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Only a week-and-a-half until Virginia Tech's next game. Until then, the sour taste from the Georgia Tech game will likely linger for Hokies fans.

While Virginia Tech's followers are understandably bitter about the loss, people in and around the Georgia Tech program are, well, pretty pleased with the way their team played. Coach Paul Johnson, for example, was "in the good humor befitting a coach whose team still has its fan base buzzing" while speaking with the Macon Touchdown Club, a group in Georgia established in 1946 by football enthusiasts.

In the afterglow of the Yellow Jackets' big win, they will refocus their energy on the other team in the commonwealth. The team that lost to a division I-AA opponent? The one whose head coach seemed destined for the dumpster, sooner rather than later? Yes, the University of Virginia.

Snicker if you want, but the Cavaliers are sitting atop the ACC Coastal Division. Yep. After the program's worst start since 1982, Virginia is the last unbeaten team in ACC play. As my colleague Zach Berman writes: "Because of their slow start, the Cavaliers have little margin for error during a challenging second half of the schedule, if they hope to reach a bowl game. But optimism has returned to the program, after a winning streak in which the defense has allowed one touchdown and the offense has committed only one turnover."

Who would have guessed it? Certainly not the Virginia Tech fans snickering at those in Charlottesville after the first few weeks of the season. For now, the folks from up Interstate 81 are the ones having a good laugh.

By Mark Viera  |  October 20, 2009; 8:57 AM ET
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The folks from up interstate 81? You mean James Madison? Charlottesville is pretty far from 81, and no one expects Virginia to win the division, not even the Wahoos themselves! My Cavalier friends said they expected to lose to William and Mary! Just because this week's standings find UVA atop the division doesn't mean you throw common sense out the window!

Posted by: ZeroHero0 | October 20, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

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