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The wait is finally over for Virginia Tech and Boise State

It's been debated about at length, and if you're anything remotely close to a college football fan, you've inevitably seen some sort of commercial promoting college football's marquee matchup of the opening weekend.

But the time for talking is finally over. In a few short hours, No. 3 Boise State and No. 10 Virginia Tech will kick off at FedEx Field with national championship aspirations on the line.

I've been back in D.C. since Friday and it seems to me, the anticipation has been building steadily as fans flock to the area. I've seen lots of maroon and burnt orange here, and the Hokies football team arrived Sunday evening. They immediately headed to FedEx Field for a final walk through before checking into a nearby hotel.

But I have to admit, I've seen even more Boise State blue walking the streets of D.C. Talking to a cameraman from a Boise television station Sunday, he said there were rumors that in addition to the 7,000 ticket allotment sold by Boise State, anywhere between 7,000 and 12,000 additional Broncos fans had made the 2,400-mile trip from Idaho.

"It's right up there. It's a big ballgame, there's no question about that," Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer said when asked where this game ranked in terms of magnitude and build-up during his three decades as head coach in Blacksburg. "I think [the players] understand this is a little bit different, a little bit different than your normal opening ball game."

But while we count down the hours to the 8:06 p.m. kick off, here's a few links to keep you busy:

*The Post's Tracee Hamilton spoke with Boise State President Robert Kustra and got the scoop on just how important tonight's game is for this football team, this school, and perhaps most importantly, the future of the BCS.

*Also be sure to check out my advance that appeared in today's paper about the Hokies penchant for taking on high-profile games to start the season.

*In other news, Senators Mark Warner of Virginia and Jim Risch of Idaho have placed a "friendly wager" on tonight's game. The politician representing the losing team will be forced to pose for a picture on the steps of the Capitol wearing the winning team's jersey. Warner is a Democrat, while Risch is a Republican.

“I can’t wait to see the Broncos face Coach Frank Beamer’s energized Hokie defense, and the awesome enthusiasm and power of Virginia Tech’s committed fans,” said Warner. “I happen to think Senator Risch will look great in Hokie maroon and orange. When he puts it on — and he will — that Tech jersey should really photograph well against the backdrop of the white marble of the Capitol steps.”

*On the Boise State side of things, the Broncos will be without one of their position coaches tonight after 30-year-old running backs coach Keith Abu Bhonapha was arrested by the Ada County Sheriff's Department on suspicion of driving under the influence early Friday morning.

Boise State Coach Chris Petersen called the arrest "a personnel matter" and said Abu Bhonapha would not be making the trip to Landover for tonight's game.

By Mark Giannotto  |  September 6, 2010; 6:19 PM ET
 
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:)
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