monitor during the spring.

Our secondary received a huge boost when Macho decided he would return for another year. Like most Hokies, I thought he needed another year to develop his technique, as he relies on his athleticism too much. Next year he will be our shutdown corner and also be used on special teams and offense – he should be really special. However, we are losing Flowers and Parker, which will definitely sting just a bit. Look for Rashad Carmichael, Stephan Virgil, or Cris Hill to step in and be our boundary corner while sophomore Davon Morgan will step in for D.J. Parker. Our secondary has holes, but it has a whole lot of talent as well. We’ll see what happens.

So, there you have it. Lot’s of things going on with the Virginia Tech football team. Might I add that we are bringing in our best recruiting class ever and don’t be surprised if a few of them play this year. There are a lot of questions to be answered during the spring and it should be fun to watch! Still, expect to see the Hokies in the ACC title game next year, and may even have the talent to win it. See you next year!

The Greatest Season of All Time

December 22, 2007

The regulars here at the North End Zone (or the NEZ, as the kids know it) are only human. So we like when one of our relative unknowns drops by. Here’s Steve (file photo on the right) to give us a run down of the past year in college football.

Never in the history of college football have we witnessed a season with such unpredictability as we saw this past year. From week one through the regular season finale, upsets ran rampant, and in the process shook up the top 10 continuously. Ironically, the two most dangerous rankings for teams were #1 and #2, with major powerhouses such as Ohio State, LSU, Florida, and Oklahoma all stumbling to seemingly inferior programs, many of which were unranked. Now we are at the time of year where ESPN effectively combines marching bands’ cadences with the 12 Days of Christmas, setting up two weeks loaded with bowl games with ridiculously named sponsors. And while the biggest story currently in the sports world is that the George Mitchell costume will be the hot item for Halloween 2008, we cannot overlook what was in the college football world. With that said, I give you the Top 10 moments of the 2007 season.
#10—Gundy goes berserk

At a press conference, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy responded fiercely to the media after an article was written criticizing one of his players. Supposedly, the article mentions the quarterback sitting on the sideline smiling after being pulled from a game due to mistakes made. In addition to the reportedly lax attitude the player had, he also was supposedly seen being fed food from his mother around the stadium before the game began. In response, Gundy attacked the media by ranting that the article was garbage and that a player should not be criticized when he didn’t do anything wrong. Gundy surprisingly received applause at the end of the conference. While standing behind and defending his player was noble, the true effect of what Gundy was getting across was overlooked by many in place of his screaming and absurd phrases. If you don’t think this story should make the top 10, don’t come after me. I’m not a man…I’m not 40.

#9—LSU survives two marathon losses…and gets a trip to the Big Easy

This article isn’t really supposed to be opposing or supporting the BCS system (Corey, I’ll leave that for you to handle). LSU was ranked #1 or #2 all season, depending on which of the one million polls you look at to determine the nation’s best team. Then the Tigers rolled into Lexington, and fell to Andre Woodson’s Kentucky squad…but it took three overtimes. Due to the top-ranked curse this season, LSU climbed back to #2, before falling on Black Friday at home to Darren McFadden and Arkansas. That took 3 OT’s as well, even with LSU playing horrendous red zone defense. But thanks to Missouri’s and West Virginia’s shortcomings to end the season, the Bayou Bengals still made the National Championship. Say what you will about who is the best team in the country, but LSU deserves a shot after losing twice from 6 OT’s.

#8—Colt Brennan breaks record, Heisman voters’ guts

Thank god this guy got rid of his N Sync hairdo. Brennan had center stage on Black Friday against Boise State. That night, Brennan broke BYU’s Ty Detmer’s all-time TD passing mark, and in the process, clinched the WAC title with a win over the Broncos (how lucrative). A week later, Hawaii capped its perfect season with a victory over Washington. However, Brennan and the Warriors never really played anybody all season (I wish VT could play San Jose State every year). In the season where there was never a Heisman front runner, Brennan finished third—not second—in the Heisman voting, even with the new TD record playing a part in the voters’ minds. So here’s how the rest of Brennan’s career will go: he’ll lose a close game to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, become a late first- or early second-round draft pick, get drafted by the Eagles, play for a while and suck, then ride the bench and slowly phase out of the NFL. In other words, Ty Detmer reincarnated.

