Georgia Tech came up tops in our vote this week as the most likely blemish on the Hokies’ ACC Schedule for 2009. Virginia Tech travels to Atlanta to face the Yellow Jackets on October 17th, one week after squaring off against the recently meddlesome Boston College Eagles at home. This game doesn’t seem to set up as a trap game, as the Hokies get twelve days to rest before a big Thursday Night ESPN date with the Tar Heels at home. I fully expect this year’s installment of the “Battle of the Techs” to be one of the biggest challenges on the schedule, and the toughest road game for the Hokies. Georgia Tech’s running game (and crazy triple option offense) gave the Tech front seven a tough time last season, and while they were able to contain stud RB Jonathan Dwyer, Josh Nesbitt ran wild. With two new starters at running back this fall, Paul Johnson’s crew has a big chance to take away the Hokies’ stranglehold on the ACC with a win in this game, so it could turn out to be a nail-biter.
I was a little surprised that nobody considered Virginia as a possible upset and that Maryland only received one vote. As much as I love when my Hokies beat up on the boys from Charlottesville, the series has been a little too one-sided recently, and while I don’t feel like this year is right for the upset, anything can happen in a rivalry game. Maryland will also be tough, although I expect a large contingency of Hokie fans to raid Byrd Stadium to show their support. Tech struggled out of the gate the last time they played in College Park, and it wouldn’t shock me to see that happen again, but I believe their experience will carry them to a win. North Carolina also received one vote, but I have to think that Tech will be up to the challenge of a Thursday night contest against the vastly improved Heels. Basically no one outside of Boston College has been able to come into Blacksburg and win on a Thursday night, and I doubt that will change this year.
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