Thursday, December 01, 2005


VOLUME 006 ISSUE 014 (2005.12.01)

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Three Key Plays
Game Review - vs. North Carolina
Game Preview - ACC Championship
The Definition of Irony
Rants & Raves - The BCS Sham
TSF Trivia
ACC Standings
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Three Key Plays
by "Mad" Jay

1) Darryl Tapp turns into a monster and rushes through the line blocking a UNC field goal that would have put the Tarheels up 3-0. The Hokies recover the ball and the ensuing momentum carries the offense to a TD drive.

2) Jesse Holley drops a sure TD pass from UNC QB Matt Baker that would have given the 'Heels the lead 7-6. They have to settle for a FG making it a 6-3 Hokies lead going into halftime.

3) Cedric Humes busts through and scores a tough TD to put the Hokies up 13-3 early in the third quarter. This ended a drive where Humes had almost all the yards and it genuinely set the tone for the rest of the game. Humes and Ore were able to run at will over the Tarheels defense even though the 'Heels knew what was coming.


Game Review - vs. North Carolina
by "Mad" Jay

My first instincts Saturday night watching the Hokie game were sheer panic and utter disgust. In the second half those feelings subsided and I became joyous as VT assured itself of a shot to defend its ACC title. Considering Miami couldn't step up and beat Georgia Tech at home the week before when their ACC hopes were on the line, it goes without saying that some credit is due to the Hokies for winning this game first and foremost.

But having watched the game again, I think my first instincts (as is so often the case) were correct. This was a foreboding game by Tech. Make no mistake, this team has to make substantial improvement before facing Florida State or they will lose the ACC championship game badly. Why do I say this? Read on my Calm and Beloved Reader.

First of all, the offensive line for VT was able to just line up and run over UNC. In the second half, Vick threw ZERO passes past the line of scrimmage. He had two swing/WR screen passes that were almost laterals and the rest of the plays were running plays. The offensive line and the running backs were dominant and they just overpowered the Tarheels, running up the score on the overwhelmed, and in the 4th quarter, dead tired UNC defenders. While I do believe Tech can run on Florida State they will not just be able to line up and run snap after snap of off-tackle and dive plays and expect the same success.

Which brings me to the passing game. I have been known (once or twice perhaps) to exaggerate a little. But if you watch the game footage you will see that of Marcus Vick's passes, the SOLE pass thrown downfield that was on target was a slant to Josh Hyman. The rest of the completions the receivers had to jump up just to have a shot at them. And all of the incompletions were overthrown. All of them. I'll tell you why this makes me so nervous - I can't figure out why Vick was throwing them that way. His arm mechanics are never going to make a "How to Throw the Football" training video, but its been working all season and he was throwing high and long whether he was using a sidearm release or an overhead release. Yes on some of his throws his feet were too happy and shifty, but many of the throws he set his feet and stepped into the throw and still they were overthrown. This performance was on the heels of a passing clinic Vick put on against Virginia. Where is this inaccuracy coming from? The only conclusion I can draw is he's trying to throw the ball too hard, but even that is sketchy. QB coach Kevin Rogers and Vick are the ones who need to work this out this week and find out what the problem is, because obviously Vick has the ability to get the job done.

Before I move on to the defense let me pause and give credit to Cedric Humes. Wow, what a game he had. He very likely only has two games left in his football career and I genuinely hope he plays them like he has played the last two. It's been fun to watch him get back to how he ran before the foot injury in the spring of 2004. I also am going to give credit to offensive coordinator Brian Stinespring for recognizing how badly Vick was struggling and sticking with the running game for the entire second half. It wasn't exactly the most challenging analysis of the season to recognize this, but by God, I'll take any good signs coming out of the Stinespring camp that may indicate his possible improvement.

Oh and I would be remiss if I also didn't throw in a word about UNC QB Matt Baker. I'll tell you guys something - give me 11 players with the heart and fight of Matt Baker six days a week and twice on Saturday (I know, it's Sunday, but this is college football we're talking about here so talk to the hand). This Baker kid got the snot knocked out of him repeatedly throughout the game and he kept putting ball after ball on the money only to see his receivers repeatedly drop them. He also made some plays with his feet. And this entire performance was conducted in front of a very hostile crowd on national TV where most of the night was spent on the UNC side of the field. I just can't say enough about Matt Baker. I love the Hokies' QB and wouldn't trade him for anyone in the country, but the Tarheels have a winner taking snaps for them and I hope they know it.

Okay, now time for the defense. Just like in the Miami game, the defense played hard. But their lack of focus and execution in the first half was just so damn worrisome. It is only because the UNC players had much less talent than the Hurricanes that the results were different from the Miami game. Now, in the second half the defense played much better. I attribute a lot of that to Bud Foster. But with your shot at the ACC title game on the line, how do you come out and play that unfocused??? Receivers were open all over the field (they just kept dropping passes). Xavier Adibi made the wrong read on two runs that I saw, and he couldn't beat the block of a running back on a blitz he was on. Even Vince Hall dropped a VERY easy interception return for a touchdown. These are plays that, and I can't put it any more simply than this, HAVE to be made against FSU. The Seminoles will make some mistakes on offense, and the defense just has to capitalize. It takes focus and concentration to do it. I have nothing bad to say about Darryl Tapp's or Jimmy Williams' performance, but I bet it's no coincidence that they are seniors and understood what was on the line from the opening gun Saturday night.

Finally, a quick comment on the officiating is necessary. The comment is !*@(&#*(!@#$&*()&^%# (edited out due to the family nature of our audience). Seriously, both UNC and Tech can be sick at the officiating on Saturday night. Jeff King's TD pass wasn't a TD, and it didn't even get the instant replay review. Marcus Vick's fumble wasn't reviewable (down by contact was the ruling by the official and that is not reviewable), but the official made the wrong call. Vick fumbled. There was a terrible holding call on Tech offensive lineman Jason Murphy. They may as well not even let lineman block if that was holding. But even that was trumped by the insane pass interference call against Hokie safety Justin Hamilton at the end of the game. Between that call and last week's horrid pass interference call against D.J. Parker, I have concluded that the officials just are not capable of making this call in real time. This must become a reviewable play. Similar to the down-by-contact ruling, the rule should be that if the referee does not call pass interference, you cannot review the play and decide there was pass interference. But if the ref calls it, the replay booth needs the right to overturn blatantly wrong calls.

The score of the UNC game suggests it was a big win to build on, but I disagree. I think it was only a good win in terms of where it puts the Hokies, which is obviously in position to defend their ACC crown. I wish I could say that Tech was just looking past UNC but they couldn't have been because they had to beat UNC to make it to the ACC title game. Emotion goes a long way in college football and I am sure the Hokie seniors will have the team fired up. They certainly have the talent. But the coaches need to make sure that the team is very focused from the beginning of the game. We have seen what happens when the team is focused and when it isn't.

Well, I am headed to Jacksonville to see what happens, so GO HOKIES!!!


Game Preview - ACC Championship
by Brian "Where's the Ice?"

In the ACC's inaugural championship game this Saturday, the Florida State Seminoles will face off against the Virginia Tech Hokies. ACC fans have waited more than two full seasons to watch this event come to fruition, and now it will finally happen.

College Football fans of two seasons ago would have felt very comfortable in their own skin predicting a Miami vs. FSU contest and the Hokies just beginning to emerge from mediocrity. However, after the Hokie's triumph over the ACC last season, many predicted an almost sure appearance by FSU but an equal chance for a Miami and Virgina Tech appearance representing the Coastal division. With a win against UNC last week and a very big helping hand from Georgia Tech last week, the Hokies have secured the right to defend their ACC title.

So what do the Hokies have up against them in this year's FSU squad? Let's start with a broad look at the team's season. The Seminoles began the season with a hard fought win over Miami. Quarterbacks Kyle Wright and Drew Weatherford made their starts as very inexperienced newcomers to their respective high profile roles. The game progressed with a number of rookie erros on offense. Neithers team's scoring units had very much to show for their offensive stats. Defense decided this game, and FSU came out on top when the clock reached 0:00.

FSU continued their season with a strong opening claiming a win against Boston College, and then continuing to increase the number under their wins column against Syracuse and Wake Forest. Then came Virginia who handed them what many thought would turn out as the biggest upset in the ACC all season. Little did College Football fans know, FSU would only squeak by Maryland and then drop another game to NC State. While their season opener opponent, Miami, had shown steady improvement, the 'Noles had shown a contrasting steady decline. Their offense didn't come together to put up the numbers needed to put FSU-like points on board despite productive numbers in stats. And all the while, their defense didn't play up to the FSU standard of seasons past. This trend continued as they ended their regular season with a three game skid losing to Clemson and in state rival Florida. By their good fortune of Boston College slipping up against North Carolina, FSU still got the bid to the ACC championship based on the head-to-head tie breaker.

Getting down to the nitty gritty, over the season, FSU's overall defense falls towards the middle of the ACC. Their pass defense does a little better than okay, but it doesn't come very close to that of Miami or our beloved Hokies. The Seminoles allowed 2023 yards in receiving during the regular season, exceeding that of the Hokies by nearly 500 yards. FSU's defense against the run game yielded better stats for the year at 1230 yards. This only trails Virginia Tech's stat in this category by a little more than 200 yards.

Examining Florida State's offense gives 'Noles fans some reason for optimisim. In overall offense they nip right at the Heels of the Hokies who lead the conference in this category as well as in defense. FSU leads the ACC in passing offense. They've amassed a whopping 3203 yards in passing. This beats the Hokies by more than 1000 yards. Rushing, on the other hand, doesn't fair as the 'Noles best offensive facit. They finish the season near the bottom of the league with only 1149 yards, more than 1000 yards less than the Hokies.

As FSU has not firmly established a solid running game, Weatherford will utilize wide receivers Chris Davis, Greg Carr, and Willie Reid. Each of them has 500 or more yards in receiving on the season. Hokie wide receivers Josh Hyman, Eddie Royal, and Josh Morgan don't have these kinds of numbers. Only David Clowney has comparable numbers in this regard. More on receiving, FSU Tight end Anthony Hill has 137 yards in receiving; not a Jeff King, but he definitely can do some damage to the Hokie defense.

In rushing, FSU has 5'11" 187 lbs running back Lorenzo Booker. He has amassed the kind of rushing yardage that Mike Imoh, Cedric Humes, and Branden Ore have throughout this year. However, FSU only has one such player while the Hokies have three. The number two tailback for FSU, Leon Washington at 5'9" 202 lbs, has acrued a little less rushing yards than the aforementioned players. Notably the FSU running backs don't have the size of Ore and Humes, so that's one dimension of the rushing game in the Hokies' favor.