#7—Navy ends 44-game skid

Much to the chagrin of Gally, the Midshipmen ended a 44-game losing streak by edging out Notre Dame in triple OT. The last time Navy beat Notre Dame, you ask? 1963, when Roger Staubach QB’d Navy before leading America’s Team to a Super Bowl title. In its worst season in history, Notre Dame was still picked by many to beat their traditional military rivals. Hey, at least the Irish won the Texas Instruments Academic Bowl with season-ending wins over Duke and Stanford.

#6—God, I really hate Matt Ryan

As a Hokie, this was harder to watch than the back-to-back collapses to Pittsburgh in 2002 and 2003. The Hokies scored on a TD pass in the second quarter, as Glennon hooked up with Eddie Royal on the 8-yard score. Jud Dunlevy added to the lead with a 44-yard field goal in the third quarter. Aside from those two scores, the game was ugly, as both teams struggled to move the ball effectively in the torrential downpour. That is, until the fourth quarter, when Matt Ryan connected on a 16-yard TD pass to Rich Gunnell to cut the lead to 10-7. VT knew the onside kick was coming from the Eagles, and they couldn’t recover. BC went back to work, moved the ball well against the Hokies’ prevent defense, and finally took the game away from the Blacksburg faithful when Ryan threw a 24-yard TD to wide-open Andre Callender. Never have I heard Lane Stadium so quiet. More people speak during the National Anthem then they were at that moment. In a little over two minutes, BC took the momentum, the lead, and the game to keep its undefeated streak alive for the time being.

#5—Revenge is a dish best served cold

BC looked like it had never left Lane Stadium early on in the ACC Championship. Jamie Silva returned a fumble 51 yards for the game’s first score. VT would later respond with a Glennon TD pass to Josh Morgan. But it was Special Teams—as always—that helped VT stay in this game. The Hokies blocked a field goal early on, and blocked a PAT after Ryan scampered for a 14-yard score. Brandon Flowers, who played arguably the best season for any of Tech’s defensive players, returned the block for two points. Glennon hit Josh Hyman late in the third to tie it at 16, and then hit Eddie Royal in the fourth to give VT the lead. Ryan and the Eagles were driving late for a tie, but Xavier Adibi’s pick six sealed the win. The Hokies had won their second ACC title in their four year existence in the conference, while BC finished the season poorly, losing three games and settling for a sub par bowl.

#4—Mizzou and Kansas have football teams?

Kudos to Missouri and Kansas. In one season, we saw Missouri ranked #1 and Kansas ranked #2. Kansas was largely the bigger story for much of the season since KU was unranked until the second-to-last week of the season. However, the Jayhawks never really challenged themselves during the season, having no games against Texas or Oklahoma. Believe it or not, College Gameday was live from Kansas City to see Missouri and Kansas go at it, with a trip to the Big 12 Championship on the line. Missouri won the game, only to see its BCS chances crumble the next week in San Antonio with a loss to the Sooners. Mizzou is now the team on the outside looking in, while KU gets an at-large bid to play the Hokies in Miami. Still, great stories this year for two VERY surprising teams in the Midwest.

#3—Jim Harbaugh makes the news after 12 years??

USC had a 35-game home winning streak. The lowly Stanford Cardinal were 1-3. Jim Harbaugh, who is most famous for being one Hail Mary away from Super Bowl XXX, walked into the Coliseum as the Cardinal coach. The Trojans looked sluggish the week before, escaping Seattle with a close win over Washington. Again, USC let Stanford hang around throughout the game, and could never close the door completely. Finally, with 49 seconds left, Tavida Pritchard tossed a 10-TD pass to Mark Bradford, on fourth down. The extra point was the difference as Stanford shocked USC with the upset win. The loss shook up the Trojans as they later lost to a then-impressive Oregon team, and while they ended the season strong and earned a trip back to the Rose Bowl, they never fully recovered to their former National Champion form.

