Posted on: October 1, 2010 3:49 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Saturday Meal Plan is a helpful guide put together for you to maximize the results of your college football diet. Just enough to leave you feeling full, but not so much you spend your entire Saturday in the bathroom.
Main Course - Clemson vs. #16 Miami - Noon - ESPN2
Okay, so once again breakfast has a lot of weak sauce in it this week, but we promise you that lunch and dinner are going to be a lot better. Just remember what your mom used to tell you: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So eat this up because you're going to need it to help prepare you for the rest of the day.
Just beware that while the Miami looks good using too much Jacory Harris in it can cause indigestion.
Side Orders: This morning we offer some sides that should fill you up, but will probably leave you hating yourself for eating it later. There's Ohio State steamrolling Illinois, and our "Ninth Place in the SEC" special, Mississippi and Kentucky. If you already hate yourself, try some of the Minnesota and Northwestern.
Main Course - #8 Oklahoma vs. #21 Texas - 3:30pm - ABC
Now that you've choked down your breakfast we can reward you with the real food for the day. We're offering our Red River Rivalry this afternoon which is chock full of red meat deliciousness. Just remember that the Longhorn can be somewhat tough and inconsistent.
Texas has a lot on their plate this week, as they are coming off a rather embarrassing loss at home to UCLA last week, and a similar performance against Oklahoma this weekend could destroy the rest of their season.
Side Orders: If you're not sure you can handle all the beef in our main course we do offer plenty of other options this afternoon. There's Michigan State hosting Wisconsin in a game that will give us a better idea of what either team is really about this season. There's also North Carolina State and Virginia Tech, or if offenses that set the game of football back 80 years are more your style, there's always LSU and Tennessee. My advice is to just watch Patrick Peterson in that game.
Main Course - #1 Alabama vs. #7 Florida - 8pm - CBS
We didn't lead you astray with our Alabama and Arkansas last week, and we promise you that this week's Florabama won't disappoint either. Alabama has already faced it's first real test of the season, but this week they are the test. Florida is 4-0 but didn't wow any of the critics until last week's Trey Burton-centric dismantling of Kentucky.
If the Gators can manage to get past the Tide they'll officially be back in the national championship picture.
Side Orders: It's not a bad night when your second choice features another two top ten teams. If fowl is more your taste, then try the Oregon and Stanford. The Pac-10 doesn't have a championship game, yet, but this game basically is just that. Two high-scoring offenses finally get to test two defenses that have proven sturdy thus far. If you prefer something a bit more old-fashioned we're also offering Iowa and Penn State.
Late Night Snacks
Nevada and Colin Kaepernick are two things you'll probably be hearing about quite a bit in the coming weeks, as they're essentially the last thing standing between Boise State and an undefeated season. So why not check them out when they travel to Vegas to take on UNLV?
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Posted on: September 30, 2010 8:39 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Those wondering about the availability of Virginia Tech's all-conference tailback Ryan Williams may wonder no further; the all-conference tailback was ruled out of his second straight game by the Hokies today as Williams continues to recover from a hamstring injury.
Hamstring injuries have a nasty habit of lingering for indefinite amounts of time, and aside from trying to help the healing process along with therapy like ultrasound stimulation, it really does come down to nothing more than patience and careful monitoring.
Fortunately, though, there may be no position in all of college football where a certain team has an embarrassment of riches than Virginia Tech has at running back. Even without Williams, Virginia Tech can depend on Darren Evans (2nd team all-ACC rusher as a freshman) and David Wilson (Virginia Tech's most productive rusher this season). Considering QB Tyrod Taylor and FB Josh Oglesby are both still healthy, the Virginia Tech backfield is still one of the most formidable in the nation.
Posted on: September 25, 2010 3:48 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
The Hokies may have been without starting running back Ryan Wiliams, but they still found ways to score against Boston College in Chestnut Hill on Saturday. Kicker Chris Hazley converted all four of his attempted field goals, including one from 45 yards out, to lead Virginia Tech to the 19-0 win.
The Boston College defense held their end of the bargain for the Eagles, doing a great job of keeping the talent-loaded Hokies offense out of the end zone, but the offense was unable to execute all day. Boston College starting quarterback Dave Shinskie was benched in the second half after only completing 11 fo 25 passes and turning the ball over twice. Boston College made their way deep into Virginia Tech territory on two occasions in the first half, but one drive ended with a missed field goal and Shinskie threw an interception in the end zone on the other.
The Hokies snapped a two-game losing streat at Boston College, and Darren Evans' two yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the first offensive touchdown in Chestnut Hill since 2002. While the national title hopes of preseason are long gone, it was a crucial win for the Hokies if they plan to make a run at the ACC Championship game.
Posted on: September 25, 2010 1:40 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
While not having Ryan Williams available this week seems to be slowing down the Virginia Tech offense a bit this week, his absence hasn't stopped them from carrying a 7-0 lead into halftime against Boston College in Chestnut Hill. Though they've been given quite a bit of help from Boston College miscues.
Darren Evans is responsible for Virginia Tech's lone score, punching it into the end zone from three yards out on the first play of the second quarter. Also, while he hasn't been spectacular, Tyrod Taylor has been efficient without his top running back behind him, completing seven of his nine pass attempts for 109 yards.
Though the real story of this game has been Boston College's mistakes in the red zone. After driving down the field midway through the first quarter the Eagles had a first and goal from the Tech ten-yard line. After failing to get in on their first two plays, quarterback Dave Shinskie was intercepted by Jayron Hosley in the end zone.
