I hate Virginia Tech so much.
I’ve gone on and one and on about the things I despise about them:
Their awful uniforms.
Their coach who looks like he has another coach growing off his neck.
Their alcoholic defensive coordinator who OWNS us.
The stupid ass turkey bugle call they play a million times during every game.
Coming in to the stadium to Enter Sandman…actually that’s pretty cool.
The fact that they win one big game every year and I am jealous of that fact.
The Vick brothers.
But you know what I really hate?
I hate that we are, at least in some way, responsible for it.
Virginia Tech used to be known as VPI and they were AWFUL.
They hired Frank Beamer who got them to play respectable football with his mix of good defense, ball control offense and dynamic special teams. But, again, they were respectable…nothing more, nothing less.
Then Miami got hit with sanctions in the Mid-90s. Virginia Tech started beating us during this period, which I guess we can call the “Second Dark Age” of Miami football. They beat us a lot. 5 straight times from 1995-1999.
That legitimized their program. It empowered them in the talent-laden “Tidewater” region of Virginia, allowing them to go in and get an athlete named Michael Vick, whom they previously would have had no shot at.
Since 1995, they have been a major pain in the ass. In fact, even in 2001 and 2002, when Miami possessed maybe the greatest compilation of talent in the history of college football, the Canes only won their 2 games against the Hokies by a total of 13 points.
Since 2003, VT has won 8 of 10 in the series. They OWN the Canes, particularly in Blacksburg, which is Miami’s little house of horrors.
Last year, when Miami played them at home in “special” gray uniforms (/throws up), they were 7-1.
A win against VT would have essentially wrapped up a birth in the ACC Title Game for the Canes.
VT came in with a tight end playing quarterback who had CLEARLY regressed from his junior year, when Miami had beat VT handily. It was the worst Hokies team in several years.
So what happened? Miami got blown out 42-24. AT HOME, IN PRIMETIME.
Of course they did.
It was a comedy of errors, maybe none more poignant then a play in the 3rd quarter (I think it was the 3rd quarter, that feels about right) when VT had 3rd and forever and Miami somehow managed to miss 4 tackles on a dump off screen pass and give up a touchdown.
But hey, Al Golden wears a tie and we have special uniforms so it’s all good.
Anyway, right now the ACC Coastal is in full meltdown mode. Everyone is losing to everyone else.
Virginia Tech looked really good in beating Ohio State on the road at the beginning of the season.
Since then, they have lost to East Carolina, Georgia Tech (who has lost 2 straight) and Pittsburgh (who has lost to Iowa, Akron and Virginia).
So yeah, Virginia Tech blows. Their quarterback, Michael Brewer, plays the game like he is constantly concussed. Their best receiver is a true freshman. Their best linebacker is Gregg Wiliams’ son (so he will be dirty and concuss a few of our guys). There is ANOTHER Fuller brother at corner, this one maybe the best of the whole Cot Damn bunch.
What does all of this mean?
We are going to go to their place, in primetime, with no other games on, and probably lose to this crapass team.
Because in order to have hope, you have to think that this Miami team will buck the trend under Golden, which means you have to be beholden to something other than cold hard science, which means you must think there is a Football God of some sort, which is CLEARLY not the case based on that FSU team continuing to win.
There is no Football God. There is no hope. There are only trends and numbers. And those state that once again, Miami is about to get stomach punched by a team with a much lower talent level.
Just keep in mind that, while it happens, we have ourselves to blame for it.