2013 Toughest Opponents: Part 1

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Virginia Tech will play one great team in 2013, and several other good ones. They’ll also face some teams that they should easily defeat. Today we’ll start taking a closer look at Tech’s schedule and rank their opponents in terms of toughness.

#12 – Western Carolina

Remember how bad Austin Peay was last season? Western Carolina was even worse in 2012. They finished 1-10 overall, they allowed over 300 rushing yards per game and over 500 yards of total offense per game. They complicated matters by finishing #88 in total offense in the 1-AA ranks. Their only win came against Division II Mars Hill in the first week of the season.

The final scores for the rest of Western Carolina’s season looked like this: 52-24, 49-20, 25-21, 45-24, 45-13, 45-31, 42-31, 38-27, 45-24 and 49-0. It’s hard to win football games when you give up 40 points per game. And remember, that’s against mostly 1-AA competition.

This should be a nice stats padding day for the Hokies.

Recent record vs. Western Carolina: The schools have never met.

#11 – Marshall

Rakeem Cato and Marshall will travel to Lane Stadium in 2013.

The Thundering Herd went 5-7 last season. Though they are the smaller school in West Virginia, they are very similar to the larger state institution. Namely, they are all offense and no defense.

Total offense: #6
Passing offense: #1
Scoring offense: #7
Rushing defense: #104
Total defense: #101
Scoring defense: #119

Rakeem Cato is the best quarterback in the country you’ve never heard of. He led the nation in passing yards per game last season while completing 69.5% of his passes for 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He had a solid game against the Hokies two years ago as a true freshman.

However, the Marshall defense couldn’t stop anybody last season. Almost the entire defense is returning in 2013. The Thundering Herd will have experience, but

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