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Is anyone going to beat the Oklahoma Sooners(College Football)?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Shane Martin, Oct 21, 2001.

  1. Jeff_A

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    I would assume you mean me.
    Before I get to the Syracuse game, let me give you a little background from the Bost College Game. I was beginning to feel that VT was overrated after going to see them play against Boston College. (If you want a definition of a fan, I drove 1,500 miles round trip to see this game!) They played an incredible 8 minutes and the score was 21-0. But then they relaxed and didn't play the rest of the game and almost let Boston College back into the game. It's almost as if the Hokies have bought into their own hype and believe that they can't be beaten.
    Ok. Now Syracuse. First, let me give it to the Syracuse team for playing a mistake free football game and for taking advantage of the opportunities that were given to them. Thus said, the Hokies still should have won this game. They had cut the lead to 20-14 and had plenty of time to score. However, I offense just stinks. I really hope that they give Randall more snaps at quarterback. Noel just isn't the kind of quarterback that the (then) #4 team of the nation needs.
    But lets back up. I knew that we were in trouble when VT gave up a punt return for a touchdown. Anyone that knows anything about VT football, knows that VT puts an emphasis on special teams. Most of our regular players also play on special teams. For us to give up a special teams touchdown is very rare. To me, this looked like someone missed their responsibility on the return. There were absolutely no VT defenders in the middle of the field. Oh well, I can live with this and it was a nice run back.
    However, on the ensuing kickoff, the VT player fielded a kick off that was heading out of bounds at the 3 yard line and then promptly stepped out of bounds. So instead of starting the next drive on the 35 yard line, we are starting on the 3 yard line. Then, Kevin Jones fumbles. OK, a fumble isn't the worse thing in the world. But, he fumbled near the side lines and instead of just kicking the ball out of bounds and retaining possession, he tries to fall on it. It squirts through his legs and gives Syracuse the ball on VT's 17 yard line. Arg! You have to be smarter than that.
    I have two major complaints about this game. First, is Grant Noel. He is just not a big time quarterback. He took several sacks (including the safety that sealed the game!) that were unnecessary. If you have 5 or 6 seconds of protection you should be able to get rid of the ball. He is so immobile that he cannot get out of the pocket when it starts to collapse. Also, he doesn't step up in the pocket and throw the ball. It's like he's afraid of getting hit.
    Second, our offensive play calling was abysmal. Facing a third down and three inside of Syracuse's 20 yard line, they call an option play that hands the ball to the fullback. What are they thinking? That play rarely gets more than a yard!! Call something that will net you the needed three yards. A wide receiver screen would have been a good call here. Speaking of wide receivers, why didn't we throw a single ball at one until the third quarter?
    All and all, it was just frustrating because they still had a chance to win the game and they didn't come through. It is doubly frustrating because all they had to do was to win to control their own destiny to the Rose Bowl. UCLA, Oklahoma, Maryland, and Washington State all lost and that would have left Nebraska, Miami, and VT with VT playing Miami at home on December 1.
    Oh well. Maybe I will finally get my wish and Beamer will leave. [​IMG] Note, this post was not to take away from Syracuse but told from a Hokie point of view.
     
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    By the way, not that I am biased or anything, but the biggest happening in college football on Saturday was JoePa winning number 324 in Penn State's 29-27 come-from-behind victory over Ohio State. I was there. What a game and what a scene afterwards. Way to go Joe. [​IMG]
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    But don't you think that Bobby Bowden will surpass JoePa since he's only 4 wins behind, and will probably coach another year or two? (Still, a tremendous feat, nonetheless!)
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    Patrick, truthfully, Bowden probably will surpass JoePa, although Joe has not talked at all about hanging it up. It's just that Bowden has a better team. JoePa is still JoePa, however. [​IMG]
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    I'm glad that JoePa set the record before Bowden could get there. Honestly, Bowden will eventually hold the record. Unfortunately, JoePa hasn't been able to recruit well lately. Kevin Jones going to VT was just one more example of them losing a prospect they thought they would have.
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    JoePa is a class person and it was nice to see him get the record (although he will hold it briefly). However, Paterno needs to retire. Penn State's program has been going downhill for years, and he has a big disadvantage in recruiting. Every other coach uses the tactic "you don't think Paterno will be there for your entire four years, do you?". Also, I think Penn State has a more difficult time in recruiting since joining the Big Ten. They have a harder time convincing East Coast recruits to come there to play in a Midwestern conference, while the Midwest recruits don't really want to go east to Happy Valley. When PSU played all those eastern teams, it was easier to recruit eastern talent.
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    New BCS Poll
    1. Nebraska
    2. Oklahoma
    3. Miami
    How pissed off are the people in Miami? They haven't lost a game, they're #1 in both polls but #3 in the money poll. I could also see Oklahoma and Nebraska playing for the National Title if Oklahoma can beat Nebraska in the Big 12 title and Miami losing to Virginia Tech, or Syracuse.
    How many people are going to scream for a playoff if this scenario comes true?
    Actually, being an Oklahoma State fan, I hope we can go into Norman and beat Oklahoma. Yeah right [​IMG]
    Baskeball starts in a couple of weeks. [​IMG]
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    John T-
    As for the Tenn/Cuse game, Yeah, the score ended up a blow out, but anyone who watched that game would know that the Cuse was really in it into the fourth quarter...The score got a bitt inflated at the end of the game. We played you guys close for 3 quarters.
    Adrian-
    Don't be too hard on VT. Good to hear your thoughts on the game. I have to admit, I was getting nervous towards the end of the game. However, do know that SU was absolutely positively playing the second half "not to lose." We were way going more for ball control (i.e., 7 minute drives, etc) than for scoring. The Cuse coaches (and rightly so, IMHO) had confidence in the D that the existing lead would hold.
    However, don't be too critical of your offense. Noel will be fine, and this game will only help you guys in the Miami game. Believe it or not, our defense IS really good, and you guys were still able to move the ball on us even with our D. Granted your rushing attack was subpar on Saturday, but I honestly don't think you'll face a defense that it better this year on your schedule (not to toot the Cuse's horn).
    Gotta run to class, but great game. Just chalk another classic up in what has really become our biggest rival in the Big East...god, so many unforgettable games in this series: McNAbb to Brominski, 62-0, Vicks run for a TD in the Dome last year, last saturday....
    Here's to good luck the rest of this season and we'll see you in the Dome next year!
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  12. Scott Merryfield

