chance of bowl: 13.6%
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- 2 years 46 weeks
|1 year 23 weeks ago||I approve...||
My alma mater playing my childhood favorite team...again...I'll take it!!
|1 year 39 weeks ago||...||
"What the hell's going on out here?"
- Vince Lombardi
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Nice hire.||
I'll take a Michigan grad to coach my alma mater any day.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Agreed||
Having just graduated VT this past spring, I lived through the last 4 years of Greenburg's tenure. I had student tickets all 4 years and watched in pain as Tech looked clueless on the floor and didn't seem to know what a play was or how to rebound. Johnson has proven early what a good coach he is just by getting his team to do those two simple things.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||FWIW||
FWIW, I graduated from Virginia Tech this spring and we had the same issue in my four years. It seemed to get worse each year even though VT has been consistently good, especially at home. We also have a great team entrance with 'Enter Sandman', so I could never figure out why you would want to miss that. I don't think there's any way around it.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Luck||
I would take Luck hands down.
I think everyone is forgetting how mobile and athletic Luck is. He may not be a track star like RGIII, but I believe he was top 5 in every QB category during the combine and ran a pretty solid 40. Both player's throwing skills and accuracy are off the charts, but I only need to look at two play to know Luck is going to be good:
1. When Luck crushed the USC DB and forced a fumble
2. Luck's one-handed catch
Luck is a competitor, has called his own plays for the past few years, and his intelligence is extraordinary.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Not exactly...||
Its not that VT has been there too many times, its more that the fan base is extremely disappointed from a blowout title game loss coupled with the fact that Tech is 1-4 in its last 5 BCS bowl games (with its one win coming against Cincinnati). I think fans are assuming Tech will get blown out again and it's a waste of time after seeing what happened in the ACC Championship game. Personally, I think it will be a closer game because the players will be mad about everyone saying they shouldn't be in the game.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Press Conference Update||
After listening to the Virginia Tech press conference with school officials and lead officers, it seems that this is an apparent murder/suicide. The suspect walked up to an officer in his car while he was performing a traffic stop and shot the officer (the suspect was not involved in the traffic stop). He then fled to a separate parking lot roughly 1/4 miles away where he was seen by another officer. When the officer moved to question the individual, he apparently turned the gun on himself and commited suicide.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||As a Virginia Tech student||
As a Viginia Tech student and a HUGE Michigan fan, I'm pretty excited about this match-up. With that said, I believe Michigan will be able to handle Virginia Tech fairly easily.
OFFENSE - Tech has two senior recievers in Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale that are 1 and 2 in the school record books for receptions and yards. Boykin is the better of the two with big hands and decent speed. Coale is a possession-type with great hands and route running skills. David Wilson is one of the fastest running-backs in the country and is dangerous in space. Logan Thomas is a 6-6 245 monster with a strong arm and decent running ability (for a guy his size). He came to Tech as one of the top TEs in the country, but played QB in HS. Where Michigan will shine is on the line. Tech has a very experienced offensive line, but they were not highly rated recruits and the lines on both side of the ball are the weakest link at Virginia Tech over the last few years. Tech was manhandled last year by Stanford's huge offensive line, and Clemson's athletic defensive line dominated the Hokies twice this season.
DEFENSE - As stated above, Virginia Tech has some good athletes on the field on both sides of the ball, but the line is probably our weakest unit. The Hokie defense has been decimated by ijuries this season, with four players out for the season, including two linebackers and a defensive tackle. The secondary is the strongest group, headlined by 2010 All-American CB Jayron Hosley. Hosley has been plagued by injuries this season, but should be healthy by the bowl game. Opposite of him is Kyle Fuller, a guy that is used all over the field by Bud Foster, and should have been named 1st Team All-ACC. At safety, Eddie Whitley is a good run stopper, but has slow hips and struggles to defend the pass, even when he seems to have a guy covered. At free safety is Antone Exum, a hard-hitter and overall good player. The linebackers are decent to good, with the best one, Bruce Taylor, out for the season with a foot injury. Defensive line is small, but the best one is DE James Gayle.
SPECIAL TEAMS - Virginia Tech is known for Beamerball and great special teams play. However, this year has been an exception. The Hokies kicker is new this year and has not been great. Tech has played three punters this year, with the last and current starter being WR Danny Coale. The return game is decent with RB David Wilson returning kicks, and CB Jayron Hosley returns punts. Both have scored on returns in their career, but there has not been a return TD this season.
Overall, Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster is a very good coach and knows how to coach a defense. The same cannot be said for Offensive Coordinator Brian Stinespring. Tech fans have been unhappy with his play-calling ability for years, and this year he was removed from game-day playcalling and replaced by the QB coach. Athough Tech has won 11 games this year, the playcalling has been questionable at best.
If Michigan can penetrate with Martin and Van Bergen to shut down the run, David Wilson will be taken out of the game and Logan Thomas will be forced to throw. Although he is still a good passer, without the threat of a play-action, he could have trouble finding open receivers.
Michigan's offense will have success if it can get its running game going with Denard and Fitz, but I expect Denard to throw at least one INT. Like always, this is a known risk, but I expect Michigan to win by 14.