FSU will probably lean on their passing game more so than their running game. They don't have as many options that the Hokies do on offense, but you certainly can't call them a one-dimentional squad. The FSU wide receivers will keep Virginia Tech corners Jimmy Williams and Roland Minor quite busy, but if Bud Foster keeps his players in line, organized, and focused, they should handle the FSU offense just fine. FSU's offense has only faced one defense comparable to that of the Hokies, Miami. And they faced that squad during theirs and Miami's first game of the season.

At it's best, Virgina Tech's offense simply has too much firepower for the FSU defense to contain. Quite simply, Virgina Tech will probably get the ball into the paint a number of times. The real question on FSU's end lies in how well their offense can perform against Bud Foster's Hokie defense. As for the Hokies, if they show up the way they did for their game against UVA and the second half of the UNC game, it doesn't matter what FSU does. The Hokies will win. If Virgina Tech doesn't show up to play that way, expect a messy game on both sides.

Virginia Tech (10-1, 7-1 ACC) vs Florida State (7-4, 5-3 ACC)
8:00 pm, Saturday, December 3, Alltel Stadium (77,497)

Other Games to Watch:
Big 12 Championship Colorado vs. Texas: Sat, Dec 3, 1 p.m., ABC
UCLA vs. USC: Sat, Dec 3, 4:30 p.m., ABC


The Defintion of Irony's:

1. The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning
2. An expression or utterance marked by a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning
3. A literary style employing such contrasts for humorous or rhetorical effect
4. Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
5. An occurrence, result, or circumstance notable for such incongruity

Steve Bucemi's:

Bunch of idiots danicing on airplane to a song made famous by a band who died in an airplane crash.

"Mad" Jay's:

The situation Miami fans find themselves in. After purchasing ACC championship game tickets upon defeating the Hokies in Lane Stadium these fans are now selling their tickets on Ebay at a 50% discount to none other than Virginia Tech fans. I purchased my four tickets there (thank you Ebay seller "deercreekgolf" from Coral Gables, FL). The only thing that could be better than this is if it had happened to Virginia fans instead.


Rants & Raves - The BCS Sham
by Brian "Where's the Ice?"

Yes, TSF visited this topic last season, in seasons prior, and now again this year. Yes, commentators, sportswriters, and game announcers have raised this issue. Yes, many people tire and tire and tire from reading, hearing, and thinking about this subject. However, as college football fans we must raise it each year to hold some shred of hope that this will change. Of what topic do I speak? Notre Lame will get a bowl they do not deserve, and that goes part in parcel with the fact that the BCS, even admittedly by those of whom it consists, exists as a big fat sham.

I'll begin applying this yearly defense of the theme by addressing who will get the short end of the BCS stick. Oregon has lost only one game this season, and they lost to a team who has almost completed a third season without a loss (you may have heard of them - the USC Trojans). Oregon has earned an at-large BCS spot along side of Ohio State, but they won't get it because Notre Dame will get higher ratings on the tube. The BCS big wigs don't hide it; they don't have to do so. Fans will tune into the game and watch just because of the perception that the Blue and Gold colors claim a monopoly on all Catholic college sports fans. Well, let me add one little point to this: I'm Catholic, and I ain't pulling for a conference-less Notre Dame. I'll put my Catholic pride in BC, distantly behind the Hokies of course.

The way things will shape up this BCS post season, USC will probably play Texas in the Rose Bowl. As a matter of fact, this looms as a near certainty. Why? These two teams share the top three media favorites for the Heisman Trophy: Reggie Bush, Matt Lionart, and Vince Young. The media wants to see two top five offenses slug it out against respective not-so-top-twenty-five defenses because unfortunately a good story with good hype sells better than a good game. USC has more firepower on offense, so they should win this contest. If Texas has a good day and USC has a mere so-so day, the clock (i.e. last possession) will most likely decide the game. Nonetheless, this game also goes down as a sham because the media has planned this matchup since Week One. Don't expect a fun game. Expect USC to completely choke or make complete fools of the Longhorns.

While not of direct consequence from the BCS, another relevant sham to discuss lies in conference championships, and the ACC's inaugural one serves as a great whipping boy for this pitiful charade. Will the two-loss Hurricanes get to compete for the title? No, the sub-top twenty-five Semiols will, even though they have three in-conference losses and four overall. Now, I don't mean to overlook FSU. They have a formidable outfit (who has albeit slipped deep into mediocrity this season), and they do have the talent and potential of taking the ACC title. But the sham in their title game appearance lies in the question of who has earned it and who deserves it more. So how does this little blurb fit into the BCS sham? FSU, a four loss team, could earn a BCS bowl bid against a one-loss team. Rediculous.

Let's examine one more potential BCS crisis. If, a VERY big if, USC drops to UCLA and Texas drops to Colorado, the BCS will have a rather large PR problem in nine one-loss teams, if you include TCU. So who deserves to play in the game coined as the national championship now? Not that the BCS decision makers will care; they've already got their plans set. But in this scenario we have eight teams who play in conferences with BCS bids, so wouldn't a three round playoff just make sense? I'd go for it, even at the expense of eliminating conference championships.

So now, you're asking, "So for what reason should I care, 'Where's the Ice?' All this complaining won't change a thing!" And on that you make a correct observation, so what do I suggest? DON'T GIVE THE BCS WHAT THEY WANT: MORE DINERO. When Notre Lame gets their undeserved bid to the Fiesta Bowl or Sugar Bowl this year, don't watch. Aside from the sheer satisfaction of their opposition running up a landside score on them, you probably won't get a whole lot of excitement out of the game anyways. Notre Dame played one excellent game this year and nine others a little better than the opposition. While this year's team does have a better squad than those of most recent years, they don't have a single win over a team currently ranked in the top twenty five.

Jesus still loves you if you don't pull for Notre Dame.



TSF Trivia

(1) You will never read te word "undefeated" in any issue of TSF until the Hokies have lost in the season or if the Hokies did in fact complete an undefeated season.

(2) The ACC has named Frank Beamer the conference Coach of the Year. Read more here: This makes two years in a row!

(3) The ACC named Marcus Vick, Jason Murphy, and Will Mongomery to the First Offense of the All-ACC Football Team, and they've named Jeff King and Jimmy Martin to the Second Offense of the All-ACC Football Team.

(4) The ACC named Darryl Tapp and Jimmy Williams to the First Defensive All-ACC team, and they've named Jonathan Lewis and Vince Hall to the Second Defensive All-ACC team.

(5) The ACC has only had three teams ranked in the top 10 throughout this entire season: USC, Texas, and Virginia Tech.


ACC Standings

Florida State...5-3 7-4
Boston College..5-3 8-3
Clemson.........4-4 7-4
NC State........3-5 6-5
Maryland........3-5 5-6
Wake Forest.....3-5 4-7

Virginia Tech...7-1 10-1
Miami...........6-2 9-2
Georgia Tech....5-3 7-4
North Carolina..4-4 5-6
Virginia........3-5 6-5
Duke............0-8 1-10



|AP |USA Today |Harris |BCS |TSF
1|USC (50) |USC (49) |USC (98) |USC |USC (2)
2|Texas (14)|Texas (13)|Texas (15)|Texas |Texas (1)
3|LSU |LSU |Penn St |Penn St |Penn St
4|Penn St |Penn St |LSU |LSU |Va Tech
5|Va Tech |Va Tech |Va Tech |Va Tech |LSU
6|Ohio St |Ohio St |Ohio St |Ohio St |Oregon
7|Notre Dame|Notre Dame|Notre Dame|Oregon |UCLA
8|Oregon |Oregon |Oregon |Notre Dame|Miami (FL)
9|Auburn |Auburn |Auburn |Miami (FL)|Auburn
10|Miami (FL)|Miami (FL)|Miami (FL)|Auburn |WVU
12|WVU |WVU |Georgia |UCLA |Notre Dame
13|Georgia |Georgia |WVU |Georgia |Alabama
14|Alabama |Alabama |Alabama |TCU |Texas Tech
15|TCU |TCU |TCU |Alabama |Georgia
16|Louisville|Texas Tech|Texas Tech|Texas Tech|Boston Col
17|Florida |Louisville|Louisville|Florida |TCU
18|Texas Tech|Florida |Florida |Wisconsin |Florida
19|Boston Col|Boston Col|Boston Col|Michigam |Wisconsin
20|Michigan |Wisconsin |Wisconsin |Boston Col|Clemson
21|Wisconsin |Michigan |Michigam |Louisville|Michigan
22|Clemson |Fresno St |Fresno St |Northwstrn|So Carolina
23|Fresno St|Clemson |Clemson |Oklahoma |Ga Tech
24|Ga Tech |Ga Tech |Ga Tech |Ga Tech |Louisville
25|Iowa |Iowa |Iowa |Fresno St |Colorado


Next Issue

Only two more issues left in this season's volume of TechSuperFans. Next week, "Mad" Jay and "Where's the Ice?" will break down our picks for who should go to what bowls. And ofcourse you'll get the usuall game reivew, game preview, and complaints about Notre Dame.


"Mad" Jason Oakley
Anand "EhhTee" Trivedi
Brian "Where's The Ice?" Wrenn


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Wednesday, November 23, 2005


VOLUME 006 ISSUE 013 (2005.11.23)

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Three Key Plays
Game Review - vs. Virginia
Game Preview - vs. North Carolina
ACC Standings

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"There is no way Miami looses this game. If they do, I'll eat my hat!"
-"EhhTee" 8:12 p.m. 11/19/05

Ladies and gentlemen, he actually did eat his hat.


Three Key Plays
by "Mad" Jay

1) The Hokies D stops the Cavaliers on a screen pass on third down on Virginia's first offensive series. After the Hokies go 3 and out on their first possession, Nic Schmitt kicked a terrible punt and the Cavaliers had great field position and a chance to set the tone. Instead the Hokie D came out and obliterated Virginia on three straight plays getting the ball back to the Hokie offense and keeping the game scoreless.

2) Early in the 2nd quarter, ahead only 10-0, Tech is forced to punt from midfield and Schmitt redeems himself by booming a moon shot which Virginia's return man, Michael Johnson, misplays. Brandon Minor recovers for the Hokies and they punch the ball in with Humes from the one-yard line to put the score at 17-0.

3) Humes breaks off a 41-yard jaunt on Tech's first offensive series of the second half. The Cavaliers had just driven down the field (with the help of an impossibly bad pass interference call - more on that later) and scored a TD to make it 24-7. Just as Miami had done a week earlier with a Charlie Jones 29-yard run at the beginning of the 2nd half to set the tone, this time VT and Cedric Humes delivered the knockout blow with Humes' big run. The Hokies scored later in the drive, answering the Cavaliers TD, to make it 31-7 and the game was essentially over.


