Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Hokie Football: 2006 Schedule

Virginia Tech 2006 Schedule
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 12-0
Barring total disaster worst case record: 8-4Realistic record: 10-2
It'll be a major shocker if the Hokies aren't 5-0 going into a nationally televised road trip to Boston College. This is a tailor-made national title schedule with only one game, at Miami, that Tech is likely to be the underdog, and there isn't another killer to be found. Outside of the trip to Miami, the road schedule is a light breeze playing at North Carolina, BC and Wake Forest.
Sept. 2 - NortheasternOct. 21 - Southern Mississippi
Sept. 9 - @ North CarolinaOct. 26 - (Thurs.) Clemson
Sept. 16 - DukeNov. 4 - @ Miami
Sept. 23 - CincinnatiNov. 11 - Kent State
Sept. 30 - Georgia TechNov. 16 - @ Wake Forest
Oct. 12 - (Thurs.) @ Boston CollegeNov. 25 - Virginia
Almost certain winLikely lossCould go either way

I've been all over CollegeFootballNews.com this week, as lately they've been unleashing preview after preview regarding practically every football team worth a damn, and while taking a glance at several ACC schedules, I stumbled upon their brief outlook on Virginia Tech's upcoming season. I decided to take it a little further, putting the schedule into a easy-to-read table and put in my two cents worth.

For the most part, this simply is a schedule for Virginia Tech with national title implications. In fact, the idea of a perfect season in 2006 for the Hokies is not at all far-fetched. All four out-of-conference matchups are a joke and will undoubtedly serve as a breeze for head coach Frank Beamer and his crew. The only obvious test for the Hokies will be their mid-season trip down to the sunny beaches in Miami, where VT has, in fact played better over the past few years. Other conference matchups such as hosting North Carolina and a trip to take on BC shouldn't be too much of a cause of concern for Hokie fans, as CFN summed it up best in their preview by stating:
If the Tar Heels and the Eagles are two of your biggest road obstacles to playing in the national title game, you're going to be in the hunt.
Virginia and Georgia Tech could also be deemed as big-time threats to dethrone any Hokie hopes at an unblemished record, but I just don't see these teams causing much of a ruckus against Bud Foster's stellar returning defensive unit led by the Big Three -- Xavier Adibi, Vince Hall and Aaron Rouse. Coming off career seasons, their individual performances will ultimately compromise much of the team's success or failures, so don't be surprised for them to surpass last year's numbers with ease.

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