A Different Approach For Virginia Tech College Football Scheduling - For those who have observed the 2011 Virginia Tech Football Schedule and really examined the games in detail, you will see that there is a bit of a shift in scheduling philosophy in Blacksburg this season.
A Different Approach For Virginia Tech College Football Scheduling
By Dylan Vanland
Aug 25, 2011 - 9:11:58 PM
The actual 2011 Virginia Tech Football Schedule has been released and for anyone who has looked at it carefully, especially as to how it compares to the past few years, it clearly includes a different appearance. This is principally when it comes to the actual out-of-conference part of the schedule in which the athletic director and head coach have more control (as opposed to the ACC conference schedule that is more pre-determined).
Recently, Virginia Tech has showcased a large name opponent in an out of conference game. This game has often been at the outset of the season, even the first game of the entire year. This had been true this year when the Hokies took on Boise State at FedEx Field in Washington DC. In 2009, Virginia Tech did something similar by playing Alabama, the actual eventual BCS National Champion in the Chik-fil-a Classic in Atlanta. The actual Hokies have had comparable games recently with LSU as well as USC.
This season, the Hokies open up the season with Appalachian State, at East Carolina, Arkansas State, and Marshall. While East Carolina is a decent program in Conference USA and should concern Hokie fans some, not one of those opponents tend to be ‘featured match ups’ similar to the ones discussed from previous years and give the Virginia Tech 2011 Football Schedule a completely different feel. Virginia Tech vs Appalachian St football tickets will be much easier to locate compared to Boise State or Alabama tickets were in previous year.
While the out-of-conference games with large showcased competitors have provided great pre-season build-up and drama with regard to both fan bases, the Hokies came out on the losing end of virtually all of them. This has put the Hokies behind in terms of group objectives for that season right away (generally banging them from the National title picture) truly prior to the season can even get started.
Now that doesn’t imply these were nevertheless bad ideas. The teams as well as coaching staffs will most likely tell you that those early premier match-ups supply benefits in terms of pre-season and off-season motivation. They also provide the school amazing publicity for the reason that the games are usually made for Television events that can only help the program. As a leading program, Virginia Tech likely really wants to perform in these kinds of games to be on that stage.
However being beaten in several these games in consecutive years, 2011 will be different regardless of whether intentional or not. The beginning of this year, with Four out-of-conference games against non-BCS conference schools allows the actual Hokies to build into the season more gradually. In a year where they are breaking in brand new quarterback Logan Thomas, that may be not a bad thing. It will play a component when it comes to strength of schedule if the Hokies wind up watching the BCS rankings at some point.
Regardless of whether this is a permanent switch to scheduling philosophy or not remains to be seen. The fact that Virginia Tech recently announced that they intend to play in an additional Chik-fil-a Classic against Alabama in 2013 clearly means they are not really abandoning these types of games entirely. But the 2011 schedule will have a different feel to it compared to previous years.
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