One of the most well-known events in American sports is “NFL Monday Night Football.” It is always the most viewed game of the week and something that whether you care about the teams or not, you watch. And with the NFL starting later this week, College Football has taken note, and will have their marquee game of the opening weekend played on “Monday Night.” Honestly, I am not sure how I feel about this in the long run. But obviously, I am ecstatic to get to see a big time matchup tonight, in that there is no NFL game anyways. Do I think it is fair to make the College kids to play on a Monday and have to be ready to go by the next Saturday? Not a chance. But as a fan, now I have something to watch tonight.
Now for Boise State, who we will refer to as the “Weekday Warriors” for the rest of this year, have next weekend off and do not play again until September 18th at Wyoming (12 day break). This is their Super Bowl though. In all honesty, if they win this game, they have a very solid shot at running the table for the 2nd consecutive year. On September 25th, they play a tough Oregon State team at home. Realize that TCU beat Oregon State on Saturday though. Then their only other tough game appears to be against Fresno State on November 19th. Fresno State knocked off a very good team out of the Big East in Cincinnati late Saturday night. Fresno’s defensive front looked very strong and gave UC their first regular season loss since an October game in 2008. But as I said, people are going to have to start referring to Boise State as the “Weekday Warriors.” On the year, they play 7 games on the tradition College Football Saturday. They have a Monday game tonight. A Tuesday game later this year. And 3 Friday games all in a row in November. So they have 5 of their 12 games being played on days other than Saturday! The interesting fact is that all 5 of their games played on weekdays are being aired on an ESPN of some sort. So I guess the exposure is worth it for the team that plays on the blue field.
Now Virginia Tech. Sadly, they do not get next weekend off. They will be back on the gridiron come Saturday against James Madison. Though James Madison appears to be a powder puff opponent for the Hokies, it is never easy to play on a Monday night and come ready to play again on Saturday. Virginia Tech has a much more traditional schedule than Boise. They play 10 times on Saturdays this season. Then of course they have the Monday game tonight, and then a Thursday night date against the defending ACC Champs Georgia Tech, on November 4th. Ironically, Virginia Tech only has 4 games this year on the ESPN networks. With the rich tradition of Frank Beamer’s Hokies, did you ever think you would see the day where Boise State had more games on ESPN than Virginia Tech?
But anyways, back to the business at hand. Boise and VTech are both outstanding football teams. Many are picking both of them to appear in BCS Bowl Games come January. And I will state that this would not surprise me. Many are saying that this is the year where Boise ends the streak and puts a team from a non BCS conference into the BCS Title Game. And though I think Boise is an outstanding team that returns all but one starter from their undefeated team of a year ago, this is not the year. The dream ends tonight in the nation’s capital. Frank Beamer’s boys are going to run all over the Broncos, and win a very close contest.
Between Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, the amazing Ryan Williams at running back, and the return of junior Darren Evans in the backfield, this team is the real deal. Boise will have no answer for a bigger and stronger team out of a power conference that has won 10 or more games, 6 straight years. Not to mention, Frank Beamer is arguably one of the best coaches College Football has to offer, and has been a mar of consistency in his 22 year stint with the Hokies. The team has made 17 consecutive bowl games and has their most talented team in recent memory. Lastly, this game is a makeshift home game for VTech, who routinely boasts one of the best defenses in the country and now has a great offense to complement it.
Kellen Moore and his main weapons, receivers Austin Pettis, Titus Young, and running back Jeremy Avery are deadly and will put up big numbers all year. But tonight, they will lose the battle in the trenches. Look for Virginia Tech to win by 7 in front of a pro Virginia Tech crowd.
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