Previewing the Hokies

Logan Thomas & David Wilson

Offense

Scoring Offense28.5 PPG55th Nat.
Passing Offense227.1 YPG63rd Nat.
Rushing Offense188.7 YPG30th Nat.
Scoring Defense17.2 PPG7th Nat.
Pass Defense206.2 YPG39th Nat.
Rush Defense107.8 YPG16th Nat.

Virginia Tech’s offense has gone through variety of changes over the years. The one constant since the late 90s has been the presence of a difference maker at QB. This year’s version of the Virginia Tech offense is not as explosive as in years past but effective nonetheless under the direction of 6’6 245lb QB Logan Thomas. Any discussion of Virginia Tech’s offense begins and ends with the running game. Tech has a run heavy offense using both RB David Wilson and Thomas primary ball carriers. For much of the season, the Hokie offense revolved around getting David Wilson the ball in as many ways as possible. Dumping off to Wilson and letting him make something happen is a standard offensive play for the Hokies. Stopping the Hokie run game and tackling Logan Thomas will be a major test for the Michigan defense and likely determine the outcome of the game. Thomas frequently bounces off of tackles and is a load to bring down or disrupt even when the defense gets into the backfield. Hitting and wrapping up will not be enough as Thomas is often still able to complete passes with defenders draped over him.

Virginia Tech recruits and signs more TEs than any other team in college football. They do so because TEs are often the more versatile and multi-talent athletes on a roster. The Hokies often take TEs and convert many of them into offensive linemen because of their athleticism and footwork. This Virginia Tech team is no exception as starting left tackle Andrew Lanier is a converted TE. Virginia Tech’s offensive line boasts 4 senior starters but they have struggled for much of the year, especially in pass protection. The interior of the Hokie offensive line has been especially poor. The Hokies have posted some impressive rushing totals but those numbers are a reflection on the talent of David Wilson not the Hokie offensive line.
 
PassingComp. %YardsTDINTYards/Gm.
#3 Logan Thomas59.2 %2799199215.3
#6 Mark Leal69.2%1532076.5

Virginia Tech’s uses a very basic passing game and tries to limit Logan Thomas to easy throws. The Hokies rely on the run so when they do drop back to pass they normally face one on one coverage. The Hokies run a ton of WR screens, both bubble screens and quick hitting plays if opposing corners play off. If Michigan comes out in the same off coverage look it has for much of the season, expect the Hokies to throw quick screens until there is a change in coverage. One advantage the Hokies have over most teams in the passing game is size. The Hokies have some of the biggest receivers in college football. The Hokies use three major downfield targets when teams play press coverage, Marcus Davis (6’4 231lbs), Jarrett Boykin (6’2 219lbs), and D.J. Coles (6’3 225lbs ). As a change of pace the Hokies also employ slot receiver Danny Coale and TE Chris Drager underneath and on screens. As mentioned, screens and dump offs to David Wilson are also a big part of the Hokie passing.

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Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff Standings

Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff Standings

Our Season Long Contest is now complete. Congrats to ZoltanMeskoFanClub on winning the first place prize of a new slim PS3 or XBox 360. UM Football21 for winning a FatHead of Desmond Howard and to alans26 for winning the autographed book.
Final Standings

Leaders

Overall Big Ten Playoff Points

ZoltanMeskoFanClub

86.5

UM Football21

80.5

alans26

74.0

rockediny

65.0

crony3289

64.0

TheWhat1124

63.5

jbr12

61.5

umgoblue14

51.5

CWoodson4Life

44.0

WolvyMike

41.0

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The Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff

2010 Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff

The following ten UMGoBlue.com forum members are in the Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff for the Prizes (PS3/360, Desmond Fathead, Autographed Book):

alans26WolvyMike
crony3289jbr12
ZoltanMeskoFanClubrockediny
CWoodson4LifeUM Football21
TheWhat1124umgoblue14

The Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff asks for everyone to predict the scores of the bowl games that involve Big Ten Teams. (I decided to also include Nebraska) Points will be awarded to entries for each game based on 1) whether or not they chose the winner 2) then on the corresponding margin of victory or defeat. For the first 6 games on this list, points will be awarded 10-9-8-7..1. For the Gator Bowl (since it does involve Michigan) points will be awarded 15-13.5-12-10.5-9-7.5….1.5 scale – For the BCS Games, points will be awarded 20-18-16-14-12-10….2.

Insight Bowl – Iowa vs. Missouri – December 28

Texas Bowl – Illinois vs. Baylor – December 29

Holiday Bowl – Nebraska vs. Washington – December 30

TicketCity Bowl – Northwestern vs. Texas Tech – January 1

Outback Bowl – Penn State vs. Florida – January 1

Capital One Bowl – Michigan State vs. Alabama – January 1

Gator Bowl – Michigan vs. Mississippi State – January 1

BCS Rose Bowl – Wisconsin vs. TCU – January 1

BCS Sugar Bowl – Ohio State vs. Arkansas – January 4

Scenarios to explain the point system. Entry A predicts Michigan by 8. Entry B predicts Michigan by 14. Entry C predicts Mississippi State by 1. Michigan actually wins the game by 1. Entry A would get the most points followed by Entry B and finally Entry C. Since the first two entries first predicted Michigan to win they get credence over Entry C. Now if two entries both predict the same margin of victory, then the tiebreaker would be who actually predicted a score closest to the actual outcome. If two entries predict the same score, they will split the points equally.

This thread will be locked on December 28, 2010. Up until that time you may change your picks as much as you like. There is definitely a sense of strategy. Being the only one to predict a certain team to win is a major risk, get it right and you get first place and the most points for that game, get it wrong and you get the least points and are behind the 8 ball in this competition.

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