#2—“We Are United” on center stage

Forget everything about sports. The events that unfolded on April 16 in Blacksburg were atrocious, unforgettable, and heartbreaking. Cho Sueng-Hui shot and killed 32 students and faculty, including my good friend Ryan “Stack” Clark, before taking his own life. VT students, hopefuls, and alumni all banded together and consoled one another. VT Coach Frank Beamer added his sympathy and vowed that the Hokies would be ready for its season opener against East Carolina. The Hokies came out slow, and trailed at one point 7-3. But Victor Harris’ INT for a TD was the turning point as Virginia Tech opened the season with a 17-7 win. An emotional tribute was shown on the big screen at Lane Stadium, honoring the 32 victims. Three months later, VT won the ACC title, which was a tribute to the 32 Hokies who represented our great college as best as anyone could.

#1—AA > A

If you’re a Hokie, you want to put #2 above as the top story. However, strictly from a college football aspect, you cannot overlook the game that ended shortly after the VT-ECU game. This game inspired my first article on this site. Appalachian State QB Armanti Edwards was phenomenal the Mountaineers walked into the Big House, held off over 100,000 Big Ten fans, and stunned Michigan 34-32. Never has the college football world witnessed such an improbable upset. The final play when ASU blocked the Wolverines’ potential game-winning field goal was played time and time again throughout the season, and will continue to remind us that every game on the schedule counts, whether it’s against an arch conference rival, or a small Division 1-AA school from the mountains of Boone, NC.

This has been the best college football season I can remember. Everything that could happen, did happen. Now, we are on the doorsteps of the Bowl season, which is loaded with intriguing games, especially the BCS series. And before the collegiate level switches gears to prepare for March Madness, 30+ games are waiting to be played for many schools, while one school wants one more opportunity to give something back to the amazing and courageous 32 who gave so much.

Orange Bowl Bound!!!

December 2, 2007

Much more to come later, but just to whet the appetite, here is a list of drinks that can be made with oranges/orange juice:

Blue Whip (Cocktail. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Orange vodka, Blue Curacao, Orange juice, Sprite, Ice, Orange

Mary’s Dream (Ordinary Drink. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Light rum, Triple sec, Orange juice, Orange bitters, Orange

Abbey Cocktail (Ordinary Drink. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Gin, Orange bitters, Orange, Cherry

Absinthe Curacao Frappe (Other/Unknown. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Absinthe, Curacao, Lemon juice, Orange juice, Orange

Aqua Fodie (Other/Unknown. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Gin, Blue Curacao, Orange juice, Ice, Orange, Cherry

Blue Wave (Punch / Party Drink. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Hpnotiq, White wine, Orange juice, Ginger ale, Apple, Grapes, Orange, Kiwi

Campari Milkshake (Milk / Float / Shake. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Milk, Orange juice, Campari, Ice, Orange

Chapala (Ordinary Drink. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Tequila, Triple sec, Grenadine, Orange juice, Lemon juice, Orange

Eskimo Joe’s drink (Ordinary Drink. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Pineapple, Lemon, Apple, Orange, Ice, Yoghurt, Orange juice, Malibu rum

Good Morning To You My Love (Ordinary Drink. Non alcoholic.)Ingredients: Orange, Lime, Apple, Orange juice, Apple juice, Whipping cream, Ice

Heartbreaker’s Special (Cocktail. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Vodka, Passoa, Pineapple juice, Orange juice, Orange, Ice

Irish Spring (Ordinary Drink. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Irish whiskey, Peach brandy, Orange juice, Sweet and sour, Orange, Cherry

Johnny on the beach (Ordinary Drink. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Vodka, Orange juice, Bitter lemon, Ice, Orange

Jungle Boogie Punch (Punch / Party Drink. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Brown sugar, Orange, Water, Light rum, Dark rum, Pineapple juice, Mango juice, Orange juice, Lime, Pineapple, Mango, Orange, Nutmeg

Mai Tai, Michael’s Ultimate (Ordinary Drink. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Lime, Dark rum, Light rum, Orange liqueur, Orange, Lemon, Pineapple juice, Sugar

Mandarin Dream (Cocktail. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Absolut Mandrin, Orange juice, Cranberry juice, Orange

