The first A.P. poll was released, and with no surprise, the Ohio State Buckeyes are ranked #1. That sets up a matchup of the number one squad versus an unranked foe in week one. The Hokies were left out of the Associated Press party which isn't very surprising. The Hokies have been an afterthought in just about every major poll, and nothing new to report here. What is interesting is Virginia Tech's history when facing off against the best team in all the land. It is also important to note the history as it pertains to number one teams losing the opener. More on that later.
Virginia Tech is 0-8 lifetime against a number one ranked foe. The last example of Virginia Tech playing a #1 squad was the 2013 contest against Alabama in Atlanta. The Hokies dropped that game 35-10. The time before that was also a neutral field tilt against U.S.C. at FedEx field in Maryland. The Hokies lost that one 24-13. The last time #1 came to Blacksburg was in 2001 as the 'Canes fans threw roses on Worsham Field at Lane Stadium. That game was a true heartbreaker with the boys in maroon losing 26-24.Ernest Wiliford dropped a potential 2 point conversion that hit him in the chest. Miami also beat us at home in 1992, 43-23.
No. 1 Alabama beat Virginia Tech 35-10 in the Chik-Fil-A Kickoff Game earlier this afternoon & Texas & Oklahoma (No's 15 & 16) won handily.— Davey Segal (@DaveyCenter) September 1, 2013
The Hokies look a bit more promising with the Buckeyes coming to town, and most folks are optimistic. Talking with the Gobbler Country insiders, we've heard everything from a squeaker to a blowout. Make sure you keep it locked in at gobblercountry.com, as we will break this game down from every perspective and angle.