TSL Poll: The Most Anticipated Game in Lane Stadium History

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In your opinion, what is the most anticipated game in Lane Stadium history?  If you choose “other” feel free to let us know your choice in the comments section.

We’ll give you a very short history lesson about each game…

1990 UVA: The Hoos had been ranked #1 in the country a few weeks earlier.
1999 Syracuse: The first time College Gameday came to town.
1999 Miami: The second time College Gameday came to town.
1999 Boston College: The Hokies were going for an unbeaten season.
2000 Georgia Tech: The Sunday night opener, Michael Vick’s sophomore season.  Lightening forced the game to be canceled right before kickoff.
2001 Miami: Before the season began, all VT fans had this game circled.
2002 LSU: The first big game after the South Endzone expansion.
2003 Miami: Similar to the 2001 Miami game.
2005 Miami: Considered Tech’s biggest obstacle to the National Championship Game.
2007 East Carolina: The first football game following the April 16 shootings.
2007 BC: Thursday night, BC was ranked #2 in the country.
2015 OSU: The National Champs on Monday night.

What is the most anticipated game in Lane Stadium history?

  • 1990 UVA (2%, 31 Votes)
  • 1999 Syracuse (3%, 47 Votes)
  • 1999 Miami (5%, 71 Votes)
  • 1999 Boston College (11%, 147 Votes)
  • 2000 Georgia Tech (5%, 63 Votes)
  • 2001 Miami (3%, 40 Votes)
  • 2002 LSU (2%, 31 Votes)
  • 2003 Miami (5%, 75 Votes)
  • 2005 Miami (18%, 251 Votes)
  • 2007 East Carolina (2%, 30 Votes)
  • 2007 Boston College (2%, 28 Votes)
  • 2015 Ohio State (40%, 554 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,398

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  1. Not sure about previous games, but this OSU game is the first of the season…w/ the entire offseason to build up the anticipation. So, for this pole, doesn’t it have to be this game coming up?

    1. No it doesn’t. I don’t see why this is such a hard concept. Some games are more anticipated than others, regardless of when/where they fall on the schedule…

  2. How can it not be GT in 2000? Coming off an undefeated season and a national title game appearance I was psyched for the whole off season! This years OSU game will be fun and I can’t wait to see how we respond but the season isn’t a bust if we lose.

  3. Considering the fact that I just got an e-mail from the athletic department offering tOSU mini-packages, I’m going to go ahead and say that this game is not that highly anticipated. It sure sounds like the fanbase has checked out on Frank Beamer…

  4. Excuse me, does anyone remember the 1999(?) Thursday night Clemson game when Corey Moore went bananas eating pancakes off the top of their QB’s head?

    Not even on your list any more…what is it, chopped liver?

    How soon they forget. Shesh!

  5. I was a sophomore when Bear Bryant and Alabama’s million dollar band came to town. Tech was picked to finish 9-1 and had a chance to win that game. I remember Al Kincaid taking the ball in the end zone on a sweep right in front of me. When SMU came to town with Eric Dickerson in the backfield and Don Strock as our QB was another anticipated game. Still think Alabama coming to Blacksburg helped put us on the map a little bit

    1. I agree with it being Alabama with the Bear, didn’t Frank Loria have a punt return in that game?

      1. No, Loria was gone by then. Tech had a punt blocked which flipped the game. It was largest crowd ever to see a game in the Commonwealth of Virginia at the time….40,000

    2. No doubt about it. That game showed up on the schedule about 1965…. I was 10 years old and couldn’t wait for it. Thought Tech had hit the big time. Bama was MNC in ’61, 65 and ’66 ( in one of the polls….I believe….same year as ND Mich St 10-10 tie)
      or something like that. Was undefeated and lost to Texas in OB in 64. So it was big big deal when the scheduled that game. Tech’s AD Frank Mosley, had been Bear’s roommate at Alabama and Tech’s coach had played for him at Kentucky.
      Tech had to play at Alabama, 5 games I believe in order to get the one in Lane.