Meiner (Ordinary Drink. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Gin, Orange juice, Orange, Campari

Oklahoma Tropical Twister (Punch / Party Drink. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Cream of coconut, Pineapple juice, Orange juice, Grenadine, Spiced rum, Orange, Pineapple, Maraschino cherry

Orange Blossom (Ordinary Drink. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Gin, Orange juice, Sugar, Orange

P.T.O. (Ordinary Drink. Alcoholic.)Ingredients: Dark rum, Vodka, Triple sec, Orange juice, Orange

THE Game of the Year

December 1, 2007

Here it is folks: GAMETIME.

This is THE game of the year. The prior BC game means nothing other than a stock highlight for BC. This is the game that makes them sick to watch that highlight. This is where we need to make something special happen.

Want to be a big time college football program? WIN THIS GAME.

Want to talk about winning a National Championship? WIN THIS GAME.

Want those special recruits like Michael Vick (sans the douche-baggery)? WIN THIS GAME.

Big time teams win big time games, and this is our chance. This is our opportunity to climb up from that second tier of football teams. This is the kind of game USC, Ohio State, and Texas win: the big games that they are supposed to win.

Let’s do it boys.

Predictions:

Gally: 24 – 20
Tim: 27 – 9
DiP: 28 – 10
Dan: 31 – 17
GWay: 27 – BC broken
Wright: 30 – 21
BBull: 27 – 21
Lady Gally: 27 -24
Corso: Hopefully BC winning

LET’S GO HOKIES!!!!

VT vs BC, take two…

December 1, 2007

R-E-V-E-N-G-E…find out what it means to me. Not quite, but you get the idea – ask and ye shall receive. The fans wanted it and they got it: the grudge match. The winner take all ACC title game featuring the Hokies of Virginia Tech and the Eagles of Boston College. Take your pick…Vegas has the Hokies at -4

Who will score more?

Certainly not Matt Ryan…but seriously – anyone get that krazy feeling this could be an offensive shootout? The O/U is 46, not too shabby. Everyone keeps yappin’ about the Hokies defense (and for good reason) wanting to come out firing, but we should all realize now we’re up against one King Ryan, who feasts in his own glory, while also throwing it up on the sidelines (bet his girl still kissed him that night). Regardless, both teams have good offenses and there could be punch after punch before it’s all said and done. Tyrod is something new to BC and Sean and the line is much different. Then again, Ryan and his underlings (AKA all of his running backs) love to put together sneaky little passes. BOre is slipping through the cracks and creases of the new OLine and the E-Money and company have never been playing stronger. Either way, these two offenses are capable of going off at any moment. Call me krazy, but this is a push.

Where it’s all won

Defense wins championships. If this holds true, then the boys in O&M will spill last blood in this one. The unit is #2 in the country in scoring defense and #4 in total defense (YPG). Something else to figure into the equation: some guy named Vince Hall is back. Think BC will notice?

Likewise, BC is no slouch themselves, coming in at #19 in scoring defense and #26 in total defense, which includes the 2nd best rush defense in the country. Lest we forget that this defense hasn’t played anyone that great outside of Clemson and VT. Might we also forget that Ore was able to muster about nearly 100 on this bunch with injuries and that piss-poor OLine of the past. So much for that shootout, right? Still possible, just not probable. Too much talent here. Ain’t no question about it. Advantage to the Hokies.

If there ever was an X-factor, this is it

Trivia question of the night: Who was the recent Hokie to break the all-time record in the ACC for punt return yards? If you said Eddie Royal, then kudos. If you got it wrong, then may God have mercy on your soul (he is a Hokie, you know…ask Lee Corso). Anyway, think he might make a difference in the game? You can certainly believe we’ll need ole’ Jud due to our frequent red-zone falters. What else is there? Could we see a blocked kick? Who knows, its the ACC title game – anything can happen. BC has no answer for our special team; it’s not even close. Give this one, and then some, to the Hokies.

Leave it all out on the gridiron, gentlemen. This is the second time in three years the Hokies have been in the ACC title game since it was put into place. It’s beginning to feel like a second home! Either way, we should like the Hokeis chances here. Not only will they cover, but they will cover big.