Game Review - vs. Virginia
by "Mad" Jay

"Victory belongs to the most persevering. "
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821)

I didn't even play in the Miami-Virginia Tech loss and I know it left me hurting, so I imagine it had to hurt the players even more deeply. That's a lot of hurt. Hurt to the point where they would have to question themselves. For the team to have a goal of an ACC Championship and a national title on the line and play so poorly made me wonder if the 2005 edition of the Hokies had the character and the grit of the 2004 squad or whether they would call it a season like the 2001-2003 VT football teams. Sure the players were saying the right things leading up to the Virginia game, but no one knew for sure.

The most important thing to me is never giving up. I am aware of the odd looks I get in the stands when the Hokies make a mental mistake while ahead by 30 points and I lose my temper. I am also proud of the fact that the Blonde, myself, and our friends, get odd looks as we cheer for the Hokies to play hard no matter what the score is (even when getting blown out 27-0 by Miami) until the clock reads 0:00. Sometimes, when you don't give up, things work out for you.

Take this past Saturday for example. The Hokies dug deep and (this is important) without knowing the outcome of the Miami-Georgia Tech game, - they played like they could still win the ACC. They did not give up, they persevered and they obliterated a good Virginia football team on the road 52-14. Later that night, Georgia Tech, showing just as much heart and never-say-die determination beat a Miami team that played at home like the Hokies had two weeks prior in Lane Stadium. The ACC is the best football conference in college football because on any given Saturday there are at least eight legitimate ACC opponents that can beat anything but your "A" game.

And so, speaking of "A" games, let's take a closer look at how Tech beat UVA.

First of all on offense, Marcus Vick returned to his beyond-human level, throwing the ball incredibly well and making plays with his feet when he had to that only a very few QB's in the country could make. Actually his best play was an incompletion to TE Jeff King on a broken play that Vick threw perfectly as he avoided a heavy pass rush to the one spot at the back of the end zone where King could make a play. Unfortunately, King couldn't quite get his right foot down in bounds, but it was spectacular to watch anyway.

I am also going to give Cedric Humes a lot of credit because I have been hard on him, and he played like a champion on Saturday. He ran hard and played well. Of course, objectively, Branden Ore played even better, not only in the yards per carry category but also showing the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. However, if Humes plays at that level, I cannot quarrel with the coaching staff's decision to name him starter the rest of the season. The receivers were fantastic as always with only one dropped pass from Josh Hyman to keep them from perfect marks. And let's give some MAJOR credit to the offensive line. My goodness, starting in the 3rd quarter, they absolutely out-muscled and out-worked the Cavalier's defense. Vick had time to throw, the backs had gaping holes to run through, I mean this is the type of O-line footage you keep for the library.

On defense, the Hokies were just ferocious. They shut down the Cavaliers the entire game. To put it in perspective, the Cavaliers scored their first TD only because of an incomprehensible pass-interference call against VT safety DJ Parker. They scored their second TD off an interception and the resulting short field. I wish there were words for how bad that interference call was which led to the first touchdown. Parker broke on the ball and beat the receiver to it and replays showed that it was actually interference by the UVA receiver who kept Parker from making the interception. Inconceivably ("I do not think that word means what you think it means") the referee threw the flag on Parker. The commentators, the TV replays, the fans, Parker, the receiver and the guy selling drinks in the stands all know that was a bad call. I expect an apology from ACC officials this week.

And good lord, speaking of bad calls, what in the holy HELL was Marcus Vick doing in the game up 52-7 at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Hello?? Hasn't Beamer and bunch seen the footage from Alabama star receiver Tyrone Prothro breaking his ankle at the end of the Alabama-Florida game? And with Vick in there, ahead that 52-7 score, just what space aliens kidnapped Brian Stinespring's family and held them for ransom, the conditions of their release being contingent on his calling a deep pass to Josh Morgan?!?!?!?!? It led to a pick, and subsequently the 2nd Cavalier TD. But more importantly it could have gotten Vick hurt. Hey if Cory Holt is in there doing back-up QB duty, I am ALL in favor of calling that play. Give young Holt some meaningful playing time by all means. I don't think Marcus Vick needs a lot of work on the sideline fly route. And so I keep coming back to the same conclusion that I always reach, which is that Stinespring needs to be demoted. Despite the offense's crisp execution and the first pass to a running back - a 10 yard gain to Ore - that I have seen all season, Stinespring just doesn't have a grasp of the game. He should go back to being offensive line coach (I complimented the offensive-line performance earlier). I think that the way Stinespring calls a game is an Achilles heel of this program and we need to be dipped in the river one more time if we're going to take that last step to a national title.

That being said, through perseverance and not giving up, Virginia Tech finds itself in a position to defend its ACC title. They also are positioned very well for in-state recruiting for this coming year. The win over their hated rivals combined with Miami's 14-10 loss to Georgia Tech also helps exorcise some of the demons from that debacle two weeks ago and re-affirms the team's belief in themselves.

But as we have learned, that means very little right now. Right now all that there is, is the UNC Tarheels coming to Lane Stadium for yet another nationally televised game under the lights (7:45 PM kickoff) on Saturday. If the Hokies can maintain their focus and play with the same sense of urgency that they did against Virginia then they can learn the truth in Napoleon Bonaparte's words firsthand.


Game Preview - vs. North Carolina
by Brian "Where's the Ice?"

Besides buying the Georgia Tech football team a giant Thanksgiving Day turkey, the Hokies need to set the sights on likes of the UNC Tarheels. Put quite simply, you cannot predict how this team will play. This team has upset Boston College, nearly bested Maryland, and almost lost to Duke so far on the season. This team's schizophrenic performance this year should catch the Hokies' eye in the case that when the time comes to square off against them, Beamer's boys have themselves prepared for an opponent who wants to bust out of the gate.

The Tarheels have two things to motivate them. One, they must win this game to make themselves bowl eligible. A team needs to have six under the W column for that. Two, their program has made a name for itself this season by knocking off some opponents unexpectedly and giving favored teams they've played a run for their money when most of the ACC expected a blowout.

Talent for talent, if the Hokies show up to play their best football, UNC doesn't really stand a chance. But make no mistake, the Hokies do not want to go into the fourth quarter with a slim margin separating themselves from the 'heels.

The Hokie defense will have to contain quarterback Matt Baker. He's put up and impressive 2185 yards in passing. And Baker has strong offensive assets in Running backs Ronnie McGill and Barrington Edwards, each nearing 500 and 400 yards respectively. Receiver Jesse Holley has 621 yards in receiving. They've accomplished this with a schedule very similar to that of the Hokies.

By the stats alone, UNC doesn't look too impressive as compared to a Miami, Virginia Tech, or Boston College; however, this team has accrued some wins against some tough opponents and given some even tougher teams a run for their money.


ACC Standings

Florida State 5-3 7-3
Boston College 5-3 8-3
Clemson 4-4 7-4
Maryland 3-4 5-5
Wake Forest 3-5 4-7
NC State 2-5 5-5

Virginia Tech 6-1 9-1
Miami 5-2 8-2
Georgia Tech 5-3 7-3
North Carolina 4-3 5-5
Virginia 3-4 6-4
Duke 0-8 1-10



1. USC USC (50) USC (49) USC (2)
2. Texas Texas (14) Texas (13) Texas (1)
3. Penn State LSU LSU Penn State
4. LSU Penn State Penn State Virginia Tech
5. Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech LSU
6. Ohio State Notre Dame Notre Dame UCLA
7. Oregon Ohio State Ohio State Notre Dame
8. Notre Dame Oregon Oregon Oregon
9. Miami Auburn Auburn Miami
10. Auburn Miami Miami Auburn
11. West Virginia UCLA UCLA West Virginia
12. UCLA West Virginia West Virginia Ohio State
13. TCU Georgia Georgia Fresno State
14. Alabama Alabama Alabama Georgia
15. Georgia TCU TCU Alabama
16. Texas Tech Fresno State Fresno State Texas Tech
17. Wisconsin Louisville Texas Tech Boston College
18. Boston College Texas Tech Louisville TCU
19. Fresno State Florida Florida Georgia Tech
20. Louisville Georgia Tech Boston College Florida
21. Georgia Tech Boston College Florida State Florida State
22. Michigan Michigan Wisconsin Wisconsin
23. Florida Florida State Michigan Louisville
24. Florida State Wisconsin Georgia Tech Colorado
25. Northwestern Clemson Iowa State Clemson


"Mad" Jason Oakley
Anand "EhhTee" Trivedi
Brian "Where's The Ice?" Wrenn


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Friday, November 18, 2005


VOLUME 006 ISSUE 012 (2005.11.18)

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Game Preview - vs. Virginia
Rants & Raves - The Bitter Taste
ACC Standings

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Game Preview - vs. Virginia
by "Mad" Jay

Normally in the Virginia-Virginia Tech rivalry they say to throw out
the records. There have been games the Hokies should have lost but
won, and games they should have won and lost. And when I say "should
have won" I don't mean the Hokies had a better record so they should
have won. I mean they've had control of the game and then lost it and
vice versa.

But this year's game must be the biggest coin toss in the history of
coin tosses. There are so many conflicting stats, match-ups and
psychological advantages that it is impossible for me to get a read on
this game. In other words it is as 50/50 as it gets. Let's look at
some of this conflicting information. Maybe my Calm and Beloved Reader
can make more sense of it than I.

Match-up wise, the Hokies just destroy the Hoos. The Hokie strengths
of Marcus Vick and the receivers go up against Virginia's terrible
secondary. The Hokie defensive line and linebackers are going up
against a downright awful offensive line (except for D'Brickashaw
Ferguson who is amazing but just getting back to full strength and
likely pretty rusty). I also expect Virginia Tech RB Branden Ore to
get some very meaningful carries and that is great news for Hokie fans
as the Cavalier's star LB Ahmad Brooks is trying to shake off the
injury bug. The Cavaliers do have a very exciting player in QB Margues
Hagans but Tech's speed on the edge should be able to contain him.
Everywhere I look with regard to individual match-ups points heavily
toward the

The team stats are split down the middle. Virginia plays possessed at
home. Their offense puts up more yards than the Hokies, but their
defense is giving up more yards. Their scoring offense and scoring
defense at home is almost exactly that of Tech's offense and defense.
Virginia has very good special teams play although the Hokies have
blocked several kicks in past years. Basically the stats, just because
Virginia is at home, fall out about even.

