I think VT will hold psychological dominance over UVa on the field for at least another 4-5 years, especially after last season's performance. VT broke them. UVa is a soft team to begin with, and going into that game with the hype they had, with the hopes they had, to be broken that badly at home: it's gotta suck for them. Because it sure was pretty friggin' awesome for us.
That said, if VT stumbles in the Coastal standings, UVa is a good enough team to challenge VT's first place position. The scenario where VT drops two conference games in a season and UVa's only conference loss is to VT is within the realm of possibility.
They are a threat to our Nat champ and ACC champ hopes. Only takes the loss of 1 or 2 recruits (per year) to set you back. Remember our OL misses? You don't win a lot of ACC champs having to play true and redshirt freshmen like we had to at WR either. (I know they were good.)
By the simple fact that Ceelo is much less of an abrasive individual than the Chess-Master/Pilot the Hoos will improve. The Heels may have hired their best coach since Mack Brown...and Fedora may not use Chapel Hill as a stepping stone. Cutliffe has Duke playing better, Golden will improve the Canes, Johnson's Veer Attack will continue to be an issue, and Pitt will be decent once they adjust. The Coastal will not be getting easier, because it does not appear the NCAA sanctions against UNC (and Miami TBA) will be crippling.
If UNC ever decided to REALLY care about football, they would be dangerous (and by REALLY care, I mean by pursuing someone like Urban Meyer, not Butch Davis). But they aren't quite there yet.
UNC got off way too easy. Should have been completely slammed, but they got off really easy. It wasn't just some boosters going behind the coaching staff to pay players, but their coaching staff was activily funneling cash to their players.
NCAA is corrupt! How much money did UNC pay for that "slap on the wrist?"
"You start a conversation you can't even finish it
You're talkin' a lot, but you're not sayin' anything
When I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed
Say something once, why say it again?"
- David Byrne
18 starters back including the entire Gah.Tech oLine and all of their much ballyhooed Flex-Bone battery less one A-back return. Their 43rd nationally ranked Total D likewise fields 9 returning starters and I for one look at this as the seminal Coastal game in 2011. (Miami is never quite back; though they will go to physical war vs. Vah.Tech, U.N.C. needs a year to retool with the new Staff --both need orange and maroon help to win)
Only caveat being taking 2 Atlantic L's @ Klempson and home vs. F.S.U.
All of that is code for the need for Bud Stout to recover the services of B.Taylor at no less than 100% full-speed. VT has not enjoyed a better Flex-Bone specific Mike.
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