Posts Tagged ‘Virginia Tech’
By Paul Myerberg // Sep 18, 2012
With the weekend in the books, here’s a look at how the country ranks — using the original rankings as the starting point, with the season’s results as rationale for any movement. The top 25 teams land a one-sentence breakdown. The rest? Not so much. Part of the perks of being one of the best. Think your team is too low? Feel another team deserves more credit, less credit? Let’s hear it below. It’s a delicate ranking process, particularly with only two weeks in the books, so you may see one team ranked below a team it just beat — see Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, for example. Don’t be alarmed. Everything will become clearer by the end of the month.
Tags: Alabama, Arizona, B.Y.U., Florida, Florida State, Fresno State, Georgia, L.S.U., Louisville, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
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By Paul Myerberg // Sep 15, 2012
Do you remember the last time Notre Dame took a trip to East Lansing? You might not remember the game’s first 60 minutes and change, but that’s fine: things didn’t get wild until overtime, when Michigan State answered a Notre Dame field goal with the most audacious coaching decision of the 2010 season. Now you remember, right? Dan Conroy is lined up for the potentially game-tying 46-yard field goal; Aaron Bates, the punter and team captain, was the holder; tight end Charlie Gantt was lined up one spot inside from the edge to Conroy’s right. The call: “Little Giants.” The snap went to Bates, as expected – and then came the unexpected. You’ll see the rest of the play later tonight, when the Irish and Spartans meet in one of the day’s marquee games. Let’s run down the entire weekend’s action.
Tags: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, B.Y.U., Big Ten, Bill O'Brien, Bo Pelini, Bo Wallace, Bobby Petrino, Boise State, Boston College, Brady Hoke, Braxton Miller, Bret Bielema, Brian Johnson, California, Clancy Pendergast, Cody Fajardo, Connecticut, Danny O'Brien, Eastern Michigan, Everett Golson, Florida, Florida State, Gene Chizik, Georgia Tech, Hugh Freeze, Illinois, Jimbo Fisher, Jon Hays, Kevin Parks, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Mark Hudspeth, Maryland, Massachusetts, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, Montee Ball, Navy, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Paul Chryst, Penn State, Perry Jones, Pittsburgh, Randy Edsall, Ron English, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Travis Wilson, Tyler Bray, Tyler Wilson, U.S.C., Urban Meyer, Utah, Utah State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Will Muschamp, Wisconsin
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By Paul Myerberg // Sep 7, 2012
Each of the five new rules instituted over the summer by the N.C.A.A. were visible over the season’s opening weekend, though no one change more so than the alterations to the existing kickoff rule – kickoffs now take place from the 35-yard line, and instead of being spotted at the 20, touchbacks are now moved up to the 25. When it was first announced, the rule suggested one of two alternatives: teams could either kick it deep, going for the touchback, or kick it high and short, hoping that their coverage squads could get downfield in time to prevent a return from reaching the 25-yard line. So what route did most teams take through the first week of games?
Tags: Auburn, Chase Cochrane, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Idaho, Memphis, Michigan, N.C.A.A. rulebook, Ohio, Penn State, South Carolina, Tajh Boyd, Tyler Tettleton, U.C.L.A., UTEP, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Washington State, Western Michigan
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By Paul Myerberg // Sep 2, 2012
Until – and perhaps after – Clemson sealed a 26-19 win over Auburn with a late interception, the A.C.C. was the loser of the opening weekend. Was Clemson’s win a weekend-saver for the conference? I’m not quite sure. But it was absolutely a game-changing win for the Tigers; more on that below.