Then to make matters worse, at the end of the half the Eagles had a first and goal with 15 seconds left in the half and no timeouts. Shinskie dropped back to pass, but after being unable to find an open receiver, he took off for the end zone.
Only to come up a foot short and be tackled in bounds keeping the clock running. So instead of being up at least 10-7, Shinskie's mistakes have BC down seven at the half.
Posted on: September 23, 2010 5:35 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams set all kinds of freshman rushing records last season on the school and conference level. Coming into the 2010 season, the dual halfback attack of him and Darren Evans was supposed to help lead the Hokies to national prominence. So far, Virginia Tech has been less than prolific, and things got worse against East Carolina when Williams had to leave the game with a hamstring injury.
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer decided to stay mum on the situation until today, when the Hokies released their official injury report for Saturday's conference matchup with Boston College. Unfortunately for Hokie fans, the report confirmed what many had speculated: Ryan Williams will be out against the Eagles this weekend.
After seeing Williams be carried off the field against the Pirates, the Hokies have been preparing to run without him all week. This will be the first time Darren Evans has assumed a majority of the snaps since his productive freshman season in 2008. It will also be the first time that much of the young Hokies defense has played a true road game, after kicking off at FedEx Field and playing the next two games in Lane Stadium.
Boston College enters the game 2-0, with wins over Weber State and Kent State. The game kicks off in Chestnut Hill at Noon (ET) on Saturday.
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Posted on: September 23, 2010 4:57 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
This season's Labor Day blockbuster between Virginia Tech and Boise State, in addition to being a damned good game, appears to have convinced some of college football's biggest names to give D.C. a try. In a statement released today, the Washington Redskins announced that their FedEx Field would host two intriguing games in the (not-so-immediate) future:
FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins, announced today that it has added two more exciting college football games to its already unmatched slate. Brigham Young and West Virginia will play on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, and Maryland will host Texas on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.
“We are pleased to host these matchups at FedExField,” Redskins Chief Marketing Officer Mitch Gershman said. “We strive to bring a number of high-profile sporting and entertainment events to FedExField as a benefit to our season ticketholders and the rest of the metropolitan area, and these games are great examples.”
FedExField will also host other high-profile college football games such as Penn State vs. Indiana on Nov. 20, 2010; Notre Dame vs. Maryland on Nov. 12, 2011; the 112th Army-Navy Game on Dec. 10, 2011; and Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati in 2012.
It's hard to fault teams for wanting to take a game to FedEx (do they ever call it "the Fed," or does that carry too much of a negative connotation?); recall, if you will, the scene of 90,000 fans going crazy during the Hokies' intro:
No, a scene like that probably won't unfold for PSU-Indiana (especially when the home team is Indiana) (no, seriously), but college football games in front of 90,000 fans and made even more high-profile by its stadium is awfully hard to turn down.
Oh, and Maryland: you have eight years to get on Texas' level. Clock's ticking.
Posted on: September 20, 2010 1:27 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams had to watch the Hokies finish their first win of the 2010 season in street clothes and on crutches last Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury during the first half. Though Darren Evans and David Wilson did a nice job filling in for Williams, with Virginia Tech's ACC opener looming against Boston College this Saturday in Chestnut Hill, there are plenty of people wondering what the running back's status is for the game.
Well, don't ask Frank Beamer, because he isn't talking.
During his press conference on Monday Beamer said that Williams' status won't be known until the team's injury report is released on Thursday. He was then asked a follow-up question about whether Williams felt any better on Sunday and reiterated that his status won't be known until Thursday.
Which is coach speak for "Oh I know exactly what Ryan Williams' status is for this weekend's game, but I sure as heck aren't going to let Boston College know what it is any sooner than I have to." A strategy that I have no problem with a coach employing whenever he sees fit.
Personally I don't think Williams will play against Boston College, which could prove to be a big problem for a Virginia Tech team looking to erase the memory of a horrible start to the season with a strong ACC campaign. Boston College has given up less yards rushing than any other team in the ACC so far this season (54.0 yards per game), and Beamerball consists of ramming the ball down your throat and maybe blocking a punt or two in the process.
Without Williams, that becomes a bit tougher to accomplish.
Posted on: September 18, 2010 4:47 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 5:16 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
It may have taken three weeks, but the Virginia Tech Hokies are finally on the board with their first win of the season. While it probably doesn't completely remove the sting of last week's embarrassing loss to James Madison -- or the accompanying t-shirt -- it surely helps bring Hokie Nation back in off the ledge a bit.
What had been a back and forth first half in Blacksburg quickly turned into Virginia Tech domination in the second half, as the Hokies dominated the game's final 30 minutes, outscoring East Carolina 28-3 after halftime. The Pirates did extend their halftime lead to 27-21 before the Hokies just took over.
With the Hokies missing Ryan Williams, David Wilson stepped right in and took over, scoring the touchdown that gave Virginia Tech a 28-27 lead, and they never looked back. A few minutes later Wilson found the end zone again to extend the lead to 35-27.
Rashad Carmichael provided the final nail in the coffin early in the fourth quarter when he picked off a Dominique Davis pass and took it back 68 yards to the house. Carmichael would strike again later, picking off another Davis pass. On the very next play Tyrod Taylor hit Jarrett Boykin for a 69-yard touchdown to make it 49-27.
After that all the Hokies had to do was run out the clock.
Of course, while finally getting on the board with a victory is nice for Frank Beamer and the Hokies, there still could be some bad news when we find out how bad Ryan Williams' hamstring injury is. Though Darren Evans and David Wilson did fill in quite nicely, finishing with a combined 165 yards and three touchdowns.