Let's hope the Hokies take advantage of the week off, as they'll need lots of motivation, endurance and good coaching to finish out a tough ACC schedule. Though there's not game this weekend, Virginia Tech faces Boston College away next week, followed by an away game at Florida State. These two matchups are crucial. BC doesn't look bad, and the Seminoles are probably the toughest ACC team VT will have to play (until the championship game, if they make it there, where they will likely face Wake Forest if all continues as it has been).
To finish out the season, the Hokies face Maryland on what should be a very loud Thursday night home game Nov. 6, followed by Miami away before mauling Duke and Virginia at home in Lane Stadium. Maryland shouldn't be a problem, as they've been surprising this year, but then sputtered in a nonscoring game against the atrocious Virginia Cavalier squad. Duke is of course better this year, but that's not saying much. The Hokies need a strong win in Chesnut Hill, followed by what will probably be a squeaker at FSU. If they can win those two games and avoid any fourth-quarter upsets against Miami, they should be well on their way to the title game against what will likely be the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest — a Wake team that had a close, but great, game against the Clemson Tigers this Thursday, the same Clemson team that started the season in the top 10 (ah, rankings, how you fail us).