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Beamer's Hokies vs. the Top 25
by Will Stewart, TechSideline.com
Recently, in reply to a message board question, we unearthed some interesting statistics regarding Frank Beamer's coaching record versus Top 25 teams.
A message board poster posed the question, "What's Tech's record against Top 25 teams under Beamer's reign?" The poster had made a bet that Beamer's record was over .500.
Sadly, he lost his bet, and the interesting thing is that it's not even close. Since Beamer took over Virginia Tech in 1987, his Hokies are 19-29-1 against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. That's a winning percentage of just under 39%.
If that sounds low, it's because the first six-plus years were miserable against Top 25 competition. Here's the breakdown:
From 1987 through early 1993, the only wins over Top 25 competition were over #9 WVU in 1989 (12-10) and over #17 Virginia in 1990 (38-13).
After losing 14-13 to #25 West Virginia on October 2, 1993, the Hokies went on a 9-2 tear against ranked opposition, including 7 wins in a row from the 1995 Miami game through the 1996 Virginia game. Since then, they're 8-8.
Of VT's nine bowl opponents under Beamer, seven were ranked. The two that were not ranked were the 1994 Tennessee team that waxed VT in Gator Bowl, and the 1998 Alabama team that Tech beat in the Music City Bowl.Two Months Free from Shenandoah Spring Water for TechSideline.com Readers!
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Hokies vs. Aggies on Saturday
The #7 Virginia Tech Hokies will clash with #21 Texas A&M at Kyle Field in College Station Saturday at 3:30 pm Eastern time. The game will be televised on ABC on a regional basis (click here for a coverage map in PDF format).
If the game is not on in your area, you can also get it on ESPN GamePlan. Call your local cable or satellite service provider for details on ESPN GamePlan and how much it costs.
The weather should be good -- mostly sunny, with a high of 87 degrees, according to Weather.com.
oddsmakers have the Hokies installed as a 1.5 to 2.5 point favorite.
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