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Hello, Saturday

ATLANTA – Finally, it is here.

If you love college football, there is nothing quite like the first fall Saturday. And if you are a Virginia Tech fan, this is a special Saturday. The No. 7 Hokies have the chance to assert themselves as national contenders against No. 5 Alabama in one of the opening weekend’s marquee matchups.

A lot will be revealed about Virginia Tech in this year’s first glimpse.

How has Tyrod Taylor developed? He said he has a heightened grasp of the game. Is this offensive line truly fortified? It will receive an awfully tough test against the Crimson Tide. How will the backfield fare without Darren Evans? Two of the three will see their first game action. Will the Hokies’ young linebackers step up? This could be an area of concern on the defense. Are special teams still a specialty? New kicker Matt Waldron could have to make a difference late in a close game.

That will be parsed in time. At the moment, you can feel the energy here.

Although Atlanta is a big city, it has felt small this weekend. Everywhere you walk there you see maroon and crimson. The Hokies and Crimson Tide have invaded this city. At bars and restaurants, you see the T-shirts and jerseys.

I will be heading to the Georgia Dome two or three hours before kickoff. I will update the blog and Twitter with little nuggets about the scene inside, and if any news emerges during pregame. Once the game starts, I will try to occasionally update the blog with any news or statistics that are important.

Saturday is here and, finally, so is college football. It should be fun.

By Mark Viera  |  September 5, 2009; 5:04 PM ET
 
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