VT 38, BC 17

Another group of UVA seniors graduate without a win over Tech

November 28, 2007

There is nothing like beating UVA. Nothing. From the stadium having 40% Hokies to the crushing of their ACC dreams, Saturday was just spectacular. Not that we didn’t all almost have heart attacks when we were losing, but still.

First off: WE BLOCKED A FREAKING PUNT. Anyone else jump up and down on their couch? Blocking punts is the bees knees (yeah, I said it). Granted we got a whole field goal out of it. But it was still awesome.

Hey, does anyone know who started UVA? I could really use an inspirational quote from whoever it might be.

This two quarterback thing is great. Can it really be… are the players not letting their egos get in way of a good gameplan?

That’s another thing: Stinespring has been impressive. We’re still settling for field goals because of offensive stalls, and the reverse was a TERRIBLE call. But the offense looks 10 times better than before. I can’t believe those words are coming out of my mouth.

The D is beastly as always. Vince Hall is my hero, replacing Leonardo.

As for the ACC Championship Game, we’re there. That was step one. The goal of this season (for non-delusional people) was to win the ACC. No matter what happened during the regular season, we’d have to win this game to make a BCS bowl. So we’re there.

I think we are going to win. We have the momentum, Hall and Tyrod back, and there will be twice as many Hokies in Jacksonville as Eagles.

So here we go. You want to call Tech an elite program? Elite programs win these games year in and year out. Let’s make it happen.

GO HOKIES!!

PS – Thoughts and prayers to all Skins fans out there and Sean’s family. Redskins fans (as much as they annoy me) are some of the best fans in the NFL.

Game preview: Virginia Tech vs Virginia

November 23, 2007

Alright, folks, here we are again. One year removed from the 17-0 Hokies domination over the Hoos. It’s neither here nor there, but let us all be reminded that last year, UVA didn’t even cross midfield! Quite a performance, but then again, it’s not very hard to make UVA look like a bunch of creampuffs. Of course the trash talking comes with this matchup, and especially this year since the game is worth so much. So, here is what we can expect.

Tailgating
UVA – Sporting the nifty picnic style of tailgating, the Hoos offer a variety of delectable treats that range from caviar and sardines to Zima and Smirnoff Ice. How can you go wrong? Standing pretty in their coats and ties and pretty little dresses, the Cavaliers tailgating scene reminds me a lot of being at the Preakness. Maybe the Hoos will put prize horse Street Sense in the game.

VT – Let’s be real. The Hokies certainly know how to put together a tailgate. After attending numerous away game tailgates, it is quite obvious that not only do we know how to travel, but we know how to tailgate. Take your pick: chicken, steak, barbecue, BEER, LIQUOR, etc., etc., etc. There is no other way to say this…Hoos, get a notepad and learn from your neighbors.

Advantage: Hokies.

Offense
UVA – OK, so we have to give props to Jameel Sewell. Quite frankly, he deserves mention of the ACC MVP. He certainly is not the best player by any means, but he is most certainly the most valuable player on that squad. He has made countless plays to help UVA get into position to win most of their ballgames. Converted wide receiver Mikell Simpson has done an admirable job in his past four games, racking up nearly 400 yards. The big point of emphasis that needs to be made is this…WHO HAVE THEY PLAYED?? Answer? NO ONE!

VT – Is Branden Ore ready to have his coming out party? For whatever reason, it seems like Saturday is the time. He is firing on all cylinders and finally looks healthy. Sean Glennon will lead the way in our passing attack while Tyrod Taylor will certainly keep the UVA offense honest with his dangerous arm and legs. Justin Harper is simply a man on a mission and the rest of his partners will certainly get the job done. The Hokies have put up 350+ yards in each of the last 3 games and we shouldn’t expect any less against UVA.

Advantage: Hokies.

Defense
UVA – Chris Long. Yikes! This man is absolutely ferocious. We should expect to see many double teams as the son of Howie Long will be quite a task to handle. On the other side, Jeffrey Fitzgerald is also putting together a very nice season. Together, those two will be a force to reckon with on the edges and the Hokies have to be careful because one blind side hit and we easily turn it over. Outside of that, the Hoos have a good core of linebackers, but their secondary is poor. The Hoos actually are ranked in the top 10 in points allowed, but again, who have they played?

