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Despite early losses, Hokies thinking about a championship

Virginia Tech cornerback Rashad “Rock” Carmichael is a film junkie, so much so that last season he had the cable television in his apartment shut off in favor of DVDs of upcoming opponents and former Hokies cornerbacks.

Ordinarily, the Gwynn Park graduate’s viewing habits stay in the present, so as soon as he capped off Virginia Tech’s first win of the season over East Carolina last weekend with two second-half interceptions, his thoughts – and television screen – turned to Boston College, the Hokies' foe on Saturday.

But this week, even as he’s tried to focus solely on Virginia Tech’s ACC opener, Carmichael couldn’t help but notice the state of the rest of the conference. Just two teams remain undefeated, and neither is in the ACC’s Coastal Division along with the Hokies.

Despite a disastrous start to the season that featured a loss to Division 1-AA James Madison, Virginia Tech remains, theoretically, in the driver’s seat to make the ACC Championship game for the fourth time in six years.

“The two losses, they hurt,” said Carmichael. “But everything is still there to fight for.”

Though the ACC’s reputation has taken a hit through college football’s first three weeks – the conference is just 1-9 against other BCS conference teams this year – Virginia Tech’s coaching staff has been pounding home the fact that the goal of an ACC Championship is just as likely now as it was before the year began.

As a result, players have come to the realization that just because their talk of a national championship ultimately proved fruitless, it doesn’t mean goals can’t be re-adjusted. The Hokies know they can make an early statement in their first two conference games, both of which are on the road.

This weekend, they’ll take on Boston College and next week they travel to N.C. State – the two teams in the ACC that haven’t lost a game yet.

“We still realize there's another championship to be played, and to win that or to go to that [championship] game would take everybody,” said running back Darren Evans. “We learned from the two losses that we do need everybody, we do need to keep our heads high, and play as hard as we can.”

By Mark Giannotto  | September 21, 2010; 8:36 PM ET
Tags:  ACC, Boston College, Virginia Tech football  
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Comments

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Posted by: Theone9 | September 22, 2010 4:47 AM | Report abuse

since they haven't won a game yet, how exactly are the cHokies "in the driver's seat"?

Posted by: Durham2 | September 22, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

That was what the "theoretically" was for. If Tech wins all of its ACC games, it would win the conference. So in theory, they're in the driver's seat. Although technically, you can say that for every team in the ACC right now.

Posted by: mgiannotto | September 22, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

you're either champion material or you're not, if the cHokies show up against BC then YES it is time for Beamer to go

Posted by: CapHillDC | September 23, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

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