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Boise State vs. Virginia Tech
Pointspread - Boise State -3 O/U 50
In case you haven't heard yet, the Boise State Broncos are bringing back 21 starters from last year's undefeated Fiesta Bowl winning team. They are going to be VERY good. Last year they dispatched Oregon in the season opener. That would prove to be the marquee win before downing TCU to end the 2009 season. This year they will start their quest for a BCS Title against a wily Virginia Tech team. The Hokies played their first game of the year in 2009 against eventual National Champions, Alabama. Frank Beamer's squad played formidably against the Crimson Tide, but lost 34-24. That season ended with a decisive victory over Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Despite the strength of Boise State, playing them is probably an easier task than last year's opener. This year's Hokies squad is clearly a better team. QB Tyrod Taylor is finally a senior. The athletic 6-1 217 lbs leader is always a threat to scramble, but he is also an effective passer. RB Ryan Williams set the NCAA ablaze last year racking up 1,720 yards and 21 TDs; as a freshman! Combine Williams with junior Derek Evans and you have an extremely potent tandem. Evans is back after tearing his ACL in 2009. The Hokies have the best combined rushing effort in the entire NCAA.
It's odd that I started off talking about offense for this team. The Hokies are widely known for the bad ass defense run by defensive coordinator Bud Foster. Sure, the offense is great in 2010, but the defense is as good as ever. The defensive line is rock solid as are the linebackers. This team is known for an exceptional secondary and they have one this year. However, the members of the secondary are inexperienced. All in all, this team delivers a balanced attack. They will need to be on their toes if they hope to down Boise State.
The Broncos are immensely talented. That goes without saying. They wouldn't have gone undefeated if that wasn't true. Anchoring the offensive effort will be Kellen Moore. He was vastly underrated in 2009, but he won't go unnoticed in 2010. He passed for an incredible 3,536 yards and 36 TDs last year while throwing just 3 INTs. To say that Moore is really good at what he does wouldn't be doing him justice. Titus Young and Austion Pettis are both back at WR. They combined for 24 TDs recs in 2009. The part of the offense that could give the Hokies trouble is the running game. It wasn't spectacular last year, but the talent there for it to be much improved.
Senior DE Ryan Winterswyk is back after making 1st Team All-WAC last year. He will be the best player on a Broncos defensive line that was and is dominant against the run. It will be up to him to stop the Hokies extremely potent rushing attack. The DBs lose Kyle Wilson who recorded 3 INTs last year, but are otherwise a solid bunch. From top to bottom the Boise State Broncos have the talent to compete with anyone in the nation.
This game will be extremely important for both teams. Virginia Tech and Boise State both have hopes of taking the BCS Title, but the loser of this game will be virtually eliminated from doing so. There will be plenty of blood, sweat, and tears not only from the winner but also from the loser of this game. With that said, the key matchups here are going to be the Boise State defense against the Virginia Tech run and the Virginia Tech secondary against Kellen Moore and his stable of WRs. Whichever team is the most effective stopping the other will come out on top.
Boise State is a -3 point road favorite in this game at Bodog Sportsbook as of this writing . It will be their toughest test of the year as it's all down hill from here. Seriously folks, their schedule is a joke. They shouldn't be considered for a National Title unless they beat every team on their schedule by 40 points.
Don't count on them getting by Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech plays a much tougher schedule week after week, year after year, and they still have 6 straight 10 win seasons. They'll be insulted that they are home dogs to Boise State. (ok not officially home dogs as the game is at FedEx field, where the Redskins play, but this is far from a neutral site - Va Tech has the advantage) This is a National TV, Monday night affair. The nation will be watching and the home crowd will be in an absolute frenzy. We can't pass up the field goal here folks. Virginia Tech +3 We also lean towards the Under 50
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