Psychology-wise the Cavaliers have a huge advantage. They are at home,
where they've won 21 of their past 23 games. They are making a late
season push for a big bowl game and they still have one more game
against Miami after this one that they want to build towards. They
also have a chance to take their biggest rival down another rung and
do some MAJOR damage to what has the potential to be a huge recruiting
year for the Hokies. This is the highest ranked Hokie team (#7) to
ever come into Scott Stadium. Meanwhile Virginia Tech is coming off of
a devastating loss where they lost the dream of a national
championship and were knocked out of the driver's seat to defend their
ACC Championship. Thank goodness they had a bye week to work on
getting refocused, but even that week may not have been enough. All
the buzz seems to be coming from Virginia's side in the build-up to
this game.

So as you can see, the breakdown is a 50/50 split. Hell, the past 18
meetings between these two teams have been split 9-9. There is just no
way for me to see how this one will shake-out.

What I CAN tell you is that it will depend on the play early-on in the
game of team leaders like Darryl Tapp, Marcus Vick, Cedric Humes and
Jimmy Williams. If these leaders can play inspired football and show
the young players that this team can help break the national viewpoint
that the Hokies fold at the end of the season, then the game could be
a blow-out in the Hokies' favor. But if the team can't overcome the
mental hurdle of that loss to the Hurricanes, well fans, it could be
ugly. Hokie fans, the Hokie players and the rest of the country are
really going to learn a great deal about the Virginia Tech football
program this Saturday. If you have any insight as to how the game will
turn-out, please, chime in and let us know.

In the meantime, GO HOKIES!!!!!!


Rants & Raves - The Sour Taste
by Brian "Where's the Ice?"

"Mad" Jay's account and review of last week's loss really should have
hit home for most Hokie fans. They certainly did for me. The statement
that Marcus Vick and the Hokies just plain had a bad day holds quite a
bit of truth to it.

But it does confirm the thing that we at TSF have feared most of this
season. Virginia Tech historically has not played well the part of
hunted. Teams like USC really show that they have something special by
doing what they do. Very few programs can achieve that level of
success with that level of consistency. The Hokie football program, as
potent a force as it has displayed, hasn't reached the ranks of
multiple showings for a national championship.

And as newcomers to consistent members of the top ten in rankings
season after season, Virginia Tech still has to learn about the sour
taste of defeat when the smell of victory fills the air from just
around the corner. Losses like this make a program better, and while
the national title game and most likely the conference championship
now fall outside of a self-controlled Hokie destiny, Hokie fans and
players must regroup and remember games still lie on the path ahead to
win. (On a related side note I believe had the Hokies gone undefeated,
they would have passed Texas in the rankings with a stronger strength
of schedule).

But let's not get ourselves too hooked on the gloom and doom. Virginia
Tech has one loss. Over this season and last they've far
passed proving that they will not serve as a doormat to the ACC. Miami
could still lose to Georgia Tech or Virginia possibly propelling the
Hokies back into first place for the Coastal Division. We, as Hokie
fans, can still watch our team finish a strong season and even make an
at-large appearance in a BCS bowl.

Moving onto my ranting, I really want to know why Jimmy Williams said
what he said. His comment served the Hokies in no way, shape, or form
and it didn't carry the Bryan Randall level of class to which I had
become accustomed from last season. He only revealed a chip on the
burning fire of Miami Hurricane football players.

But I wouldn't live up to my normal self if I didn't bash the ACC to
some extent, and given the current circumstances from the Hokie Fan
perspective, now makes for a perfect opportunity. If the ACC title
game happened today, Miami (5-1/8-1) would square off against Florida
State (5-3/7-3), not the Hokies (5-1/8-1). The so called Big Least of
the late 90's and early 00's has produced three of the top four teams
of today's ACC. And I'll happily recant or modify that statement with
a large helping of humble pie if Georgia Tech beats Miami.

But this leads to issue of fairness; shouldn't we want that? So
really, why do we need divisions? Do we need them just so that the ACC
can act like the SEC or the Big 12? Why not take first and second
place and let them duke it out for a win. Or better yet, get rid of
the conference championships all together to make room for a BCS
tournament instead of a series of games where the media strongly
influences and almost chooses who plays who.

All in all, the Hokies have tasted defeat, but this season still has
all the potential to end with a voracious appetite for victory.


ACC Standings

Florida State 5-3 7-3
Boston College 4-3 7-3
Clemson 4-4 6-4
Maryland 3-3 5-4
Wake Forest 3-5 4-7
NC State 2-5 4-5

Miami 5-1 8-1
Virginia Tech 5-1 8-1
Georgia Tech 4-3 6-3
Virginia 3-3 6-3
North Carolina 3-3 4-5
Duke 0-7 1-9



This week, we decided to show you our individual rankings rather than
the usual unified poll. The TSF poll will return next week.

Where's the Ice? Mad Jay BCS
1 USC 1 USC 1. USC
2 Texas 2 Texas 2. Texas
3 Notre Dame 3 Penn State 3. Alabama
4 Miami 4 Miami 4. Miami
5 Penn State 5 LSU 5. Penn State
6 Virginia Tech 6 Notre Dame 6. Virginia Tech
7 UCLA 7 Auburn 7. LSU
8 Oregon 8 Virginia Tech 8. Ohio State
9 Alabama 9 West Virginia 9. Georgia
10 LSU 10 Ohio State 10. Oregon
11 West Virginia 11 UCLA 11. Notre Dame
12 Fresno State 12 TCU 12. Texas Tech
13 Auburn 13 Oregon 13. Florida
14 Georgia 14 Alabama 14. West Virginia
15 Texas Tech 15 Fresno State 15. UCLA
16 Ohio State 16 Georgia 16. Wisconsin
17 Florida State 17 Louisville 17. TCU
18 Wisconsin 18 Minnesota 18. Colorado
19 Boston College 19 South Carolina 19. Florida State
20 Minnesota 20 Michigan 20. Auburn
21 Georgia Tech 21 Boston College 21. Michigan
22 Michigan 22 UTEP 22. Fresno State
23 South Florida 23 Florida 23. Georgia Tech
24 Louisville 24 Florida State 24. Minnesota
25 Florida 25 Texas Tech 25. Louisville


"Mad" Jason Oakley
Anand "EhhTee" Trivedi
Brian "Where's The Ice?" Wrenn


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Friday, November 11, 2005


VOLUME 006 ISSUE 011 (2005.11.11)

Eleventh issue of the eleventh day of the eleventh month!

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Three Key Plays
Game Review - vs. Miami
ACC Standings

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Three Key Plays
by "Mad" Jay

1) Trailing 3-0 to the Canes in the first quarter, Vick led the Hokies on a drive and had 1st and 10 on the the Miami 35. From there, the Hokies went nowhere and the key play was a Miami tackle for a 4-yard loss on a Vick roll-out on 2nd down. This play was an exact replica of one that Vick had made a miracle move on the Miami linebacker just to gain positive yards earlier in the drive. Obviously the Canes had game-planned for this play. And yet Brian Stinespring called it again on the same drive and this time the linebacker made the tackle. Completely oblivious to Miami's preparedness for this play, Stinespring put the Hokies in a 3rd and long, where Vick got sacked and the scoring threat ended. Drives where you answer an opponent's score are key to the
momentum of a football game and this was a hallmark of the Hokies all year. Failing to do so on this drive and coming away with nothing was disastrous and it led to the 2nd key play.

2) On the ensuing drive after the Hokies' punt, the Canes makes it down to the Hokie 1-yard line facing a 4th and goal. They go for it. With their starting running back out of the game and a lead on the road, it was a bad call for Larry Coker to go for it in this situation. The Hokies had the chance to turn the momentum back around with a stop. But despite a very solid effort by the Tech defense for most of the game, on
this play, the Canes wanted it more. They got it, and put up a 10-0 lead.

3) Coming out for the second half, Tech only trails by 10 and has the opportunity to stop Miami who has received the 2nd half kickoff. On the very first play of the second half the Miami backup RB (Charlie Jones) busts a 29-yard run right down the defense's throat. A total breakdown in concentration by the Tech linebackers on this play resulted in Miami getting great field position and they turned it into a FG. This 29-yard run by, again their BACKUP running back, basically set the tone for the
rest of the game.


Game Review - vs. Miami
by "Mad" Jay

After the Miami loss, I am sure you are all expecting a violent burst of outrage and edited out expletives. I know I was. But I never felt it and after a few days to gain perspective I know why, and maybe it's why some of you didn't feel that way either. The answer for me was because I was so stunned. I began attending Virginia Tech at the beginning of the 1993 season. The program was coming off a 2-8-1 season but it has been to a bowl game every season since (I am certain that my arrival and the
football program's success are no mere coincidence). The point, however, is that not one time had I ever seen Virginia Tech lose by 20 points at home. Never. Not in the twelve and a half seasons of Hokie football since 1993 had it happened.

As I rode back home on Sunday recovering from being physically ill over the game (and I am not kidding about that as The Blonde can attest to since she was driving), I also started thinking that the team had played hard. That was such a hard conclusion to reach that I forced myself to watch the game footage (Skycam view on ESPNU - pretty neat). Anyway, in reviewing the game footage, I confirmed that the Hokies did play hard. Think about this - Miami played a quarter without their starting QB. They lost their starting running back for the game and their all-everything playmaker Devin Hester for the game and both injuries occurred in the first half. So even with the loss of Eddie Royal on the opening kickoff (at their deepest position - WR) how could Tech possibly lose?

It was a total lack of focus, not lack of effort, on offense, defense and special teams combined with a Miami team that seemed to have prepared to down to the very last detail that resulted in the outcome of the football game. And then I realized that this has happened to countless Tech opponents during its rise to join the college football elite. I now know how Syracuse felt the year they got beat 62-0. Or two years ago when Miami got beat 31-7. Or how Georgia Tech felt when we beat them 51-7 earlier this season. As Marcus Vick said "We couldn't get it turned around". That's usually what Tech does to its opponents.

I could get into specific failures in focus and decision-making from throughout the game (the coaches waiting too long to put in Branden Ore, Josh Morgan's muff of a possibly HUGE punt return, Marcus Vick's lack of ball security), but I won't. From a big picture point of view I began analyzing what would make the Hokies play the way their opponents normally do when they come into Lane Stadium.

Two major points I have been harping on all season - first, Tech is the "hunted" this season and how would they handle that. Second, how on earth can Marcus Vick perform under such intense scrutiny? Both points came to a head last Saturday.

