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Tuesday links

It's going to be a busy Tuesday. Virginia Tech football by day (news conferences until 1:30 p.m., practice at 7 p.m.). Virginia Tech basketball by night (tip-off against UNC Greensboro at 7 p.m.).

Let's get to the links.

No. 16 Virginia Tech hosts North Carolina State on Saturday. The Wolfpack was humbled last Saturday in a 43-23 loss to Clemson. Rather, it was C.J. Spiller, not the Tigers, who humbled N.C. State. The dynamic playmaker ran for a touchdown, caught a scoring pass and threw one of his own. Not a bad day.

As that game painfully illustrated, N.C. State's future success hinges on improving its offense. As Caulton Tutor of the Raleigh News & Observer writes, "the Wolfpack will not become an ACC contender unless its defense can do an about-face in execution, effort and schematic design."

N.C. State does have a talented quarterback, who, as Tutor writes, could have a choice about his future as a professional baseball player. (For football highlights, see the video below.)

In a season that has only a few remaining carrots for a Virginia Tech team that failed to live up to expectations, the Wolfpack represent a stepping stone (or a roadblock?) to the Hokies' sixth consecutive 10-win season. Like many other conference teams, Virginia Tech is pointing to that win total as a goal over the next few weeks and in the bowl game.

By Mark Viera  |  November 17, 2009; 8:47 AM ET
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