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A video of Al on her HDTV*

A video of Al on her HDTV*

I’m having a great football Saturday. My significant other is fishing on the coast and won’t return until tomorrow morning and my daughter’s at work, so I have total control of the remote. I’m supposed to be writing, but thanks to the power of wireless Internet, I’m able to do that on the couch in front of my 42” HD TV. And, really, nothing looks better on HD TV than college football. I’m flipping between one of the most exciting scoring shootouts in ACC history, Duke vs. NCSU* on ESPNU and what looked like it might be defensive SEC showdown, Mississippi vs. Alabama on CBS. Kind of sounds assbackwards, doesn’t it? I’m also enjoying the fact that UNC decided that a quarter or two of offense can be very useful in a football game, although I wish they’d make this discovery in an ACC game rather than against a non-FBS opponent. Oh, well, Georgia Southern is no Gardner-Webb.

Lane Stadium - Home of the Shysters, I mean Hokies

Lane Stadium - Home of the Shysters, I mean Hokies

Earlier today, I watched in shocked disbelief as No. 5 Virginia Tech beat the living bejesus out of Boston College. First of all, I’m shocked that a non-SEC, Big 10 or SEC team is ranked that high. Secondly, I can’t believe that Virginia Tech beat Boston College at all and certainly not by a score of 48-14. Usually, Virginia Tech can be counted on to crush all of the Tobacco Road teams that it’s allowed to play since the ridiculous expansion of the ACC, not to mention dashing Georgia Tech’s hopes for a BCS bowl, and then get embarrassed by Boston College, who usually goes into the game with at least 2 or 3 losses under its belt.

If you’re a Hokies fan or you’re one of those rare people who actually pays attention to ACC football year in and year out (like me), this drubbing of Boston College might have you excited. Tired of being razzed on by Pac 10 and Big 10 fans who seem to find ACC football hysterical (the irony of that being spectacular), you think, “Aha! This year Virginia Tech really is for real. This time they have a shot at helping prevent the ACC from being the laughingstock of bowl season. They’ve cleared the BC hurdle. We’re on our way.”

To that I say, “Not so fast, Sparky.”

The fact of the matter is that Virginia Tech is a sham. They are the Penn State or Ohio State of the ACC. They get all the accolades, the high rankings, the prediction that this is their year, but they can’t live up to the hype. It’s true. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen into the trap of thinking that Virginia Tech is for real. It’s like the days when I used to think Florida State was for real (yes, I’m that old) because they’d destroy all of their opponents in the then 9-team ACC, only to lose to Notre Dame or USC and, of course, Florida.

The story isn’t going to change, folks. This win over Boston College is just Virginia Tech’s attempt to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. In reality, they will slice and dice their way through the conference, with possibly one other loss (I predict Maryland or Virginia). They will then meet whoever is the champ of the Atlantic Division (I predict Wake Forest, but it’s a toughie) and beat them something like 31-3. Then, amidst lots of fanfare, they’ll be off to the Orange Bowl only to be embarrassed by Cincinnati or Missouri (I predict a 27-7 score).

The Orange Bowl - Where VT will be squeezed

The Orange Bowl - Where VT will be squeezed

After the debacle is over, I’ll get the inevitable phone call from my father, a UVA fan, that’ll begin with “Stupid Hokies.” And I’ll have to say, “No, Daddy, they’re not stupid; they’re the snake oil salesmen of the ACC.”

*Denotes extreme sarcasm

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I think I can confidently predict that—even if both teams lose a game or two—that Florida and Texas will play for the FBS National Championship in January.

“How is this?” you12319882-800x533 ask. After all, the 2009 football season is only a few weeks old and already “surprise upsets” are the talk of the season. No. 4 Ohio State lost to USC who then lost to Washington. No. 9 Oklahoma State beat Georgia only to lose to Houston the next week. Oklahoma started out at No. 3 and lost to BYU, who moved up to No. 7 and then promptly was blown out last week by unranked Florida State. The latest Top 10 team to fall? No. 4 Mississippi at the hands of South Carolina last night. Seriously? South Carolina, who barely beat N.C. State, beat Ole Miss?

Even when Top 10 teams win, there are still questions. Why didn’t Florida reduce Lane Kiffin’s lackadaisical band of vagabond players to rubble? How did Texas Tech manage to give Texas a game? Why are the only teams being destroyed regularly are the hapless Division I-AA and lower teams playing the Top 10?

These questions lead to other, bigger questions. Why is Ohio State always considered a National Contender only to be embarrassed in post-season bowl games? Why is the Top 10 always so Big 10 heavy? Why has Texas been considered a national contender for the past few years, even when their quarterback was a sophomore and their defensive line looked like a slice of swiss cheese?

So, surely with all this excitement and supposed parity in the conferences, no one would be bold enough to predict the BCS Champion at this point in the season, right?

Wrong. Anyone can figure it out if we throw out the idealistic notion that the football polls are actually based on how good the players and coaches are. Sports commentators are paid big bucks to perpetrate this myth and, toward the end of the season, they even enlist the aid of scary looking laptops running algorithms to compare stats to back up their opinions. But just like that op-ed piece in the Washington Post that uses statistics to back it up, it’s still an opinion. (more…)

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