2013 Schedule is Bad…and Good

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The 2013 football schedule was released today.  While it’s not exciting to a lot of fans, it’s not as bad as some would have you believe.

In case you missed it, here’s a quick look at the schedule:

Aug. 31 vs. Alabama (Atlanta)
September 7 vs. Western Carolina
September 14 at East Carolina
September 21 vs. Marshall
September 26 at Georgia Tech (Thursday)
October 5 vs. UNC
October 12 vs. Pitt
October 26 vs. Duke
November 2 at BC
November 9 at Miami
November 16 vs. UMD
November 30 at UVA

Looking at it emotionally, my first thought is, “Man, that sucks!”  But it’s certainly not all bad.  Let’s start with the bad part first.

Lack of Preparation Time for Georgia Tech

Each year we discuss the importance of getting extra preparation time to prepare for Georgia Tech’s spread option attack.  Last year the Hokies had the whole offseason to prepare, and as a result they played a terrific defensive game.

Paul Johnson and Georgia Tech will catch the Hokies on a short week.

This year is a bit different.  The Hokies must travel to Georgia Tech for a Thursday night game in late September.  They won’t get the benefit of a bye week.  They’ll play the Yellow Jackets just five days after playing Marshall.  They’ll have just Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare.

Wednesday is a travel day obviously, and will only be a walk through practice.  On Sunday, the players are still recovering from the previous day’s game.  You’re really only talking about two days – Monday and Tuesday – that are full preparation days.  In short, Bud Foster has very little time to prepare for that whacky Georgia Tech scheme.

Teams that travel for a Thursday night game just five days after playing are at a serious disadvantage.  When you are doing it against a special kind of offense like Paul Johnson’s, you are at an even greater