Tags: A.C.C., Andre Ellington, Brent Venables, Clemson, Cordarrelle Patterson, David Amerson, Duke, Florida International, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Larry Fedora, Maryland, Mike Glennon, N.C. State, North Carolina, Nuke Hopkins, Paul Chryst, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Tajh Boyd, Tennessee, Tyler Bray, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
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By Paul Myerberg // Aug 19, 2012
Win 10 games once and they’ll expect you to do it again; win 10 games every year and they’ll forget that you exist. Virginia Tech has reached 19 straight bowl games, the third-longest active streak in college football. Has won at least eight games in each of the last 14 years and at least 10 games in each of the last eight years, the longest such streaks in college football. Has finished in the top 20 of The A.P. Poll in seven of the last eight years and 11 of the last 13. Has won at least 10 games in each of the last eight years, in nine of the last 10 years, 11 of the last 13 years, 12 of the last 16 years. Has the most wins in college football since 1995 with 168, two more than Florida, four more than Boise State, five more than Ohio State. Has been the most dominant program in the A.C.C. since joining the league in 2004. You think that this program is going to win less than 10 games, fail to win the Coastal and fail to challenge for a B.C.S. bowl just because they lost a few starters? Please. You don’t know Virginia Tech.
Tags: A.C.C., Andrew Miller, Antoine Hopkins, Antone Exum, Bruce Taylor, Bud Foster, Cody Journell, Corey Marshall, D.J. Coles, Derrick Hopkins, Dyrell Roberts, Frank Beamer, J.C. Coleman, J.R. Collins, Jack Tyler, James Gayle, Kyle Fuller, Logan Thomas, Luther Maddy, Marcus Davis, Michael Holmes, Michael Via, Nick Benton, Tariq Edwards, Vinston Painter, Virginia Tech
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By Paul Myerberg // Jun 20, 2012
True or false: Idaho’s Kibbie Dome is named after Lloyd Kibbie, a former head coach at the university who reeled off eight straight winning seasons before stepping aside in favor of his loyal assistant, Ted Bank, in 1935. Well, one part of that question is true – Bank was named Idaho’s head coach in 1935.
No, the Kibbie Dome is not named after a former head coach, but rather a construction executive named William H. Kibbie, one of the project’s main contributors. This is how it goes for the wide majority of F.B.S. stadiums: The names on the outside typically honor trustees, school presidents, benefactors, veterans or, simply, the school itself.
One more true or false: Of the 124 stadiums in the F.B.S., 26 honor a former coach in some fashion – either with his name gracing the stadium or with a field named in his memory. That’s true. Here they are:
Tags: Bill Snyder, Boise State, Chris Ault, Chris Petersen, Florida Atlantic, Frank Beamer, Gary Pinkel, Howard Schnellenberger, Idaho, Jim Grobe, Kansas State, Larry Blakeney, Mack Brown, Missouri, Nevada, Texas, Troy, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
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By Paul Myerberg // May 18, 2012
O.K., so we need to get through the summer, then the fall, then next winter, next spring, followed by next summer, then next fall, then another winter, spring and summer. Once we get through that, this period of two seasons and each year’s offseason, we’ll be ready to watch Alabama take on West Virginia in the Georgia Dome. We’re ready now, actually, but 2014 remains long, long in the distance – it feels like years away, but that can’t be right. One simple takeaway from this high-profile matchup: The Chick-fil-A College Kickoff, due to enter its fifth season this fall, has become the game’s marquee regular season event.
Tags: Alabama, Big 12, Boise State, Chick-fil-A College Kickoff, Clemson, College football playoff, Georgia, Nick Saban, SEC, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
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By Paul Myerberg // Apr 28, 2012
The year is 1998. In the fourth round of the year’s draft, Tampa Bay selects Virginia Tech center Todd Washington. Five picks later, also in the fourth round, Oakland takes offensive guard Gennaro DiNapoli, also of Virginia Tech. A pair of Hokies come off the board in the seventh round, both running backs, over back-to-back picks: Ken Oxendine — remember him? — and Marcus Parker. That was it for the Hokies: four players, all on offense, two linemen, two running backs. If you have a hard time keeping that draft class fresh in mind, you can always remember it as the last class in which at least one N.F.L. team didn’t draft a defensive back out of Virginia Tech.