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One of the bugaboos facing the Virginia Tech football team is Frank Beamer's 2-20 record against Top 10 teams at Virginia Tech. Since 1987, the Hokies have gone up against Top 10 foes 22 times, and only twice has VT been victorious: a 12-10 win over #9 WVU in October of 1989, and a 28-10 victory over #9 Texas in the 1995 Sugar Bowl.
What's even tougher to swallow is that as VT got better, their record against Top 10 teams didn't. From 1987-1992, the Hokies were 1-12 against the Top 10, and since then, during the Beamer Bowl era, the Hokies are only 1-8. As the Hokies have taken up residence in the Top 25, their ability to knock off teams ranked in the Top 10 hasn't improved.
Next week, VT takes on the Miami Hurricanes, who are idle this weekend. The Canes will be ranked #2 (their current ranking) or #1 (if Oklahoma loses to Colorado this weekend), giving the Hokies only their tenth shot at a Top 10 team in the last 11 seasons.
The Hokies beat Miami five straight times from 1995-1999, but never while Miami was in the Top 10. The Canes were ranked 17th in 1995, 18th in 1996, and 19th in 1999, and in 1997 and 1998, they were unranked.
As a matter of fact, of the 22 games played against Top 10 teams in Frank Beamer's tenure, seven of them have come against the Canes. Here's the breakdown.
The Hokies have rarely even challenged a Top 10 Miami team, though the 1987 game was tied 13-13 going into the fourth quarter, and VT almost knocked off the #1 Canes in 2001.
But for the most part, it has been blowout city, with all but one loss coming by ten points or more, and the average margin of victory being 15 points.
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Since 1993, among the Hokies nine games against Top 10 teams, five have come against Miami. VT's only chances to play Top 10 teams out of conference have come in bowl games, where they are 1-3. They beat #9 Texas in the Sugar (28-10), lost to #6 Nebraska in the 1996 Orange (42-21), lost to #7 UNC in the 1997 Gator (42-3), and lost to FSU in the 1999 Sugar (46-29).
Certainly, there's a mountain that Virginia Tech needs to climb when it comes to matching up with Top 10 teams. To change perceptions, the Hokies need to knock off not only a highly-ranked Miami team, but a highly-ranked out of conference team (or two), as well.
We would be remiss if we didn't follow up the last two TSLmails by telling you that VT's Jessica Clem won her round of the Athlon Spirit Contest. It was a dogfight between her and a Nebraska cheerleader, but Jessica won the never-ending contest by a margin that grew over the final day or two. The total was 30,211 to 28,509.
Though she won her round, it's not clear if Jessica will move on to the finals. The rules on the site say "the top six vote-getters" move on, not the winners of each round. We'll keep you up to date.
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Tech Lands Big-Time RB
Check out the videos of George that were released today on TSL.
Green Has Favorite
Drawing Major Attention
Discusses First Visit
Targeting Lake Taylor Star
Springs Building Great Program
Schools Stand Out to D'Imperio
Discusses Five Favorites
Linebacker Likes Three
Keeping Options Open
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|TechSideline.com Updates From the Past Week|
Wide Right: Move the Practice
Hokies Unravel in Mo-Town, 28-7
Hokies Look to Develop Depth
Hokie Hotline Notes for October 20, 2003
Game Preview: #3 Virginia Tech at West Virginia
Otis and the Moon Rakers
Wide Right: Going Postal
BCS Standings Due Out Today; Hokies Projected #3
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