The national media was ready to use Virginia Tech as this year's Auburn - poster child for BCS failure. The Hokie fans were ready to anoint this team as the one ready to fill the national championship trophy case and build on last season's ACC title. The players and coaches knew that they had a better combination of talent and team chemistry than any previous Hokie squad and this, their toughest remaining test was in the friendly confines of Lane Stadium. The build-up was incredible and the team had handled being the "hunted" all season long. Expecting to win is a good thing. Thinking you've already won is a disaster. The Canes were able to play with the chip on their shoulder and with no pressure. Everyone had written them off again this VT team. The roles were completely reversed from how they have historically been.

The "hunted" role is one that the very top programs handle because it is an expectation of the program. It comes as part of the deal at schools like USC, Texas, Oklahoma, Miami, Ohio State, etc. Virginia Tech has only recently (past 5 years) joined this elite group of schools almost always ranked in the top 10 and the program has been built on hard-working players looking to prove they belong. Now that Tech does belong, the coaches have to make the adjustment and build up the standards so that becoming the "hunted" year in and year out is part of the program. They did a very good job all season, but there are a few "games of the season" every year in college football and this game against Miami was one of them. It's games like last Saturday's against the Canes that must become more normal in the mind of the football team.

As far as Vick goes, well, it turns out he is a human being. He had an awful game. Consider what he has done this season, and I think you'll agree it was nearly inhuman to perform week in and week out with that level of expectation and that last name on his jersey. ESPN Sportscenter segments, Sports Illustrated magazine articles, countless interviews and the adoration of a crazy fan base - college football history is absolutely packed with players who couldn't live up to that kind of hype (can you say Ron Powlus?). I can imagine the intense disappointment Vick feels about how he played, but what do you bet DEEEEEEPPPP down inside, he feels incredible relief to know that his worst game is behind him and the fans and team still accept him as their leader. He can take this football team back on his shoulders and lead it to a great record with a chance at a BCS bowl as long as he is able to put this game behind him. It starts with Virginia after this bye week, and we'll learn more about Marcus Vick in that game then we did in this loss to Miami. Is this the game that he uses to fuel the rest of his college career? Or do he and the rest of the team sink into the traditional November funk? I bet it's the former. Time will tell.



ACC Standings

Florida State 5-2 7-2
Boston College 3-3 6-3
Clemson 3-4 5-4
Wake Forest 3-4 4-6
Maryland 2-3 4-4
NC State 2-4 4-4

Virginia Tech 5-1 8-1
Miami 4-1 7-1
Georgia Tech 4-2 6-2
North Carolina 3-2 4-4
Virginia 2-3 5-3
Duke 0-7 1-9



1|USC (57) |USC (56) |USC (2) |USC
2|Texas (8) |Texas (6) |Texas (1) |Texas
3|Miami |Alabama |Miami |Alabama
4|Alabama |Miami |Alabama |Miami
5|LSU |LSU |Penn State |Penn State
6|Penn State |Penn State |Notre Dame |Virginia Tech
7|Notre Dame |Notre Dame |Virginia Tech|LSU
8|Virginia Tech|Virginia Tech |UCLA |Ohio State
9|Georgia |Georgia |LSU |Georgia
10|Ohio State |Ohio State |West Virginia|Oregon
11|Oregon |Oregon |Georgia |Notre Dame
12|Florida |Florida |Texas Tech |Texas Tech
13|Texas Tech |Texas Tech |Ohio State |Florida
14|UCLA |UCLA |Oregon |West Virginia
15|Auburn |West Virginia |Auburn |UCLA
16|West Virginia|Florida State |Florida |Wisconsin
17|Florida State|Auburn |Florida State|TCU
18|TCU |TCU |Georgia Tech |Colorado
19|Wisconsin |Wisconsin |Colorado |Florida State
20|Fresno State |Fresno State |TCU |Auburn
21|Michigan |Colorado |Wisconsin |Michigan
22|Colorado |Michigan |Fresno State |Fresno State
23|Louisville |Louisville |Northwestern |Georgia Tech
24|Georgia Tech |Georgia Tech |Michigan |Minnesota
25|Northwestern |Boston College|UTEP |Louisville


"Mad" Jason Oakley
Anand "EhhTee" Trivedi
Brian "Where's The Ice?" Wrenn


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Friday, November 04, 2005


VOLUME 006 ISSUE 010 (2005.11.04)

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Three Key Plays
Game Preview - vs. Miami
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Three Key Plays
by "Mad" Jay

(1) Eddie Royal scores on a 15 yard reverse to give the Hokies the lead 13-7. This play capped a drive where the Hokies answered the Eagles' only touchdown with one of their own. A brilliant, calm Marcus Vick led the drive, acting as if the Hokies weren't even behind in a game for the first time since the first game of the season. The actual TD play was a great play in itself where Vick called a "dummy" audible - that's when he makes the opposing team think he's changing the play but he really isn't - and then he made a very deceptive ball-fake to running back Mike Imoh that totally fooled BC defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who took himself out of the play. Josh Hyman (who also had a whale of a game catching the ball) blocked beautifully for his fellow receiver and Royal did the rest with some fancy footwork on the sideline.

(2) Hokies hold BC to three and out with three minutes left in the third quarter and Eddie Royal returns the ensuing punt to the BC 46 yard line. This defensive stand was incredible. First of all, BC had cut the lead to 20-10 earlier in the quarter. Secondly, they had just recovered Branden Ore's fumble into the end zone and had all the momentum going their way. On three straight plays the Eagles gained only 5 yards and the Hokies read the screen pass on third down so well that the BC quarterback Quinton Porter threw it to an offensive lineman which is a penalty. The Eagles had to punt, Royal got the big return and the Hokies turned it into a field goal. This defense off of a turnover and subsequent punt return recaptured the momentum from Boston College and you could feel the game change in the stadium.

(3) Vince Hall returns an interception for a touchdown to ice the game for the Hokies making it 30-10. Credit is due to Darryl Tapp who had a monster second half with two sacks and three more QB hurries, including on this play where he was dragging down the BC quarterback which forced the interception. The Hokie defense was fantastic the entire game and it was fitting that they get the credit for putting the game away at the end.


Game Preview - vs. Miami
by Brian "Where's the Ice?"

Saturday night, the 6-1 Hurricanes of Miami will visit the 8-0 Hokies of Virgnia Tech. By the rankings, this will make for the most significant contest for the Hokies to date and quite possibly for the entire regular season. It serves as a chance for Virginia Tech to get a decent bump in its BCS score due to strength of schedule, or it looms as a late season loss to a formidable opponent.

Miami began their season with a great deal of inexperience in Kyle Wright, but he has quickly molded into a talented quarterback that shows a promising career ahead of him with the Hurricanes. The 6'5", 208lbs. Sophomore has thrown for 1383 yards this year, passed for ten touchdowns, and completed 103 passes out of 176 attempts. His
completion percentage has increased through the season averaging out to 58.5%, and he as grown in his ability to lead the Hurricane offense.

Miami's offense over the years has had no shortage of players named Moss, like receivers named Santana. The Hurricanes posses another deadly offensive weapon in running back Tyrone Moss. He has totalled a whopping 675 yards in rushing. Tyrone Moss compares to Virginia Tech's Michael Imoh in his size and ability to run with speed standing at 5'10" and 221 lbs. Wide receiver Sinorice Moss [Yes, another Moss]
has caught for 399 yards this season with tight end Greg Olsen caching for 348 yards, quite a number for a tight end. Hokie tight end, one of the best to ever come through Virginia Tech, Jeff King, has only caught for 223 yards in comparison, just to give you an idea.

While Miami has strength in their offense, they lack something that the Hokies have: depth. Examining the Hurricane offense shows the team leaders can play toe to toe with the Hokies' team leaders; however, the Hokies have multiple players that can play at that same level for every offensive scoring position on the squad. An injury or even a bad day could greatly compromise this Miami offense. Virginia
Tech, on the other hand, has one of the most dynamic offenses in College Football this year. They have multiple players that excel in every ball-carrying position.

Another thing to note, Miami's schedule strength has steadily declined since their loss to Florida State. Virgnia Tech stands as their most formidable opponent since then and quite possibly of all the regular season. The Hokies on the other hand, stared adversity in the face last week squaring off against Boston College.

With all the talk of the numbers and stats, we also have to consider the Miami players' mindsets entering this game. They haven't gone to BCS bowl in five straight seasons. The Hurricanes have have lost two straight games to the Hokies, but worst of all, the typical roles of each school have reversed. The Hokies lead in the polls, and must win to keep their hopes alive for a national title appearance, but the Hurricanes sit a little bit lower in the BCS rankings, so a win here
could move them up a couple of spots. Seeking the exoneration from last year's loss to Virginia Tech in the game deemed as the ACC conference championship, the Hurricanes have so much more to gain than to loose, and that often produces a morale that can make up for the lack of numbers put up on the team stats.

So far we've only talked offense, but more than likely, the defense of each team will play the most influential factor in who wins. The Hurricanes boast the number one stat in total defense only allowing 221.6 yards per game. The Hokie total defense trails that by only a small amount of 231.3. And to not such a surprise, the Hokie defense ranks as the number one defense in scoring, just one of the side
affects of Beamer Ball.

Lastly, I don't want to leave out the uniform factor. Against Boston College Virginia Tech sported an orange sleeved jersey that burned the eyes of many Hokie fans. Maybe it earned the Hokies a few extra points by the sheer distraction in ugliness to the Eagles' players, but Miami on the other hand has plenty of familiarity with this topic. Normally, Miami tries to stun their opponents by sporting some of the most tacky uniforms in college football. I wouldn't say this holds for all of time passed, but for this season the Hokies have outdone the Hurricanes in this respect. Can we please go back to the plain maroon jerseys from two years ago?...please!?

Game Time: Miami at Virginia Tech, ESPN, 7:45 pm

Other games to watch:
NC State at Florida State, ABC, 3:30 pm
Stanford at USC, TBS, 10:00 pm


ACC Standings

Florida State 5-1 7-1
Boston College 3-2 6-2
Wake Forest 3-3 4-5
Maryland 2-3 4-4
Clemson 2-4 4-4
NC State 1-4 3-4

Virginia Tech 5-0 8-0
Miami 3-1 6-1
Georgia Tech 3-2 5-2
North Carolina 2-2 3-4
Virginia 2-3 4-3
Duke 0-6 1-8



1. Texas USC (2)
2. USC Texas (1)
3. Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
4. Georgia Alabama
5. Alabama Miami
7. Miami Notre Dame
8. LSU Penn State
9. Penn State LSU
10. Florida State Florida State
11. Oregon Wisconsin
12. Wisconsin West Virginia
13. Ohio State Georgia
14. Boston College Ohio State
15. Notre Dame Auburn
16. Texas Tech Texas Tech
17. West Virginia Florida
18. TCU Boston College
19. Florida Oregon
20. Minnesota California
21. Northwestern Northwestern
22. Auburn Georgia Tech
23. California Michigan
24. Colorado TCU
25. Michigan Fresno State


Hokie Trivia

(1) ESPN Gameday will make thier sixth trip to Blacksburg on Saturday.
(2) Saturday's game will showcase the top two defenses in the country.
(3) The Virginia Tech defense has scored five touchdowns this season.
(4) The Hokie defense has only allowed seven points scored in the first quarter of play so far this season.
(5) The Hokies have a 4-4 record against the Hurricanes at Lane Stadium.


"Mad" Jason Oakley
Anand "EhhTee" Trivedi
Brian "Where's The Ice?" Wrenn


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BCS, the Big East Conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference or any
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Thursday, October 27, 2005


VOLUME 006 ISSUE 009 (2005.10.27)

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Game Review - vs. Maryland
Three Key Plays
Rants & Raves - For #1 and #2 to Fall
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3 Key Plays
by "Mad" Jay

1) James Anderson intercepts a Maryland pass
deep in Hokie territory to kill a Terrapin drive
in the first quarter. Trailing on the road is a
recipe for disaster, and Anderson, who has been
playing so incredibly well this season and still
being overshadowed by Hall and Adibi, stepped up
and made a great pick to keep the game scoreless.

2) Vince Hall gets a personal foul called against
him on a 3rd down play in the second quarter where
the Hokies have the Terrapins stopped. The call
keeps the drive alive for Maryland and they kick a
field goal to make the game 7-3. These become the
first points scored off turnovers against Tech the
entire season, and they wouldn't have happened
without this mental breakdown by Hall. This is key
because in combination with two personal fouls on
Maryland's sole TD drive at the end of the game it
gives Bud Foster the ammunition to drive home the
importance of mental toughness. Without these silly
mistakes, Tech pitches the shutout. Against a better
team, these silly mistakes could be much more costly.

3) Following three consecutive drives where he had
thrown an interception in the third quarter, Marcus
Vick throws a perfect 6 yard pass to Jesse Allen out
of his own end zone on 2nd and 10 and then rushes for
11 yards on 3rd and 4 to kickstart a 99 yard drive
that would make the score 21-3. These were almost all
runs, but Vick calmly ran the offense despite those
three straight interceptions. QB Coach Kevin Rogers
can work on the interceptions with Vick, but that
type of poise and leadership on a drive when the game
was still very much in doubt, is an example of what
Marcus is truly capable of.


Game Review - vs. Maryland
by "Mad" Jay

In every championship season there is at least one game where
the eventual championship team doesn't play up to it's best and
still comes away with a win. A team needs a few lucky ball
bounces or referee calls during a season. I don't begrudge them
this. Someone has to win and sometimes destiny appears to play
a role. Virginia Tech's game against Maryland was NOT this game
for the Hokies. But make no mistake, with the weaknesses I saw
in the Tech coaching and some of the mental errors the players
made, the close game is still coming.

The first quarter of last Thursday's game was a very good battle
between two hard-hitting teams. James Anderson's KEY pick on the
Hokie 12 yard line killed Maryland's deepest penetration of the
game until garbage time at the end of the game and the Hokies and
Terrapins slugged their way to a 0-0 score at the beginning of
the 2nd quarter. From there, Vick took the game over with his arm
and his legs. He put together an 80 yard scoring drive to take
the lead 7-0. He then threw a 48 yard pass to Clowney to the
Maryland 7 yard line and had a TD run on 3rd and goal taken away
by the fact that instant replay wasn't used. Vick stretched the
ball across the plane of the goal line on a play that would have
been on every highlight reel across the nation if it would have
been officiated correctly. Instead the ball was ruled down at the
one yard line, and wasn't reviewed. WHAT EXACTLY IS INSTANT

So faced with 4th and goal, on the road, in the second quarter,
up only 7-0, Beamer made the right choice and kicked the field
goal to put the team up by two scores and take the crowd out of
it. No? Actually you are right, Beamer decided to be an idiot and
made a terrible decision to go for the TD. Fortunately,
Stinespring demonstrating his full understanding of the game, and
remembering all of this writer's insults from last season when he
called toss sweep plays on two 4th and shorts against Georgia
Tech, he decided to just punch the ball in up the middle. And he
had the big backs Branden Ore and George Bell in the game to do
it. No? Omigod you are right, he had little Mike Imoh in the game
to try and dive in.Imoh fumbled and Maryland recovered and drove
the ball back down the field and scored a field goal!!!!

Now I can swear to you that I did not second guess either of these
decisions - you can ask The Blonde - I was jumping up and down and
screaming at the TV when Beamer decided to go for it, at what an
indefensible call this was. When I saw Mike Imoh in the game, I
started foaming at the mouth and running around. And when I saw the
play call was to run Imoh up the middle and Imoh fumbled, I started
having convulsions and damn near swallowed my tongue and choked to

But don't lose sight of the fact that Vick was able to lead the
team BACK down the field to answer the field goal. He had the Hokies
at the 1 yard line with first and goal. Again MIKE IMOH WAS IN THE
GAME!! To make matters worse, on third down (after a failed QB
sneak and a fumbled handoff) Imoh caught a pass out in the flat with
7 seconds left and didn't get out of bounds to stop the clock! I
didn't see the subsequent rushed field goal attempt that apparently
ricocheted off the upright leaving the Hokies with no points,
because I was out in our backyard drinking from our dog's water dish
and howling at the moon.

I have preached here before, and now I ask you to turn your hymnals
to page 432 - "Be Thou My Helper In The Strife". You see, coaches are
supposed to put their teams in positions to win the game, not be
obstacles to winning the game. If Tech is up 21-3, and it is the 4th
quarter, and they are at home, I can see going for a TD on 4th and
goal from the 1 yard line. Going for it up only 7-0, in the second
quarter, on the road means Beamer was an obstacle to his team's
chances of winning. Stinespring, by having little Mike Imoh in the
game on the goal line when you have a stud bigger back named Branden
Ore on the sideline is hurting his team's chance of winning. By not
coaching Mike Imoh to get out of bounds with 7 seconds left on the
clock at the end of the first half so that the field goal unit can
come on the field in an orderly manner, Billy Hite was hurting his
team's chances of winning.

I would have been disappointed in the players if Tech comes out of those
two situations with field goals instead of touchdowns, but I would have
given credit to Maryland's defense and moved on. This is a bigger point,
because it speaks to the coaches. Tech came away with no field goals,
no nothing, and against better teams (Boston College anyone?) that can
DEFINITELY be the difference between winning and losing. The coaches
need to come away from this game with a renewed commitment to goal line
offense. Let's move on.

The third quarter opened with a bang as Vick, apparently unfazed by the
debacle at the end of the first half, led the team on a TD drive capped
by Mike Imoh's TD run. I still disagree with Imoh being in there, but
give him credit for running his heart out to score from 2 yards out.
The Hokies were up 14-3. And then the craziness ensued.

Just as analyst Kirk Herbstreit predicted, Justin Hamilton made a pick
on Maryland's ensuing drive. The Hokies are famous for scoring points
in spurts with help from the defense and special teams. but Vick entered
a weird zone and threw the first of three consecutive drive-killing
interceptions to give the ball right back to Maryland. To Bud Foster's
credit the defense gave up exactly zero points from these three
interceptions. The defense in the second half was flat-out inspirational
(minus the stupid personal fouls at the very end). But let's break down
Marcus' three picks for just a second. After all he had thrown only two
all season.

First pick - using terrible fundamentals, Vick threw a lame duck off his
back foot and the ball hung up there for an easy interception. Vick made
the right read but didn't set himself and tossed a badly underthrown ball.
Rogers will chew on his ass for this one, and Vick knows better anyway. I
highly doubt we will see another pick like this the rest of the season.

Second pick - Vick made a poor read and didn't see D'Qwell Jackson
(Maryland's All-American linebacker) drop into coverage. He threw the ball
right to Jackson. It didn't look as bad upon review because Vick did look
the safety off, but I think he expected Jackson to be on a pass rush, not
back in coverage. Marcus prides himself on reading a defense and I imagine
he will spend even more time in the film room now. We're all human and
this could have just been a simple mistake.

Third pick - Worst pick of the night. Vick threw a pass on an inside route
too tall for TE Jeff King (which means it was VERY high) and it was
deflected into the Maryland DB's hands. This bothered me because it was
like the pick he threw against Marshall. Even if Jeff King (or in the
Marshall game, Josh Morgan) climbs the ladder to make a very tough catch,
he is exposed to a dangerously big hit from a safety. Vick was set in the
pocket, he wasn't under a lot of pressure, he just threw the ball too high.
On an outside route, a high throw is a safe throw. On the inside routes,
he has to keep that ball low or else injuries or interceptions can happen.
I imagine this is the pass he will put a lot of reps into this week during
practice. I couldn't see his body position clearly from the TV camera angle
but he may not be stepping into this throw as much as he needs to be.

After the third pick ended with zero Maryland points, Vick calmly led the
team on a 99 yard drive, including a KEY 11-yard QB draw on 3rd and 4 from
his own 7 yard line. With the way the Hokie defense was playing, this drive
iced the game at 21-3. But I would be remiss if I did not mention Branden
Ore in the 4th quarter. As if the coaches need any more proof that this
player is ready to contribute, all they need to do is watch his film from
the 4th quarter against Maryland.

Branden Ore changed the face of the running game when he came in. He ran
6 consecutive times on the final scoring drive to make the score 28-3.
The Terrapins knew he was coming and they couldn't stop him. On one play
he beat two Maryland players (one of them completely unblocked) to get a
first down. This is the type of gamebreaker that the Hokies need to truly
threaten the top teams and make the offense two-dimensional. Ore needs to
see meaningful snaps in the rest of the Hokies' games this season.
Rushing Cedric Humes back into action from his broken arm is more than
unnecessary. It is unfair to Humes, because, when he does return, I want
to see him contribute at the level he was at earlier this season as well
as not re-injure himself. And it is unfair to the team, because Ore has
shown the ability to take the running game to another level.

Listen closely folks, the Hokies are a top 5 team because they have good
talent. They do not have the all-around talent of a Texas or USC, but the
hallmark of the Hokies is taking care of the ball, taking it away from
their opponents and not making stupid penalties. Against Maryland, the
Hokies were awakening the ghosts of Ronyell Whitaker and Maurice DeShazo,
with personal fouls and turnovers. They just need to show the mental focus
and toughness from last year, and the talent of this year's team can take
them even farther. The coaches just need to make sure they give the team
the best chance to win possible. The Maryland game has made me nervous,
but I am excited about being at the Thursday night game against Boston
College and watching the improvements made from last week to this week.



Rants & Raves - For #1 and #2 to Fall
by Brian "Where's the Ice?"

What will it take for #1 USC or #2 Texas to fall from their
current BCS rankings? This exists as part of the unavoidable
road to a Virginia Tech appearance in the Rose Bowl, this
season's national title game. Of course that pesky part of
Virginia Tech going [insert U-word here] for the season also
looms, but that probably won't matter if Texas or USC don't
lose. So in this piece I'll break down the games that I think
present the best odds of that happening, although I have very
reserved optimism that it actually will. Not to mention, I
really don't think the Hokies deserve their number 3 BCS
ranking this week. If Maryland caught a missed pass and a
questionable call didn't go the Hokies' way, fans could have
quite easily witnessed a Maryland 14-0 lead at the half of
that game.

USC vs. California, 10/29

California has all the firepower to beat USC. USC has a
better team, but if California uses its assets well enough,
the Golden Bears could have what it takes to storm the gates
of Troy.

On offense Cal will not try to focus on any of the USC
defensive weaknesses; they don't have any. Instead, Cal will
just try to do what they have done well this season so far:
running, running, running. Tailbacks Justin Forsett and
Marshawn Lynch have compiled a total of 867 and 653 yards,
respectively. In addition to their rushing, Cal also has
a pair of strong receivers in DeSean Jackson and Robert
Jordan, who have amassed 397 and 375 yards in receiving this

So what should Cal do in their quest to unseat USC from the
numero uno spot? They should take advantage of USC's typcial
slow offensive start. USC tends to put their scoring off
until late in the game like a second semester Senior puts
off a term paper. If Cal can get out front early, and I
mean way out front, they could hang on to just barely contain
the USC fourth quarter offense.

Texas at Texas A&M, 11/25

Texas A&M in recent years has bounced between the high end of
mediocrity and the low end of good. This season doesn't tell
too different a story for them. In all likelihood, the
Longhorns will drop the hammer on the Aggies with a decisive
win, but I don't want to count Texas A&M out of the game yet.

First, and foremost, this game makes an annual, traditional
rivalry. This rivalry compares to that of Virginia Tech vs.
West Virginia or Virginia Tech vs. Virginia. If one team had
a lossless season and the other team had a winless season up
until this game, both teams would still come out of the gate
at full throttle. And the Aggies will do just that. Heart
over talent could win this game for them.

The simple mathematics of this contest, however, lend very
little support to the Aggies. Texas' passing protection just
buries the needle on A&M's. The Longhorns have produced nearly
double the defense the Aggies have so far this season. For
rushing defense, the numbers have some similarity, but Texas
still wins out in this stat by more than 100 yards.

As far as offense, the two teams have performed very
similarly. Texas wins out in most of the categories, but not
by much.

The real question mark here lies in the defense, and nobody
beats a top ten team without a formidable defense. So as long
as A&M crowns themselves with the conference's worst defense,
Hokie fans shouldn't hold their breath for too long that this
upset will happen

USC vs. UCLA, 12/3

I still favor USC in this match up, but out of all the chances
for the current number one or number two to fall, I think this
game has the best odds. Their game against Arizona State could
give them a win that propels them into the enthusiastic state
in which they need to play to beat USC, but at the same time a
loss could spiral them into a downtrodden mood of defeat. And
should the game of USC vs. Arizona State still lay ahead, I'd
cite that contest on this list too. ASU has what it takes to
beat USC, they just didn't come through with the W. UCLA has
an offense that nips right at the heels of the Trojans in stats.
While their defensive stats trail a little farther behind, they
have an ability to make a surprise impact on the USC offense.
The USC offense gets most of its yardage in one-shot big plays,
very inconsistent. If the UCLA defense can stop the big plays
that USC has executed this season, they will win.

To go into some more detail, USC has produced %30 more passing
offense than rushing. UCLA has performed better in their passing
defensive than that of their rushing, ranking as second in the
conference in that stat. If UCLA can, not necessarily shut down,
but contain the USC passing game, they will walk away from the
contest as the victors. UCLA has allowed very few passing plays
where the opposing offense gained thirty-five yards or more. USC
makes most of their big gains with Matt Lienart's long throws.

No, I haven't forgotten about a Heisman candidate named Reggie Bush. How
do you disable a Trojan when he has several weapons? You take away one
of his weapons forcing him to rely primarily on the other. The Bruins
must take the Trojan's spear forcing him to rely on his sword such that
they know his next move. [Editor's Note: You can read more about Sun
Tzu's strategies in his excellent book "The Art of War".]

Reggie Bush will put numbers in the rushing yards category as well as
points on the scoreboard. UCLA will need to adopt a strategy that
involves limiting the extent to which he can run, not eliminating him as
a factor. In that attempt they will not succeed. The key to limiting
Bush's running ability lies in making him their only reliable offensive
asset. To do that, UCLA must take away the long yardage passing asset
that the Trojans posses by closely marking the receivers.

UCLA's offense trails USC's significantly in individual stats except for
the one that matters most, points on the board. There, UCLA finishes a
close second to USC in the conference. What does that mean? They finish
their drives by getting the ball in the paint and through the uprights.
That matters big time, and that indicates that UCLA has the offensive
firepower to stand toe to toe with that of USC's.

UCLA has its largest weakness in rushing defense, and they can't
expect to suddenly improve upon that when Reggie Bush carries the ball.
UCLA will need to produce some big time offense to win this game, no
doubt, but they have the ability to do that, even against USC. The
question lies in their defensive strategy and their ability to execute


Last, but not least, you may notice that Texas actually rose to number
one in the BCS this week by gaining only two points in the computer
poll. Virginia Tech has its toughest opponents ahead on its schedule:
Boston College and Miami. And that doesn't count the ACC championship
in Jacksonville. The College Football world expects Florida State to
represent the Atlantic Division in this game, but don't count Boston
College out of that race either.

So what relevance do these facts hold? It could give the Hokies a bump
in the polls as well. Nonetheless, should Virginia Tech continue its
road to an unbeaten season and victory in Jacksonville, especially
against the Seminoles, that would only strengthen the Hokies' chances
of gaining enough points to pass Texas or USC without either of those
schools losing. Not likely, but it could happen.


ACC Standings

Florida State 4-1 6-1
Boston College 3-1 6-1
Maryland 2-2 4-3
Clemson 2-3 4-3
Wake Forest 2-3 3-5
NC State 1-4 2-4

Virginia Tech 4-0 7-0
Miami 2-1 5-1
North Carolina 2-1 3-3
Georgia Tech 2-2 4-2
Virginia 2-3 4-3
Duke 0-5 1-7



|AP |USA Today |BCS |TSF
1|USC |USC |Texas |USC (2)
2|Texas |Texas |USC |Texas (1)
3|Virgnia Tech |Virginia Tech |Virginia Tech |Alabama
4|Georgia |Georgia |Georgia |Virginia Tech
5|Alabama |Alabama |Alabama |UCLA
6|Miami |Miami |UCLA |Georia
7|LSU |LSU |Miami |Miami
8|UCLA |UCLA |LSU |Notre Dame
9|Notre Dame |Florida State |Penn State |LSU
10|Florida State |Notre Dame |Florida State |Boston College
11|Penn State |Boston College|Oregon |Penn State
12|Ohio State |Penn State |Wisconsin |Florida State
13|Boston College|Ohio State |Ohio State |Wisconsin
14|Oregon |Oregon |Boston College|West Virginia
15|Wisconsin |Wisconsin |Notre Dame |Oregon
16|Florida |Texas Tech |Texas Tech |Texas Tech
17|Texas Tech |West Virginia |West Virginia |Northwestern
18|West Virginia |Florida |TCU |Ohio State
19|Auburn |Auburn |Florida |Aubrn
20|TCU |TCU |Minnesota |California
21|Northwestern |California |Northwestern |Florida
22|Fresno State |Minnesota |Aurburn |TCU
23|Tennessee |Northwestern |California |Minnesota
24|California |Fresno State |Colorado |UTEP
25|Michigan |Tennessee |Michigan |Michigan


"Mad" Jason Oakley
Anand "EhhTee" Trivedi
Brian "Where's The Ice?" Wrenn


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Game Preview - vs. Maryland
by EhhTee

After a twelve day break, the Hokies travel to the National
Capital Region to take on the University of Maryland Terrapins
on Thursday night. The Virginia Tech Hokies (6-0, 3-0) are
coming off of a much needed bye-week that gave some of the
injured players time to heal.

The series between the two teams dates back to 1919. Maryland
has the lead at 15-12. However, the Hokies have dominated the
series in recent years. The Terrapins last victory in the series
dates back to 1990.

Maryland (4-2, 2-1) is also coming off a bye-week after
demolishing the pitiful Temple Owls (0-7). The Terrapins with
only two losses to West Virginia and Clemson are off to a season
that hasn't surprised many. Head coach Ralph Friedgen has brought
the team back into bowl contention and a victory Thursday would
give him and his team a good jump start into the second half of
the season.

The Terrapins are not going to be easily pushed around. They will
be fired up at home with a chance to knock off the number three
team in the country. With the Florida State loss to Virginia on
Saturday, Maryland coaches are sure to push the possibility of
another ACC upset.

Offensive Notebook

The running back core will surely take apart the Terrapins
defense. The return of Mike Imoh (Sr., #20), the success of
Branden Ore (r-Fr., #28) and George Bell (r-Fr., #34), and the
lackluster performance of the Maryland line against the run will
prove disastrous for the Maryland defense. The Terrapin defensive
line is young and undersized. Against the run, they rank 85th.

Where the Hokies may struggle is through the air. Maryland comes
in with the third ranked passing defense in the country. However,
they have not faced the likes of the maturing (on the field AND
during play) quarterback Marcus Vick (r-Jr., #5). He'll have
targets like David Clowney (Jr., #87), Jeff King (r-Sr., #90),
and Eddie Royal (So., #4) to select from, not to mention his ever
present threat to take off with the ball.

Defensive Notebook

The Hokie defense will face a balanced attack from Maryland
offense. Their offensive line is very young but has proven to be
able to protect quarterback Sam Hollenbach (Jr., #14) in the
passing game. Because the Terrapins are so balanced, it will be
important for the Hokies to shut them down early. If the Hokies
can shut down the run and get ahead early. It will force the
Terrapins into the air.

Key players to watch...