  6. Do you really think there are going to be that many Buckeye fans in big donor Hokie sections? I have been on their message boards and it seems that a lot of them are staying back because of the prices. I know they get 4k in their allotment, but I don’t see more than 5k-7k Buckeye fans in the stands.

    I could be wrong, just my opinion.

    1. I hope that’s the case. Ton of great seats available on Stub Hub. Hopefully they don’t get bought and their owners will be forced to attend the game, haha.

    2. I think we’ll see a lot more than that. You remember what it was like when LSU came? I run into a lot more OSU fans around Virginia than LSU fans. I think we’ll see more red than we are comfortable with.

  7. Wow – Current results of this poll surprise me – I think some are forgetting just how hyped that 2005 VT game was – It was “the” coverage on Sportscenter the week leading up to it and was #3 vs. #5. Ohio State game is huge, but not nearly from a national perspective IMO. Especially how our last few seasons have gone.

    1. Yep. Not to mention the amounts of good seats that big donors are making available to OSU fans on StubHub. It doesn’t seem like those people think it’s a big game. I think this is the first poll result on TSL that is “wrong”.

        1. no worries….at least they’ll be folks in those seats cheering for a change (ducking).

  8. Has to be Miami 05. It probably would be OSU if we hadn’t been so bad in the last few years, but because we have fallen off, there really isn’t that much on the line.

  9. Most meaning… ’99 BC.

    Biggest game… ’05 Miami. Hands down!!!

    Look where we were ranked, return to N Championship, the U… The heyday of VT football.

    OSU – another big game but hardly the hype. And in ’99, it built all season. After 6-0, every game got bigger.

    1. 2005 Miami, yes, yes, yes That game was on my mind for weeks before the game and then the day of the game I remember getting butterflies in my stomach which I thought was silly because I was a grown man then already. But there you have it, it was the most anticipated game for me “Hands down” as the person above says.

  10. One game that I would add to the list is the 2009 Nebraska game. National opponent that most folks probably never expected to see in Lane; we’d beaten them on the road the year before. Prior to OSU, it certainly had the highest ticket prices on the secondary market.

  11. The 1969 Alabama game was very big.Set the record for attendance that lasted for many years.

  12. We fans have too short memories. The 2015 Ohio St game pales in comparison to what the 1999 BC win would mean to the program. The anticipation of seeing Michael Vick leading us the last step of the way to a spot in the national championship game and the ensuing celebration? No contest!

    1. I went ’99 Miami because Miami to me is always so much more significant than BC…Miami and Syracuse game’s lead-up was so intense that year. I felt we would dominate BC, so it fell behind even though it was the final regular season game.

      Next I would say 2001 Miami…which I still say is the best college team EVER fielded (I don’t think it is particularly close)

  13. I feel that games at the beginning of the season always get more hype mainly because it’s all most people will talk about for the whole offseason. I went with OSU because I only started paying more attention when I started school back in 2006. (Some age perspective)

  14. This one is tough. I went with Miami in 05 because we were potentially going to make the NC, but I think it is a tie with OSU. Traditional power house, defending national champs, we beat them last year, at home, at night….

    1. I went with 2005 Miami. The fact that we haven’t sold out the Ohio State game shows that it isn’t as hyped, IMO.

      1. The fervor for the 05 Miami game was incredible! Girls in VT bikinis on tops of bus stops! Gameday, people everywhere, MV2 looked to be the best passer in a long time, etc. It was all there for the taking…

          1. Yeah but…It felt to me that there was something missing there. Like we as a fan-base were just going through the motions, and that everyone just expected to win, maybe the team included.

      2. How much of that has to do with the Miami game being on a Sat night and OSU on a Mon night?

          1. Absolutely, but my point is that a Sat game is a lot easier to do than a Mon since folks traveling for the game will have to take Tuesday off from work.

            The record over the last few years definitely has an impact. It would be nuts if we were a top 10/15 team.

        1. I don’t think anything. If we had national title hopes this year nobody would care that the game is on a Monday…

          1. Not true. Coming from NoVa or the Beach the day before school opens is killer for families with kids. I love the Labor Day night game but it’s a bear for them

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