Friday, June 24, 2011

Alabama Rematch 2013 a Possibility

Kyle Tucker is reporting that the Virginia Tech Athletic Department is currently discussing a potential rematch of the 2009 Chick-fil-A Kickoff in which the Hokies lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide. Hokies athletic director Jim Weaver has said that he is talking to Alabama and Chick-fil-A to iron out details for the possibility of revisiting the game to start the 2013 season. However, Weaver made certain to point out that these are only discussions at this point.

"It's nothing that's set in stone," said Weaver.

This has started some discussion amongst staffers and loyal SuperFans. What do you think?

Tech has been involved in games of this nature since 2004 and all but one, last year's Boise State squad, have gone on to win the national title. Alabama, LSU, and USC all won the title after taking out the Hokies in the opener. Some say that this is harmful to the Hokies chances for their own run on the BCS, specifically citing that 2013 will be Logan Thomas's senior year. Thomas is the presumptive starting quarterback for the upcoming 2011 season.

Personally, I believe these games gain the program more, even as losses, than not playing them at all. First, the exposure is momentous. These teams the Hokies play are the elite and will bring fans and TV. Note, the talks for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff include ESPN for nationwide coverage.

Second, to be part of the elite, you have to beat the elite and you can't beat the elite if you never play the elite. Now, I know that this often leads many to add a 'c' before Hokies, but playing the Appalachian States of the world won't gain us much street cred.

Sure we keep losing these games. But as we can see with some of the changes happening this year, maybe we'll see improvement. Throw enough stones in the lake, eventually you build a bridge.

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