VT – Umm…is this really necessary? We all know the type of defense we have. Chris Ellis is a man on fire, while we have one of the best trios of linebackers to go along with our elite corners in Brandon Flowers and Macho Harris. Since the stumbling at LSU, the Hokies have never looked back and have peaked at the right time. While we shouldn’t expect the Hokies to keep the Hoos from crossing midfield, they should easily hold the UVA offense in check.

Advantage: Hokies.

Special Teams
UVA – Outside of Chris Gould (PK) and Ryan Weigand (P), the Cavs really don’t impose much of a threat on special teams.

VT – Eddie Royal. He broke the record for all-time punt return yards in the ACC and will continue to extend his record. As always, Jud Dunlevy will pretty much make any field goal and Bowden will average around 45 yards a punt.

Advantage: Hokies.

Game Outlook
This will be the 89th meeting between the two teams and the game has NEVER been more important than this one. While the emotion advantage goes to UVA, it certainly will not be enough. Tech is too fast, too athletic, and has played a much tougher schedule. To be quite honest, this game shouldn’t be close, but if it is, then the Cavs stand a good chance. However, expect the Hokies to roll over the Cavs and punch their ticket to Jacksonville where they will get a rematch with Boston College.

Fearless Score Predictions
BDubs: 35-14
CGally: 28 – 10
BBull: 31 – 10
Steve: 24 – 20*
Dip: 24 – 20*
Tim: 21 – 20
Lady Gally: 24 – 17
Papa Wilhelm: 28-7
Papa Gally: 28 – 14

*adorable

Getting used to this beating teams from Florida thing is pretty sweet

November 19, 2007

Just a few notes from these past 2 weekends:

When was the last time a team took down Florida State and Miami in a season, and when was the last time a team took them down on consecutive weekends? (My guess, Florida at some point for the former, and I doubt the latter has ever happened.)

Blacksburg is WAY too far from Northern Virginia (do you capitalize “Northern”?). Can we relocate the Burg… or northern Virginia (switching it up on ya)?

Miami’s defense is awful. 44 points… for us???? What is going on?

This will be the most painful sentence I have ever written… I liked the offensive play calling by Stinespring… I just threw up a little.

“Turn the Page” by Bob Seger is officially my favorite song ever.

After deciding to root for Clemson at the beginning of their game against BC, I am now happy that BC won. Not only can we get another crack at them (if we beat UVA, of course*) with a healthy Tyrod and Vince Hall, but they looked like a blind high school’s JV team.

*I don’t want to go on a rant here, but why is it not ok for fans to look ahead? Every time I talk about a game further on in the schedule, someone always says, “We just need to concentrate on (insert next opponent).” No, the coaches and players need to concentrate on this week. It’s not like they’ll play any better if I focus on it with all my might.

Interceptions at Lane are just incredible. I would say the place goes even crazier for an INT than for the entrance.

What the hell does “rant” mean?

Yelling at someone for drunkenly falling into your friends three times is AWESOME.

Ok, so 5 years ago, someone tells you that in 2007, Virginia Tech and UVA would play to see who goes to the then non-existent ACC championship game. How many times doyou slap him in the face?

Well that’s it for this weekend. We’ll have a Thanksgiving preview later in the week (not of the games, of my Thanksgiving. Sure to be great). And no, you cannot have you last 10 minutes back.

VT vs. Worst #2 Ever

October 25, 2007

Finally, the time is upon us. It’s Thursday, and it’s about to get loud. Not too much to say right now, so let’s just roll with the predictions:

CGally: 24 – 21
Bbull: 21 – 17
DiP: 19 – 17
Steve: 31 – 23
Tim: 20 – 14
Gway: 17 – 10*
Lady Gally: 24 – 17

* Insert crazy detailed Barry-like prediction.

This is THE game. This is why you went to Virginia Tech, and this is why you decided to stay that extra fall semester.

So let’s get pumped: