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The Pre-season Coaches Poll has been released and the Hokies find themselves 20th on the list. Judging from ESPN’s preseason take along with a few other respectable blogging sites, I think that ranking is just about where everyone expected the Hokies to be. Virginia Tech will only return three starters on offense and one of those starters missed most of the 2011 season. So, all-in-all, I’m pleased with the ranking.
Would I have liked to see Tech rated a little higher? Yes. But we’ve seen in the past that the initial pre-season ranking only matters if two of the top three preseason teams go undefeated and I just don’t see that happening this year. It’s tough to make it through the SEC unscathed and USC now has to play a Championship game against Oregon more than likely. None of the teams in the top five have an easy road to a 13-0 season.
I think if Virginia Tech takes care of business and wins our first five games, it wouldn’t shock me to see us vault into the top seven by week six. After that, it comes down to how we fare in ACC. But, those first five weeks are no gimmies. Georgia Tech will put up a good fight in week one and Cincinnati and Pittsburgh both received votes in the Coaches Poll as well. If Tech can make it to 5-0, this season may just shape up to be a special year.
Derrick Green Trims List to Six
A little bit of recruiting news broke today as five star running back Derrick Green out of Richmond, VA trimmed his list to six with the Hokies making the cut. Joining Virginia Tech on that list are Auburn, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Oregon, and Michigan.
The only constant in this race seems to be the Hokies as Ohio State, Alabama, and Clemson have all slow-played Green since they each have taken other running backs in this class.
I like the Hokies chances here as long as Green stays uncommitted throughout the season. The Michigan visit certainly wowed him and it wouldn’t shock me to see him commit there. But, the longer he stays open, the better it is for Virginia Tech.
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