College football preview Week 4

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College football preview Week 4

BIGGEST SURPRISE FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
I guess I shouldn't be surprised but I am. Even though we're only three games in, Florida State is showing big things. Their 52-0 shutout of Wake Forest was nothing short of dominant. Dare I say, this could be the Seminole's year.

BIGGEST LETDOWN FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
Where to begin. All three of our local ACC teams lost but I think I was most disappointed in Virginia Tech's 35-17 loss to Pittsburgh. The Hokies admitted they did not "come to play" and underestimated the Panthers. Quarterback Logan Thomas had arguably his worst performance in a Virginia Tech uniform.

Marylands defense has been pretty solid so far this season. Last weekend linebacker Darin Drakeford shined with a forced fumble, one sack and a season-high 8 tackles.

The Terps travel to Morgantown this weekend for a date with 8th-ranked West Virginia. The Mountaineers have plenty of weapons on offense including quarterback Geno Smith and Tavon Austin. Weve all heard stories about the West Virginia crowd (BYOB Bring Your Own Batteries) so head coach Randy Edsall has been trying to prepare his young squad for the noise and atmosphere. Unfortunately, I dont think it will be enough.
PREDICTION: WEST VIRGINIA
The Virginia Athletics Foundation received a large gift from former Wahoo Chris Long this week. Long, now with the St. Louis Rams, made a 300,000 contribution towards the building of the new George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility. It is the largest gift to VA football from an active professional athlete.

The Cavs visit Fort Worth on Saturday for a matchup with 17th-ranked TCU. Virginia struggled mightily last weekend in the running game and quarterback Michael Rocco has been under scrutiny by Wahoo fans but head coach Mike London insists Roccos teammates are behind him 100. Rocco will need his teammates support this weekend plus a lot of help from the offensive line because TCUs 4-2-5 defense is a handful.
PREDICTION: TCU

The Hokies will celebrate Military Appreciation Day on Saturday. The football team will raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project through the sale of camouflage VT hats and wristbands. The team will be wearing special camo helmets for the first time in school history.

Stop me if youve heard this before. The Hokies are coming off an embarrassing loss to previously winless ________... yeah, thats what I thought. Well, insert Pittsburghs name into the blank space for this year. Virginia Tech will have to bounce back this weekend against Bowling Green. Logan Thomas needs to forget last weekends performance and run out of the tunnel with a clean slate. The Hokies have faced adversity before and head coach Frank Beamer and his coaching staff always have them ready to go.
PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH

ACC GAME OF THE WEEK

Oh its going to be a good one.

10 Clemson at 4 Florida State.

Tajh Boyd (Hampton, Va (Phoebus)) vs. EJ Manuel (Virginia Beach, VA (Bayside)). Clemson has won six of the last nine meetings but the Seminoles look awfully good this year. In addition to the quarterbacks, keep your eye on Tigers WR Sammy Watkins and Seminoles RB Chris Thompson.
PREDICTION: FLORIDA STATE

Juco transfer named Hokies' starting quarterback for opener

Juco transfer named Hokies' starting quarterback for opener

In his first game with the Virginia Tech Hokies, Jerod Evans will be leading the team as the starting quarterback, head coach Justin Fuente announced on Thursday. The quarterback competition started as a two-man race between Evans and fifth-year senior Brenden Motley before a late surge by true freshman Josh Jackson turned it into a three-way battle. In the end, however, the decision was no surprise.

Evans, a junior transfer, began his college career at Air Force in 2013. He transferred to Trinity Valley Community College where he developed into a dynamic talent. In 2015, Evans threw for 395.5 yards per game and 38 touchdowns in just eight games before a wrist injury ended his season.

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Rated as the No. 1 dual-threat JUCO quarterback in the country, Evans was recruited by Fuente while he was still at Memphis and chose to follow the head coach to Blacksburg.

New coaches are rarely afforded the opportunity of starting their own recruit in their first season at a new school. Given that and the high potential of Evans as a playmaker, it was ultimately no surprise to hear Fuente peg him as the starter.

The announcement came with one caveat, however. Evans was named the starter specifically for the opener against Liberty, but not beyond that. Granted, Evans would have to play pretty poorly to force Fuente into switching starters the week before the Battle at Bristol against Tennessee, but an opener against an FCS team should allow for Fuente to play multiple quarterbacks. If Motley outplays Evans, perhaps it could reignite the quarterback battle.

Even so, Thursday's announcement shows the starting job is now Evans to lose.

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Virginia names ECU transfer their starting quarterback

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Virginia names ECU transfer their starting quarterback

When Virginia opens the season on Sept. 3 against Richmond, they will have a new quarterback starting under center. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall named junior transfer Kurt Benkert the starting quarterback on Wednesday morning over seniors Matt Johns and Connor Brewer, according to multiple reports.

Benkert was expected to start for ECU just last season, but a knee injury in preseason forced him to miss the entire year. He is considered the most mobile of the three, which given Mendenhall's history with dual-threat quarterbacks, likely was a major factor in the head coach's decision.

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As a junior, Benkert was the only candidate with two years of eligibility remaining, a prospect hat reportedly "intrigued" Mendenhall. If Benkert is able to hold on to the position and start next season as well, it would represent a measure of stability Virginia has not known for quite some time.

What likely helped Benkert was the fact that his head coach at ECU, Ruffin McNeill, is now an assistant as UVa. By coming into a school with an offensive system Benkert was familiar with, it eliminated the learning curve most transfers go through with their new teams.

Benkert will replace Johns who was the team's starter last season and co-starter the season before. The fact that the competition was a three-man race at this point in the summer despite Johns' experience was a clear indication that his ability to win back the starting job was in clear jeopardy.

In addition, Mendenhall also announced Johns and Brewer were still competing for the backup role.

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Virginia Tech reveals uniforms for Battle at Bristol game vs. Tennessee

Virginia Tech reveals uniforms for Battle at Bristol game vs. Tennessee

A big-time game deserves a big-time uniform.

Virginia Tech delivered on that claim aturday as they revealed their look for the upcoming Battle at Bristol game vs. Tennessee.

The Sept. 20 non-conference game between the border rivals will be played in the infield of Bristol International Speedway in is what expected to be the largest crowd in college football history.

The official reveal was made via a video posted on YouTube:

Other views of the uniforms were also posted on Twitter:

The famous Hokie Stone was the inspiration for the look. The Hokies Stone is a type of rock found in Western Virginia almost exclusively in a nearby quarry owned by the school. It has become an iconic symbol of the school as several building on campus were built from the stone. Players will tap a Hokie Stone that hangs over the tunnel as they enter Lane Stadium during the football season.

The uniform's primary color scheme of black and grey pays homage to the team's history as those were the official colors of Virginia Tech before the school adopted the classic burnt orange and Chicago maroon we recognize today. The color grey was also chosen because it is a prominent color of the Corps of Cadets, according to a statement on the school's athletics website.

And boy do they look sharp. What do you think? Be sure to let us know!

The Battle at Bristol against Tennessee will take place on Sept. 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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