Well, the bye week is here, which means activity on Hokies Journal will be a little slower than normal. But the off week comes at perhaps a fortuitous time for Virginia Tech.
Because the bye comes after the seventh week, it is right at that time of year when bodies start to get banged up from the wear of a physical college football season. Yet perhaps the most important thing to consider about the timing of the off week is that it will be an important time for Virginia Tech to regroup mentally. The Hokies, ranked 14th in the Bowl Championship Series standings, need refocus after its 28-23 loss at Georgia Tech on Saturday. They are still in the mix in the ACC, so a trip to a BCS game is not out of reach.
With the win, the Yellow Jackets were ranked 12th in this season's first BCS standings, which were released Sunday evening. As Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution points out: "The BCS is an important tie-breaker for the ACC. Should at least two teams be tied for the division lead, and they didn't play each other during the regular season (which is the first tiebreaker), the next-to-last tiebreaker goes to the team with the highest BCS rating. However, if the tied teams are within five spots of each other in the BCS ratings, the head-to-head results would determine which team would play for the ACC title. If that can't undo the deadlock, a drawing is held."
After the Hokies slipped in the polls, Darryl Slater of the Richmond Times-Dispatch writes about the smaller goals for Virginia Tech. The best the Hokies can hope for is to win the ACC Coastal Division, to win the ACC championship game and to earn that automatic berth into their third-straight Orange Bowl. Kiss Pasadena, Calif., goodbye.
And none of us reporters got to see this, because we were deep inside Bobby Dodd Stadium for postgame interviews, but the Yellow Jackets' fans brought down the goal post on Saturday after their team's win. (It's something of a throwback move considering how dangerous it is, and how many schools now preemptively collapse their uprights after big victories.)
The video is below. On second thought, Hokies fans might want to avert their eyes if this loss still stings too much.
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