Hokies Gain Ground in the BCS

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After their 30-10 dismantling of Boston College on Thursday night, followed
by a Texas victory over Oklahoma State that was closer than most believed it
would be, the Hokies have gained on USC and Texas in the BCS. In the latest BCS
Standings that were released Monday afternoon, USC has retaken the #1 spot from
Texas. The Longhorns dropped to #2, and the Hokies remain at #3.

Here’s the BCS Top Ten:


BCS Standings, October 31

Rank

Team

Points
Prev.
Rank
Prev.
Points

1
USC
0.9767
2
0.9756

2
Texas
0.9729
1
0.9763

3

Virginia Tech

0.9294
3
0.9164

4
Alabama
0.8695
5
0.8513

5
UCLA
0.7874
6
0.7384

6
Miami 0.7566 7
0.7114

7
Penn State 0.6905 9
0.6450

8

LSU
0.6875 8
0.7065

9
Florida State 0.6277 10
0.5735

10
Ohio State 0.5967 13 0.5113

Last week Tech ranked #3 with 0.9164 points. This week the Hokies have 0.9294
points as a result of their victory over Boston College. They are 0.435 points
behind second place, down from 0.592 last week. This week Tech is tied for
second place with USC in the computer rankings. Both teams currently trail
Texas, according to the computers.

The Longhorns are ranked first in every computer poll that is used to
determine the BCS Standings. The Hokies are ranked second by Wolfe, Massey and
Colley, and third by Anderson & Hester, Billingsley and Sagarin.

West Virginia and Boston College, teams that Virginia Tech has already
defeated, are ranked 17th and 19th respectively in the BCS. Upcoming opponent
Miami is ranked sixth, so if the Hokies can knock them off they can make up even
more ground.

For the complete BCS standings, visit bcsfootball.org.

College GameDay Returning to Blacksburg

Virginia Tech has announced that ESPN’s College GameDay will be
making their second appearance of the season in Blacksburg, this time for the
Miami game on Saturday. The GameDay crew visited Virginia Tech for the
Georgia Tech game back in September, which the Hokies won 51-7.

The GameDay state was set up behind Squires Student Center, in front
of the Torgersen Arch during their first visit. The location for GameDay
on November 5 will be announced later in the week.

This is College GameDay’s fourth visit to Blacksburg. They visited
twice during the 1999 season for the Syracuse and Miami games, which the Hokies
won 62-0 and 43-10. The show features ESPN College Football analysts Kirk
Herbstreit and Lee Corso and is hosted by Chris Fowler.

Men’s Soccer Team Knocks off UVA

The Virginia Tech men’s soccer team has once again defeated a Top Ten team,
as they knocked off #5 UVA for the second year in a row on Saturday night, this
time in Charlottesville. The Hokies entered the game ranked #12 in the nation.
The overtime victory virtually guarantees Virginia Tech’s second NCAA
Tournament bid in the past three years.

In 2003 the Hokies hosted Clemson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
and won the game on penalty kicks.

The victory moves the Hokies to 10-3-4 overall, with a 3-1-3 record in ACC
play. Virginia Tech is currently fourth in the ACC standings and can move up
with a victory over Maryland on Friday, November 4. The Terrapins currently sit
atop the ACC standings.

Oliver Weiss has his team on a major winning streak. The Hokies have not lost
a match since September 23. They have been tied only once since them, a 1-1
double overtime match at Clemson. Tech’s record since losing on September 23
to Wake Forest is 9-0-1.

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