Thursday, September 29, 2011

Enter Sandman - ACC GOTW

Hello there Hokies, welcome to the 2011 college football season. It is week five and this is the first time that anyone has noticed that Virginia Tech is even fielding a football team.

After four glorified scrimmages versus non-AQ opponents the #11 Virginia Tech Hokies will be hosting the #13 Clemson Tigers on Saturday night. And really, Blacksburg has always been one of the best home field advantages in the country, but Blacksburg at night is an intimidating place for opposing teams not to mention a special place for Hokie fans.

The Hokies have been fairly pedestrian against their inferior opponents through the first four weeks. However, last season they lost an early game to heavy underdog James Madison, but, rebounded to sweep their ACC schedule and play in the Orange Bowl. So you cannot glean too much from these first four games other than the fact that the Hokie players have taken care of business and can now get fired up for big game.

Looking at the numbers the important statistics for this game favor the Hokies and their ability to run the ball, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 190 yards per game. This will be an important factor in the game because Clemson’s run defense is still suspect giving up 4.8 yards per carry and 176 yards per game.

The Clemson Tigers are one of the feel good stories of the college football season. First, they ended the nation’s longest winning streak by beating Auburn 38 – 24 and then they defeated a once 5th ranked Florida State team 35 – 30. A discussion about Clemson’s season begins and ends with quarterback Tajh Boyd’s ability to command the high powered Tiger offense. Boyd has navigated the offense to over 500 yards per game, while averaging over 300 yards of passing per game. Many of Boyd’s passing yards have been to standout freshman Sammy Watkins who has already amassed over 400 yards receiving and 6 touchdowns. The big question for the Tigers is whether they will be able to stay focused after playing two opponents ranked in the Top 25 the two preceding weeks, both of which were on their home field and possibly took a mental toll on the players and coaches.

The atmosphere at Lane Stadium will be over the top for the Hokies first real test of the season and will become downright hostile to a young Clemson team the minute Metallica’s Enter Sandman announces the Hokies are taking the field. If Clemson can withstand the initial wave of emotion this could be a real battle and a close game. However, I am taking Virginia Tech at home and predict the young freshman and sophomore starters for Clemson will begin to make mistakes away from their home field. Look for the Hokies to cover the 7 points and win this game 28 – 20.

On another topic, in deference to the last two weeks when I advised you to take Florida State, I completely missed on those picks. However, if you can find some place taking action on the Noles this week you should jump on it. GUARANTEED WINNER this week, they can’t lose.


Anonymous said...

Come on NVNole...there's no way the Chokies slow down Watkins and Boyd!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, my Hokies are as usual a little overrated and I'm not overly optimistic for Saturday. But aside from some bad opening drives the defense has been pretty good and should be able to handle Clemson. The question is whether Logan Thomas can hit some receivers in stride. If they do score four tds, two of them will be Beamer Ball style.

Productive Sweatpants said...

I think Clemson has been under rated this season. Watkins is sick. Just not sure the Hokies have enough. Even in Blacksburg.

SEC Guy said...

Does NVNole even watch anything or just flip a coin and then play dungeons and dragons and wait for his momma to make him meatloaf? Ma, THE MEATLOAF (if you've seen wedding crashers)