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Thursday is almost here, which means Virginia Tech's players will have the chance to get the bad taste out of their mouths after a disappointing loss their last time out.

Wait. Wasn't that supposed to happen against North Carolina? Moving along . . .

Greenville, N.C., is not an easy place to play. The Hokies will get a firsthand glimpse. But with the 22nd-ranked team in the country coming to town, there might be some extra excitement in the air around East Carolina's campus. Hokies fans might look at the Pirates as just another nonconference opponent, but it is "the most anticipated football game of the year" in Greenville.

That opinion piece from the Greenville Daily Reflector tells Pirates' fans to "raise the sails, batten the hatches and get ready for battle." Man, they take the whole Pirate thing pretty seriously, eh?

But as Norm Wood of the Newport News Daily Press writes, Thursday nights have suddenly become unkind to the Hokies. Virginia Tech had an 11-game winning streak in Thursday night games from 1998 to 2005. It has lost a Thursday game in each of its last four seasons, and is 3-4 on Thursdays in those four years.

Finally, Heather Dinich of ESPN.com offers her bowl predictions for Atlantic Coast Conference teams. Her pick for the Hokies? Here's a hint: Virginia Tech has already visited the host city twice this season. The Hokies will become bowl eligible for a 17th straight season with a win Thursday over East Carolina.

It's been nearly a month since Virginia Tech won on the football field (thanks to back-to-back losses and a bye week). So here's a video, posted this summer, of the Hokies players whupping up on an opponent.

By Mark Viera  |  November 4, 2009; 9:05 AM ET
 
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