Monday, September 28, 2009


From the Roanoke Times:

After Virginia Tech lost to Alabama in its Sept. 5 season opener, the consensus opinion was the Hokies had squandered all hopes of being a possible contender in college football's national title chase.

Guess what? Three weeks later, Tech finds itself back in the hunt.

As a result of its impressive 31-7 thrashing of then-No. 9 Miami on Saturday in Blacksburg, parlayed with losses by four teams in last week's top 10, Tech vaulted from 11th to sixth in each of the writers' and coaches' polls released Sunday.

The Hokies (3-1, 1-0 ACC) jumped the quartet that lost, plus moved past Oklahoma, which was idle last week.

Tech is the highest-ranked of any team with a loss, a list that includes such perennial contenders as Southern California, Oklahoma and Ohio State.

After playing three ranked teams in its first four games, Tech will be huge favorites the next two weeks -- at Duke (2-2, 0-0) on Saturday, then at home against Boston College (1-1, 3-1) on Oct. 10.

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