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It's now halfway through the college football season (yeah, I know, it's sad), so let's take a look at where Hokie players and the VT team rank in the latest NCAA football statistics.
To view all of the NCAA's football statistics, click here.
First, we'll take a look at player rankings.
It's interesting to see that the Big 3 of the 2001 recruiting class -- DeAngelo Hall, KJ, and Bryan Randall, who were all featured on the cover of the Hokie Huddler and ranked 1-2-3, in that order -- have all landed high in the NCAA stats rankings so far this season.
Now, let's take a look at VT's team rankings.
It's amazing that the Hokies are ranked in the top 20 in so many major team categories. You see that, and it's understandable why they are ranked #3 in the nation and have beaten their first six opponents by a score of 273-89.
But, as we've been saying, the road gets tougher from here on out.
With BC being added to the ACC, it's now clear what the likely divisions will be for the new 12-team league. Published reports previously listed the Hokies in a six-team division with Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, UNC, and Virginia. The other division will consist of Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, NC State, and Wake Forest.
From a football scheduling standpoint, each team will play the five teams in their division every year, plus three teams from the other division. One team in the other division is assigned as a "permanent rival," and will be played every year (meaning that six out of eleven opponents will be played every season). The other five teams in the other division will be played on a "rotating basis," which is open to interpretation at this point.
Here's how that looks from a divisional standpoint. In the following table, each team is listed across from their "permanent rival" in the other division -- so VT's permanent rival, for example, will be BC.
I have included my own divisional names in the table, and I hope that the ACC chooses to adopt them.
What I like: The Hokies get to play UVa and Miami, their big rivals, every year, plus take on Georgia Tech every season, as well, without having to tangle with FSU every year. And VT gets a chance to annually take on UNC, a program which the Hokies have faced just once since the 1940's, a 42-3 blowout loss in the Gator Bowl following the 1997 season.
There's some bad blood between VT and the Tar Heels. In 1983, a VT team that featured Bruce Smith and would wind up 9-2 had a chance to be Peach Bowl bound. But UNC accepted a Peach Bowl bid with one contingency -- they refused to play Virginia Tech (source: Doug Doughty's Hoos N Hokies: The Rivalry, page 136). UNC went to the Peach Bowl, the Hokies sat home for the holidays, and VT fans have been looking for revenge -- and not finding it -- ever since.
What I don't like: Not playing Clemson, NC State, and Maryland every year, and the fact that Hokie fans won't get to travel to Wake Forest's Groves Stadium -- which I call L'il Lane, because of the architectural similarities between it and VT's Lane Stadium -- every other year.
We're not sure how long this Athlon Spirit Contest is going to go on -- some are calling it the endless poll -- but let's keep doing our part. Here's a reprint from the last TSLMail:
A Hokie cheerleader needs your help in an online poll. Athlon Sports is having an online Sports Sideline Spirit Contest, and it's a simple concept: you vote online for your favorite cheerleader, out of a group of six. VT cheerleader Jessica Clem is involved in the latest round of voting, which is round 2.
As of the time I'm writing this, Jessica is in a heated battle with a Nebraska cheerleader, leading (updated numbers) 25,597 to 25,455. I don't usually get involved in these silly online polls, but for some reason, the thought of just getting ... out-voted ... annoys me.
So help Jessica out with a vote, Hokie fans! And unlike most online polls, you're not restricted to just one vote -- you can vote every day. So, as the old joke goes, vote early and often!
Here are updates in recruiting from the last week. To access these links, and for updates and information on all these players and more, subscribe to TechSideline Pass. Information on how to subscribe follows.
Creek RB Makes Triumphant Return
Profile: Justin Holt
Woodson: Developing a Pipeline
Willis Set for First Visit
Sets Decision Date
Continues Fork Union Success
for Kecougtan Star?
Sets First Official Visit
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|TechSideline.com Updates From the Past Week|
The Numbers -- and Questions -- Behind the LSU Switch
Hokie Hotline Notes for October 13, 2003
Better Them Than Us
2003 Syracuse Game Analysis
Small Pleasures: Syracuse
Hall, Hokies Dominate Syracuse, 51-7
Big East Farewell Tour, Part 2 of 7: Syracuse
VT Recruiting War Room: Defense
The Evolution of a Winning Program
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