Modest September Schedule Should Set Up a Critical 14-Day Stretch

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We’ve talked about the Hokies’ September football schedule and how it sets up
for success. With the Hokies breaking in a new quarterback, it’s good that they
aren’t beginning the season with a Boise State, Alabama or LSU like they’ve done
in the recent past. Today we’ll take a closer look at those four September
defenses Tech will face, and then talk about the most important 14 days of the
season. Those 14 days will determine Virginia Tech’s goals for the remainder of
the year.

Appalachian State, East Carolina, Arkansas State and Marshall. Not exactly
four names that strike fear in the hearts of college football fans. However, we
know some of those teams are capable. Appalachian State has won three 1-AA
National Championships, and they beat Michigan in 2007, a Michigan team that
went on to go 9-4 and beat Florida in the Capital One Bowl. East Carolina upset
the Hokies in 2008. Marshall will be chomping at the bit to get an ACC team in
their home stadium.

All that being said, on paper those four teams don’t have the horses
defensively to slow Virginia Tech down.

Appalachian State Mountaineers

Appalachian State has one of the best 1-AA football programs in the country.
They won three consecutive National Championships from 2005 through 2007. From
2005 through 2010, the Mountaineers went 71-15. As 1-AA programs go, the Hokies
couldn’t have scheduled a better one.

The Sporting News has Appalachian State #3 in their preseason rankings, with
quarterback DeAndre Presley a First Team Preseason All-American. This is going
to be a team that’s fun to watch.

However, the Appalachian State defense wasn’t much to write home about last
year.

  • Rushing Def: 82
  • Passing Def: 34
  • Total Def: 51
  • Pass Eff: 30
  • TFL: 64
  • Sacks: 34

Remember, those numbers came against 1-AA competition, so on paper this isn’t
a defense that should present much of an obstacle for the Virginia Tech offense,
which has so much

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