Yahoo Sports' college football writer and former Auburn coach Terry Bowden put up his top 16 football teams, with Virginia Tech at number 7, three spots ahead of the USA Today & AP Polls. Here's what he had to say about Beamer's squad:
"The ultimate success of this team will fall squarely on the shoulders of first-year starter Marcus Vick, who hasn't played in an actual game in nearly two years. North Carolina State will throw everything but the kitchen sink at Vick in the very first game, and it won't stop until he proves he can make better decisions on the field than he has made off the field in the past two years. Other than that, the Hokies are loaded with talent, albeit a somewhat youthful secondary, and the schedule looks very accommodating."
Speaking of the schedule, here it is:
Sunday, 9/4: @ North Carolina State; 7:15 PM
Saturday, 9/10: @ Duke; 12:00 P.M.
Saturday, 9/17: Ohio; 3:30 P.M.
Saturday, 9/17: Georgia Tech; TBA
Saturday, 10/1: @ West Virginia; TBA
Saturday, 10/8: Marshall; TBA
Thursday, 10/20: @ Maryland; 7:45 P.M.
Thursday, 10/27: Boston College; 7:45 P.M.
Saturday, 11/5: Miami (FL); TBA
Saturday, 11/19: @ Virginia; TBA
Saturday, 11/26: North Carolina; TBA