Friday, September 17, 2010

College Football Time: No Love For The Hokies


There is no doubt the biggest story of the young college football season has been the demise of the Virginia Tech Hokies (0-2).

The Hokies began the season ranked No. 10 in the AP Poll and No. 6 in the USA Today Poll. After their tough 33-30 loss to the Boise State Broncos, the Hokies fell to a respectable No. 13 in both polls. In other words, both polls still thought they were a legit squad because, after all, the game was at hostile Boise State.

But after last week's shocking 21-16 home loss to second-tier James Madison, the Hokies were ousted out of both polls. The loss also hurt No. 3 Boise State because they actually lost some ranking points as a result of Virginia Tech's ineptness. All of a sudden the Broncos' dramatic win over a then-powerhouse Hokie team lost all of it's luster.

So are the Hokies done for the year? Not necessarily.

As far as getting to the BCS title game, they can forget about it. But if they run the table and win the ACC title game, and go on and win the Orange Bowl, they'll definitely finish in the Top 10 and salvage their season.

But no doubt the Hokies have dug a huge hole for themselves.


On other fronts--

The polls showed a lot of love for the Miami Hurricanes and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State got hammered, 24-3, by the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and Miami lost a tough game, 36-24, to the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes. But both teams only lost a few ranking spots-- Miami fell to No. 17 and Penn State fell to No. 22.

I'm sure they both got the Virginia Tech treatment after tough road losses but that won't last very long if they pull off a Virginia Tech and lose again the following week.

Anyway--

As for tomorrow, the games with poll busting implications are:

  1. No. 12 Arkansas at Georgia
  2. Clemson at No. 16 Auburn
  3. No. 9 Iowa at No. 24 Arizona

And Virginia Tech's road to redemption starts with a home game against East Carolina. If they lose this one they can kiss their season good-bye.

No doubt!

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