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Is Virginia Tech a title threat?

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08:24 AM ET 06.20 | In addition to the usual suspects in Alabama, LSU, USC, Oregon and Oklahoma, a few well-timed breaks could give dark horses some hope, including Virginia Tech. Quarterback Logan Thomas could be in store for a huge year because he will have a deep receiving corps to utilize, and the Hokies always have a running back to step up when a star moves on. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster will return his entire front seven, and the Hokies' toughest non-conference games are against Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. ... Going to Death Valley will be its toughest test of the year. Still, their schedule is the reason why the Hokies could find themselves in another BCS bowl game at the end of the year, and it could very well be the BCS national championship game.

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June 20, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Returning your front 7 is pretty sporty on D.

And if you care to gauge a team's title hopes on their schedule, then UGaly should be seen as a threat too, but I don't believe that.

June 20, 2012  09:38 AM ET

They don't play Boise early in the season do they?

June 20, 2012  09:43 AM ET

VT does better if no one talks about them at all during the off-season.

June 20, 2012  09:47 AM ET

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

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June 20, 2012  10:07 AM ET

Virginia Tech: HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA

June 20, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Virginia usually blows a game early in the season. Sometimes two.

June 20, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Virginia Tech, I mean. Virginia usually blows about 9 games.

June 20, 2012  10:09 AM ET
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Returning your front 7 is pretty sporty on D.And if you care to gauge a team's title hopes on their schedule, then UGaly should be seen as a threat too, but I don't believe that.

To be fair, UGA's sched isn't all that different from UF's sans LSU

June 20, 2012  10:14 AM ET
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To be fair, UGA's sched isn't all that different from UF's sans LSU

I don't see UF as a NC Threat this year either

June 20, 2012  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Almost there DocMadLab, needs a little work though. :-)

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June 20, 2012  10:19 AM ET

I don't think they are a title threat even with a favorable schedule. The thing is, they do not recruit at an elite level. Good recruiting, good coaching, and favorable schedules get them to 10 wins regularly, but they seldom beat truly elite teams. That's because they have comparatively few stud athletes.

Take the 2013 recruiting classes, for example. Michigan, Bama, UF, UT, LSU, and OSU all have 10+ 4-5* athletes committed at this point. VT has two, both 4*. They finished with 7 last year, 4 in 2011, 5 in 2010, 5 in 2009. They just don't have the horses to run with the big boys.

June 20, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

To be fair, UGA's sched isn't all that different from UF's sans LSU

To be REALLY fair, that's a pretty fair differential.

Not to mention that with the expansion, we lost a game with Ole Lady, and picked up a game at aTm, the conf home opener for them, no picnic there.

My main point, though, was that predicting a team's results based on schedule alone just isn't smart. The article's last sentence ----> "Still, their schedule is the reason why the Hokies could find themselves in another BCS bowl game at the end of the year, and it could very well be the BCS national championship game."

June 20, 2012  10:35 AM ET
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They don't play Boise early in the season do they?

LMFAO, I knew there was a reason I liked you!!!!

June 20, 2012  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I don't think they are a title threat even with a favorable schedule. The thing is, they do not recruit at an elite level. Good recruiting, good coaching, and favorable schedules get them to 10 wins regularly, but they seldom beat truly elite teams. That's because they have comparatively few stud athletes. Take the 2013 recruiting classes, for example. Michigan, Bama, UF, UT, LSU, and OSU all have 10+ 4-5* athletes committed at this point. VT has two, both 4*. They finished with 7 last year, 4 in 2011, 5 in 2010, 5 in 2009. They just don't have the horses to run with the big boys.

You stated that " they seldom beat truly elite teams"???? So I'm to assume, that FSU is not an "elite" team, right?????

June 20, 2012  10:41 AM ET
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To be REALLY fair, that's a pretty fair differential. Not to mention that with the expansion, we lost a game with Ole Lady, and picked up a game at aTm, the conf home opener for them, no picnic there.My main point, though, was that predicting a team's results based on schedule alone just isn't smart. The article's last sentence ----> "Still, their schedule is the reason why the Hokies could find themselves in another BCS bowl game at the end of the year, and it could very well be the BCS national championship game."

Yeah, but GA Southern will be tougher for the dawgs than Jacksonville St will be for the gadahs :)

June 20, 2012  10:42 AM ET

Virginia Tech?..........I thought they already gave the tital this year to Saten and crew?

 
June 20, 2012  10:47 AM ET
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You stated that " they seldom beat truly elite teams"???? So I'm to assume, that FSU is not an "elite" team, right?????

Let's put it this way -- until Virginia Tech beats a Top 5 team outside of Blacksburg, I'll say they don't stand a chance.

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