Hokies and Yellow Jackets to Play at 3:30

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Georgia Tech Game Time Set

ABC has picked up the Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech
game in Blacksburg on September 30 and will televise it at 3:30 p.m. The game
will be a regional telecast, and will be the biggest ACC game of the day.

The Hokies and Yellow Jackets played on an ABC
Split National game at 3:30 last season. The Hokies won the meeting 51-7.

TechSideline.com’s football schedules have been
updated with the game time and broadcast information.

Hokies Move up in Polls

The latest polls were released on Sunday, and
following their 36-0 thrashing of Duke, Virginia Tech has moved up. The Hokies
are up to 11th in the A.P. Poll and find themselves at #10 nationally in
the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Hokies were ranked #14 in both polls last
week.

Virginia Tech is now the highest ranked team in
the ACC. There are still four ranked teams in the ACC, but the big surprise is
that Miami is no longer ranked on the top 25 in either poll. The Hurricanes were
blown out 31-7 by Louisville on Saturday. After being unranked for a week,
Clemson moves back into the top 25 after knocking off Florida State 27-20.

The
ACC in the Polls
Team A.P.
Poll
USA
Today Poll

Virginia Tech
11 10

Florida State
18 17

Boston College
20 21

Clemson
19 23

Boston College was very close to dropping a
home game to BYU, but they eventually prevailed 30-23 in double overtime. An
Eagle loss would have knocked them out of the top 25.

With the Hokies ranked in the Top 10 in the
USA Today Poll, it means Tech has been ranked in the top 10 for at least one
week in one poll every year since 1998. Since 1994, the Hokies have failed to
reach the top 10 for at least one week just once — in 1997.

Hokies
in the Polls
Year Highest
A.P. Rank
Highest
Coaches’
Poll Rank
1994 13 10
1995 10 9
1996 10 9
1997 14 12
1998 14 10
1999 2 2
2000 2 2
2001 5 4
2002 3 3
2003 3 3
2004 9 9
2005 3 3
2006 11 10

That’s an impressive streak, and the
Hokies have a chance to move up even further if they can knock off Cincinnati on
Saturday.

Updated ACC Stats

It has been well documented that the ACC is
down as a conference this season, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
Those trends continued after another weekend of college football.

Key
ACC Offensive Statistics
Team Scoring
Offense
Passing
Offense
Rushing
Offense
Total
Offense
Average

Clemson
12 42 41 35 32.5

Boston College
32 8 90 38 42

Virginia Tech
15 44 83 69 52.8

UNC
67 46 56 47 54

Georgia Tech
52 96 19 53 55

Miami
72 53 60 63 62

Maryland
63 84 50 77 68.5

Wake Forest
83 93 61 93 82.5

NC State
84 98 70 98 87.5

Florida State
84 54 118 105 90.3

Duke
117 75 113 110 103.8

Virginia
107 80 117 112 104

Virginia Tech’s offense is just below the
middle of the pack nationally, but so far they have been in the top half of the
ACC. Their scoring offense (many points set up by defense and special teams) is
making them seem like a better offense than they actually are, but even in total
offense (yards from scrimmage), Tech is sixth in the ACC. Who would have thought
Florida State would be 105th in the nation in total offense?

The ACC’s defense statistics are much more
impressive.

Key
ACC Defensive Statistics
Team Scoring
Defense
Passing
Defense
Rushing
Defense
Total
Defense
Average

Virginia Tech
1 8 30 8 11.8

Wake Forest
18 50 40 35 35.8

Florida State
41 71 8 26 36.5

Miami
41 75 9 29 38.5

Clemson
50 45 34 28 39.3

Georgia Tech
28 66 31 36 40.3

Virginia
62 28 71 44 51.3

Duke
57 88 37 53 58.8

NC State
62 41 81 55 59.8

Maryland
69 31 99 72 67.8

UNC
106 55 100 87 87

Boston College
87 119 61 113 95

These numbers are pretty good, especially
for the Hokies. Just looking at those stats, it appears that Tech hasn’t
missed a beat despite losing Jimmy Williams, Justin Hamilton, Jonathan Lewis, James Anderson and Darryl Tapp to the NFL.

There are a few other stats worth noting as
well. Sean Glennon is ninth in the nation in passing efficiency, with a rating
of 170. Chris Leak of Florida and Justin Willis of SMU lead the nation with a
rating of 177.5, so Glennon is very close to the top of the list. He has many
tests remaining this season, but he is off to a good start.

The Tech defense ranks highly in two other
categories as well. They are fifth in the nation in pass efficiency defense and
11th in sacks. They are averaging 3.67 sacks per game. Put an asterisk next to
that last stat however, as not everyone in the ACC has had an opportunity to
square off against Duke’s offensive line.

Also, for an offensive line that was much
maligned heading into the season, Tech’s group has protected Glennon very
well. They have given up just two sacks on the season, an average of 0.67 per
game. One of the sacks was given up by backup offensive tackle Nick Marshman,
who played in place of Brandon Frye in the UNC game, and the other sack was
given up when starting guard Sergio Render missed an assignment against
Northeastern.

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