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Monday, October 17, 2005

VT Third in First BCS Poll

The first BCS Poll of the year was released today and the top of the poll has very few surprises with USC and Texas coming in at #1 and #2 respectively. They are followed by unbeatens Virginia Tech, Georgia and Alabama.

Those five teams are ranked pretty much the same in both the human and computer polls, but there is some disagreement after that. Traditional powers like Miami (6th in human, 13th in computers) and Notre Dame (11th and 12th in human, 25th in computers) are favored by the human voters, while Wisconsin (17th in human, 8th in computers) and West Virginia (20th in human, 12th in computers) are favored by the artificial intelligence.

While there is still a lot of football left to be played, there is already debate stirring about who might be left out of the championship game if USC and Texas continue to be unbeaten. VT fans are already worried that their beloved Hokies could be this year's Auburn in such a case. I believe that such fears are unfounded, and I am confident that if VT continues to win, they will be in the Rose Bowl come Jan. 3.

As of now, Texas and Virginia Tech have each played one ranked opponent, #13 Ohio State for the Longhorns and #20 West Virginia for the Hokies. Ohio State still has some tough games in the Big Ten while WVU is the frontrunner to win in the weak Big East. It is entirely possible that the Mountaineers could end the season ranked higher than the Buckeyes. The remaining opponents of VT and Texas have similar combined records, coming in at 21-9 and 20-10 respectively. However, Texas only plays one more ranked opponent in #8 Texas Tech, while Virginia Tech still has to face #6 Miami, #11 Boston College and #24 Virginia. As far as the Conference Championship games go, Texas would potentially face a weak Big XII North team such as Colorado, who could break back into the Top 25, but is unlikely to be ranked very high. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech would likely face either #10 Florida State or possibly a rematch with Boston College. In any case, I remain confident that if the Hokies are able to navigate their remaining schedule without a loss, they will be at least #2 in the BCS when the final bids are handed out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If VT goes undefeated, I'd look for a strong 1 loss team to go to the Sugar Bowl instead of the Hokies. Their program just isn't good enough to merit national championship consideration.

4:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

excuse me, I mean the Rose Bowl, the national championship.

4:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Tech goes undefeated, and USC or Texas lose a game, Tech will go to the Rose Bowl.

4:57 PM

Blogger Old Zach said...

Jealous much?

5:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon #1 -- you are an idiot. There is no way a 1 loss team would pass Virginia Tech in the BCS if they go undefeated.

6:02 PM

Blogger GOPHokie said...

First anon, you're crazy.
Zach, I hate to tell ya, but I think if TX and USC win out, they are the rose bowl competitors.
Since SOS is no longer a stand alone section and QW has been taken out of the BCS, we wont get much help there. Plus, we will never pass TX in the polls, so we would have to be 2 spots ahead in the computer rankings to beat them out. The computers have always been biased against us, and that wont change this year.
Face it folks, unless TX or USC loses, the Hokies have no chance of playing for the national title.

6:04 PM

Blogger Old Zach said...

With all due respect, GOPHokie, I think you are wrong. First of all, computers are not biased. Secondly we would not have to be two spots ahead in the computer polls to beat out Texas. All we have to do is narrow Texas' margin in the human polls and i believe we will move ahead of them in the BCS based on our respective schedules. The ACC is considerably better than the Big XII this year and that will factor in as the season progresses.

6:24 PM

Blogger GOPHokie said...

I hope your right man, but I dont think we can pass them.

8:01 PM


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