Hokie Offense

Mike Imoh returns to the lineup after sitting out against
Marshall. Watch for his reactions as he tests out his healed ankle.
Marcus Vick continues to prove himself on the field. Live on
national TV, he will try to prove that he deserves an invitation
to the Downtown Athletic Club in New York this December. Jeff King
is always a threat at the tight end position. King always seems to
produce results when given the chance. Hokie Defense Chris Ellis
(r-So., #49) is a formidable force at defensive end. He had eight
tackles against Marshall. Xavier Adibi (r. So., #11) had his first
interception of his career in the game against Maryland last year.
Watch for him to repeat last year's success. Cornerback Brandon
Flowers (r-Fr., #18) has received the nod to start against Maryland.
This will be his second career start. He returned an interception
for a touchdown in his last game.

Maryland Offense

Quarterback Sam Hollenbach will be the focus of the Hokie defense.
If they can shut him down, this will be no contest. Tailback Lance
Ball (So., #44) is the Terrapins leading rusher. He has 346 yards
on the year on 57 attempts. Danny Melendez (Sr., #85) is
Hollenbach's favorite target. It'll be very important for the
secondary to stick to him like glue.

Maryland Defense

Trey Covington (r-Fr., #55), defensive end, leads the Terrapins in
tackles. Watch for him to swarm to the ball on the run. Maryland
linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (Sr., #52) is probably their best
defensive player. Some would say that he's the best in the ACC. If
there's a tackle, he's likely to be involved. Gerrick McPhearson
(Sr., #38) is probably the Terrapins best out of the secondary. At
Cornerback, he is very likely to be stuck to Eddie Royal or David

Overall Outlook

The Hokies are going to be watched carefully by the entire college
football nation. They will be picked apart by analysts and coaches
across the country. This is a chance for the Hokies to prove
themselves worthy. The Hokies have a tendency to play down (and
sometimes up) to opponents' levels. Should the Hokies do that early,
they may lose some of their support in the rankings. This is the
Hokies chance to prove that they belong.


Injurys to the running back core have been both problematic and a
blessing. Tech's go-to receiver Mike Imoh was out against Marshall
due to an ankle injury received prior to the Marshall game. Cedric
Humes (r-Sr., #32), the second in the rotation of experience backs,
got the nod to start against the Thundering Herd, but was quickly
injured (ankle as well). Imoh is set to return this week, while
Humes will most likely sit this one out.

Defensive end Noland Burchette (r-Jr., #96) will be returning as
Chris Ellis's backup. His injury to a tricep should be healed up
for Thursday.

At Defensive Tackle, Carlton Powell (r-So., #99) will also be
returning as the number two to Tim Sandidge (r-Sr.). Powell also
had an ankle injury.

The Golden Bell

Virginia Tech recruiting at the backs positions was quickly
tested as redshirt freshmen Branden Ore and George Bell were sent
in to carry the load against Marshall. Hokie recruiting has once
again proven that they can find gold as Ore rushed for an
impressive 146 yards in the game against Marshall. Both Ore and
Bell scored touchdowns in both the Marshall game and the Duke

ACC Too Strong For It's Own Good

The ACC continues to take itself apart as its middle core is
always a threat to knock out the national contenders. Last
weekend’s Virginia win over Florida State is not comforting for
Hokie fans as it was that same Cavalier team that lost to the
Terrapins. And yet, the Terrapins have also fallen to West


The first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings came out on
Monday placing the Hokies third behind USC and Texas. It's almost
certain that this will be on the back of the players' minds as they
prepare for this game. If all three teams were to win out, it
appears that the Hokies would be the odd team out. It is up to the
coaching staff, under the leadership of a now well paid head coach
Frank Beamer, to make sure that the players focus on this game only.

The Ocho

The game is an ESPN Thursday game giving the Hokies a tremendous
advantage. The Hokies are 10-1 on ESPN on Thursday night. Their
last game on Thursday night was against the Terrapins in Blacksburg
last year. The Hokies won 55-6.


Rants & Raves - How the Bye-Week affected the Hokies
by "Mad" Jay

The 3rd ranked Hokies didn't play this past weekend, but there
were repercussions that shaped the landscape of the rest of
Virginia Tech's season. Let's get right into it -

USC beats Notre Lame

This was the best football game I have seen in the past two
years. My view on how football should be played and how both
teams should leave everything they have on the field was
personified in this contest. By being pushed to the brink and
surviving, USC showed that they have the grit and toughness
to overcome any circumstance. It is going to take a flawless
game from anyone intending to beat USC. And while the Heisman
award has become a joke to me already, if Reggie Bush doesn't
win it this year, they may as well stop
giving the award.

Unfortunately a USC loss would have allowed VT to control its
own destiny, but as of right now, Texas or USC is very likely
going to have to lose for the Hokies to be in the title game
and I don't care what the first BCS standings reflect. It only
matters what the second-to-last BCS standings show to
determine who plays in the title game. Of more importance to
me watching this game was how Notre Lame and coach Charlie
Weis handled a blitzing aggressive defense. I plead for Tech
offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring to carefully review
this film - not as game preparation if the Hokies are
fortunate enough to play USC in the Rose Bowl, but as game
preparation against ALL of our upcoming opponents. The Irish
used a dizzying array of quick-hit runs, screen plays, QB draws
up the middle and three-step-drop slants and fades as a
definitive answer to the blitz. Notre Lame executed these plays
to the tune of 31 points against the Trojans. It would be my
wildest dream that Stinespring incorporate a few of these plays
in Tech's upcoming games against defenses that are sure to blitz.

Louisville loses to WVU

By making an improbable and phenomenal three-overtime comeback
against the Cardinals, West Virginia put itself in the driver's
seat to win the Big East, join the Top 25 rankings and boost
Virginia Tech's schedule strength in a major way. You will never
hear me say Let's Go 'Neers, but it helped Tech that they came
back and beat Louisville.

Wake Forest loses to Boston College

This was important for two reasons: first, Tech needed Boston
College to make a huge comeback (at home by the way) and win
this game to help schedule strength, and second, Wake Forest
exposed a huge weakness in Boston College's ball security
(five turnovers). Virginia Tech is top five in the nation in
turnover margin. Unfortunately BC has a bye this week to
prepare for Tech and don't be surprises if the Hokies have to
deal with both Quinton Porter and Matt Ryan in its Thursday
night contest.

Florida State loses to Virginia

Wow. This is why you have to love college football. Anyone
and everyone knew Florida State would win. Virginia had lost
half it's offensive line, Florida State's defense is a top
five defense and their passing game was starting to get hot.
Two of my all-time least favorite top vie (Notre Lame, Miami
and whoever's playing the Hokies make up the other three
spots) in the entire world were playing each other, but
unfortunately Tech needed Florida State to pull out a win.
Instead two bad things have happened - Virginia gets an
enormous confidence boost, a season changing boost that can
turn a team around, AND, if Florida State makes the ACC
title game and the Hokies are fortunate enough to get there,
it will only be Tech playing with incredible pressure since
the Seminoles were eliminated from the national title picture
with this loss.

Penn State loses to Michigan

I simply list this here because another traditional power has
fallen from the unbeaten ranks. Penn State had a chance to make
a claim for the title game, but lost it when they couldn't stop
Michigan from scoring a touchdown on 4th down with one second

Clemson killed NC State

Last but not least, The Fighting Amatos are killing Virgina
Tech's strength of schedule. Chuck Amato studied for too long
under the Bobby Bowden School of Zero-Discipline and now
penalties, turnovers and mental mistakes have ruined a program
with ridiculous talent. All NC State can do for the Hokies now
is knock off Florida State in Tallahassee to potentially keep
the Seminoles out of the ACC title game.

The Hokies used this week to get Imoh and Adibi healthy and
the rest of the team ready to go for a night time road game at
Maryland where the Terrapins will be out for revenge from last
year's 55-6 shellacking. I hope that this weekend's games
showed Tech that each game is going to be a battle from here
on out and it will take every ounce of ability, focus, mental
toughness and heart to reach the team's goals. Any game where
those factors aren't present put this season at great risk.
There isn't much sense in speculating on "what-ifs" at this
point. From now until the end of the season it's time to
concentrate on "what is".



ACC Standings

Boston College 3-1 6-1
Florida State 3-1 5-1
Maryland 2-1 4-2
Clemson 2-3 3-3
NC State 1-3 2-3
Wake Forest 1-3 2-5

Virginia Tech 3-0 6-0
Miami 2-1 5-1
Georgia Tech 2-2 4-2
Virginia 2-2 4-2
North Carolina 1-1 2-3
Duke 0-4 1-6



|AP |USA Today |BCS |TSF
2|Texas |Texas |Texas |Virginia Tech
3|Virgnia Tech |Virginia Tech |Virginia Tech |Texas
4|Georgia |Georgia |Georgia |Georgia
5|Alabama |Alabama |Alabama |UCLA
6|Miami |Miami |LSU |Notre Dame
7|LSU |LSU |Texas Tech |Alabama
8|UCLA |Texas Tech |Miami |Texas Tech
9|Notre Dame |UCLA |UCLA |Miami
10|Texas Tech |Florida State |Penn State |Penn State
11|Florida State |Boston College|Florida State |Boston College
12|Penn State |Notre Dame |Boston College|LSU
13|Boston College|Ohio State |Oregon |Auburn
14|Ohio State |Penn State |Wisconsin |Tennessee
15|Oregon |Auburn |Ohio State |Ohio State
16|Auburn |Oregon |Notre Dame |Wisconsin
17|Tennessee |Wisconsin |West Virginia |Oregon
18|Florida |Tennessee |Auburn |Virginia
19|Wisconsin |Florida |Tennessee |Northwestern
20|West Virginia |West Virginia |Florida |Michigan State
21|TCU |TCU |TCU |Florida
22|Michigan State|Michigan State|Minnesota |Michigan
23|Virginia |California |Nebraska |Nebraska
24|Fresno State |Virginia |Michigan State|TCU
25|California |Minnesota |California |NC State


TSF Trivia - How about the number six?

(1) The Hokies have opened their season with SIX consecutive
wins for the tenth time in school history.

(2)The Hokie defense has only allowed SIX touchdowns in this

(3) The Hokies have won SIX of their seven ESPN Thursday
night contests at Lane Stadium

(4) Thursday night's game will make the appearance number
TWELVE (not six, but divisible by six) for the Hokies on
ESPN's Thursday night football match up.

(5) The Hokies defense ranks third in the nation in passing
defense. They've only allowed 133 yards per game this season.

(6) TSF creates its poll much the same way as the AP and USA
Today, only with much fewer entries. All members contribute
their weekly rankings. Each rank holds a value in points.
Those points add together to create a total for each team
present in any of the rankings. TSF orders the teams from
highest points to lowest, and that produces TSF's rankings.


"Mad" Jason Oakley
Anand "EhhTee" Trivedi
Brian "Where's The Ice?" Wrenn


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