The one player you quote as a stud is the one player I'm not sure anyone expected to be a stud. I do agree though that if VT is beaten soundly, we'll look back and say it was here. Regardless of the high opinion of McCarron, if VT can't slow down/stop occasionally the Bama rushing game, then we have no chance. Tyler and Edwards must have great games
yes well i remember Commander Spock telling Captain Kirk the odds of them being destroyed is 1087 to 1. And, Captain Kirk replied "never tell me the odds". And that is the way the coaches and team should prepare.
I recall someone pointing out that Alabama has more talent and experience this year than when we played them in 2009. However, that team went on to win their first National Championship. BTW what team on the Bama schedule that year scored the most points on their defense?
Play with heart for 60 minutes and forget the score. That's what I want to see in ATL, and then 11 more times this year. For once I could give a crap less about Ws and Ls. I want to watch a culture change happen.
This season is ALL about the Hokies in my mind. Our biggest opponent is old tendencies, mindsets, and complacencies.
I've never heard the argument that we lost 48-7 because we were overconfident. We got whipped because our OL was owned by the defensive line (because their defensive line was sick and our OL was weak -- not because of over-confidence) and because they exploited our lack of experience at Whip, which in turn caused our Backer and Mike (the best duo we've ever had) to abandon gap-sound football and try to just run to the ball and make plays. At that point, it was game over. IIRC, Hall and Adibi even said as much after the game. They basically said, "We didn't play our gaps/assignments. We were just trying too hard to make plays."
Perhaps we'll just have to agree to disagree, but we got beat by superior talent and horrendous matchups, not over-confidence.
Finally, I don't buy the idea that all it will take to create doubt for Bama is a strong start by VT. I don't buy that AT ALL. Bama is the 2-time defending champs. They have great talent and great coaching and have had great success. Teams like that aren't rattled by an early 14 point deficit. Heck, the entire 2010 VT season was an example of falling behind early and then rallying. If VT is mentally tough enough to not get rattled and fall apart, I'm fairly certain Bama is that mentally tough.
If we win, it won't be because Bama falls apart mentally. It will be because we played a near-perfect game, got some favorable bounces, and Bama just doesn't play particularly well. We'll have to beat them. They're not going to just give it to us.
"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return."
--Leonardo da Vinci
[QUOTE=Pride_and_Joy;833121]Finally, I don't buy the idea that all it will take to create doubt for Bama is a strong start by VT. I don't buy that AT ALL. Bama is the 2-time defending champs. They have great talent and great coaching and have had great success. Teams like that aren't rattled by an early 14 point deficit. Heck, the entire 2010 VT season was an example of falling behind early and then rallying. If VT is mentally tough enough to not get rattled and fall apart, I'm fairly certain Bama is that mentally tough.[\QUOTE]
You're probably right, but every year is a new team and stranger things have happened in an opening week game, even with a 2-time defending champ. Maybe it doesn't have to be doubt, but just a slow start. It would not be unheard of for them to take us lightly. You can preach about great talent and great coaching and great success, but there is a huge reason why not many teams can continue that success forever. It is hard to do and there is tremendous pressure. A lot of big time players at big time schools have trouble with that. Not all of their players can carry that mantle.