2009 Monday Thoughts: North Carolina

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(Editor’s Note: We have no photos from this game. Please don’t email us
and complain. Consistently having photos requires us to have a field level photo
pass, and VT won’t give us one of those. Frankly, we’re glad we don’t have a
photographic record of those nasty orange jerseys.)

You
don’t need me to tell you how far the Hokies have fallen in just two weeks. When
the sun rose the morning of October 11th, the day after the Boston College game,
the Hokies were ranked #4 and all things seemed possible. Two games later, we
have a completely different view of this team, which has fallen out of the
national championship race, out of the ACC championship race, and almost out of
the rankings.

If you’re like me, this team has got you completely schizophrenic. One week
I’m very high on them, the next week I’m down. One week, the defense looks like
world beaters, the next week they’re getting steamrolled for 86 yards in 12
plays, or 78 yards in 16 plays. One week the offense looks pathetic, the next
week they’re rolling up big plays behind the #4 QB in the country and the #6
running back in the country.

One week they’re national championship contenders, and the next week, they’re
not even contenders for their own conference championship.

This season has been a high-intensity grind of a roller coaster. Each week
has left us feeling different things, and this week is no exception. It’s one
thing to get run over by a well-coached Georgia Tech option attack that is one
of the top rushing attacks in the country; it’s quite another to get dominated
by the #114-ranked offense in the country.

The loss to Georgia Tech was painful, but at least it made sense on a lot of
levels, and it left you with that feeling of “we were this
close.” This loss to UNC, which doesn’t make sense on a lot of
levels, leaves your confidence shaken, and if you’re like me, alarm bells are
going off, and you’re wondering how far this team is going to fall before

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