Is Va. Tech This Year's Auburn?
Brian Curtis and Eric Sorenson slug it out over the most pressing football questions
|Brian Curtis, CSTV Senior Editor||Eric Sorenson, CSTV.com Analyst|
NO. The comparison between the 2004 undefeated Auburn team and this year's edition of Virginia Tech is way off-base for a variety of evidentiary and common sense reasons. The hypothesis says that even if Virginia Tech runs the table this year, it will be left out of the BCS title game in Pasadena. I say no. I say they are headed to Southern California and will not fall victim as Auburn did in '04.
The Non-Conference Schedule
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We can only guess at what lies ahead in this debate, as Virginia Tech could lose this week against Marshall (though very unlikely). What we can do is look at history and predict -- and based on what I see, Virginia Tech will not be Auburn of last year.
So can't you just picture it? Marcus Vick carving up defenses even better than his brother. Mike Imoh bruising and dashing through defenses. Jeff King catching touchdowns and blocking kicks. And that wonderfully talented defense flying all over the field and running down track-type receivers.
To the surprise of no one, Virginia Tech ends up triumphant in its bowl game, and there the Hokies are, with confetti fluttering around as they lift the Sears Second-Place Trophy in the air.
Yes, get ready for it people. That's what happens when college football is run by corporate types in bad orange suits instead of sensible people promoting December Madness.
I don't want to see it. You don't want to see it. It's going to happen.
Last year, the college football Division I-A pool produced five (yes, 5) unbeaten teams. And with 12 remaining unbeatens, what is the likelihood of at least three again this year? Pretty good, I'd say. But most likely, we'll see a scenario where USC and Texas end up No. 1 and No. 2 and Va. Tech is left with post-game interviews that go something like, "Oh we'd love to play the winner of the Rose Bowl! Let's do it next week."
Is there a chance that Texas and USC could lose? Well, I'll tell you this, after this weekend, I'll be able to give you a definitive answer about Texas. Barring a major collapse, Oklahoma is the last hope for any team 3-through-119 has of the Horns losing.
So that leaves the Hokies. Is there a chance that wins over Miami and Florida State (in a possible ACC championship matchup) will allow them to leapfrog Texas? Yes, definitely.
But you know what will happen. If Tech jumps to No. 2, that's when Mack Brown and some Texas cronies make a few phone calls.
"Hey Coach, if you move Virginia Tech down a few places, you'll make the Big 12 look better AND you'll get more money from a Big 12 team going to the Rosey Bowly. Whaddya' say?"
Deals are made. Promises are kept. Collusion is in place. And lookee here, Virginia Tech falls back to No. 3 in early December. How do you think Cal ended up dropping way down to No. 7 and No. 8 in some coaches' polls, despite a double-digit win at Southern Miss last season? It's tawdry man, just tawdry.
That's the world of the BCS. USC and Texas started out high in the rankings and they're not going anywhere as long as they win, and win impressively. Which they should. Virginia Tech is this year's goat. Remember, guys, handle that second-place trophy carefully. Plaster of Paris is fragile.