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    While a Nebraska - OU matchup in the Rose Bowl would make the BCS a farce (who wants to see the same two teams play three times in a college season), these things usually work themselves out before the end of the season. If Miami goes unbeaten, they should move up by adding Virginia Tech and Syracuse to their list of opponents.
    I'm amazed that Michigan has the third toughest schedule, since two of their non-conference games were against Mid America Conference teams and the Big Ten is having a down year. Meanwhile, the Pac 10 has five teams ranked at 6 through 12 in the BCS. The rankings are very bizarre.
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    Regarding the TN/Syracuse game, I believe it was fairly close through 3 quarters but the last quarter is where TN picked it up. If anyone knows about playing the full 60 minutes, it's TN fans; 46 seconds and 2 points are all that's between us and a top spot in the BCS. (Well, that and the ESPN-affiliated writers)
    Miami fans have nothing to be angry about except for the fact that their AD set up such a weak schedule. They haven't played anyone of import. That's what gets me about Michigan being ahead of Tennessee. Michigan scoots by Iowa by 6, Tennessee beats South Carolina by 7 (who was #13 at the time) - Michigan stays ahead. ?
    Oh, did you hear about the Hokies and their claim that Syracuse was cheating on their kicks? Here's the article:
     
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    I saw that claim of cheating by VT against Syracuse. The big question is -- how can someone stick a lollipop stick into artificial turf?
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    OK. I was going to save this post until tomorrow because I thought it would be cool to have post #666 on Halloween, but it's football and I just can't be quiet. [​IMG]
    I don't think so and I'm just not being picky here. He just doesn't have the arm strength to get the ball down the field. In the first six games, he has yet to hit a receiver in stride more than 20 yards down the field. That allows teams to come up and stack the line. We could cope with Noel, if the play calling were a little different and they would utilize wide receiver screens and get the ball more to the tight ends. (We have two excellent tight ends that are just going to waste.
    Syracuse has definately become the most bizarre series that we are playing in the Big East. I remember the McNabb pass is a game that Tech look destined to win in the dome. I was in San Francisco for the 62-0 game. You guys were just cursed that day. I honestly don't think that we were trying to run up the score, but we just couldn't help scoring. I think they were taking volunteers from the stands in that game. [​IMG] However, Syracuse isn't our biggest Big East rival. That would be West Virginia and it's only because that series dates back a long ways. It is just happenstance that they ended up in the Big East together.
    Don't forget Washington either. If it weren't for September 11th and the cancelled week of games, Miami's strength of schedule would look a little better because they would have played both FSU and Washington. How were they to know four years ago when they made the schedule that Penn State would be so bad and it's a relative down year for FSU.
    The game was at Blacksburg and VT plays on natural grass. I'm still not sure how this would work, but I've never known our coaches to make wild accusations. They must have saw something they thought wasn't right.
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    Speaking of cheating, a Colorado high school team is being accused of spraying Pam on their jerseys and paints so it makes it harder to grab their QBs/Rbs/TEs/WRs. This has to be settled before the championship game this weekend. [​IMG]
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    Isn't Colorado in general known for cheating at football. [​IMG] AKA, the infamous 5th down and goal?
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    Yeah, give them (Colorado) 5 downs and of course they'll take part of my Jackets only recent national championship. And no, I'm not bitter.
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