Brendan of From Old Virginia is hosting the first roundtable of the season. Let's get to it.
1. At UVA we have made wholesale changes to everything this past offseason: the coaching staff, the offense, the defense, the uniforms, even the color of the equipment shed. What change or changes on your own team are you most looking forward to watching play out on the field this season?
I'm looking forward to seeing what happens when the coaches put their trust in Tyrod Taylor. I think he'll finally be allowed to do things that maybe he wasn't his first three years in the program and that this offense will truly be his. Taylor trusts his receivers and trusts his own abilities so if he's given the reigns to this offense completely he could be really fun to watch.2. Who is the next ACC coach to get fired, and when? And if you think that's your own coach, who would you like to see replace him?
I think it'll be Tom O'Brien at NC State, but it won't be until after the season. State and Maryland have new athletics directors, but I think Maryland will win enough games to save Fridge's job. State won't win enough to save TOB's.
3. How excited are you about your team's out-of-conferece lineup this year? How would you grade your program overall when it comes to scheduling OOC games?
I like what the Hokies have done in recent years, which is have one marquee non-conference game and three cupcakes. As long as there's one big non-conference game to get excited about, I'll be happy. Unfortunately, those big non-conference games haven't been kind to the Hokies lately and the opener against Boise State this year could be the same way. Tech has a lot of players to replace while Boise State is experienced and confident.
4. What one player on your schedule (not in the ACC overall - your team's schedule only, and it doesn't have to be ACC) are you most worried will cause you pain and grief this year?
That would be Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore. Moore is a great quarterback and if the Hokies can't get pressure on him, he'll pick our secondary apart. He's also surrounded by some excellent receivers and an offensive line that only allowed five sacks in 2009.
5. Conversely, provide us a little bulletin board material. Which team on your calendar are you absolutely positive that not only will you stomp their guts to China, but you'll gain the warmest, fuzziest feeling of immense satisfaction out of doing it?
UVa. All the warm and fuzzies the Hoos are feeling right now with Mike London will be erased when they go 4-8 again this year.
6. It's been a loony offseason in the conference membership department, but the ACC sat out this round. Do you think the ACC is set at 12 teams for the long term? If not, which team(s) is/are most likely to be added, and which would you like to see?
I'd like to see the ACC expand to 16 teams and add Syracuse, Connecticut, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. I think this would improve the conference in both football and basketball and really anger the blue hairs on tobacco road, so it would make me really happy. The only bad thing that would happen from this is that Tech would have to play WVU again and deal with their fans.
7. Standard question for the finish: a) What do you expect out of your team, b) What kind of season would keep you content and happy, c) What kind of season would be a disappointment?
A) 10-2, ACC title. B) 10 wins, ACC title. C) Anything less than 10 wins and no ACC title. Basically, I just want to win the conference this year.