THE NEW AP POLL IS OUT, AND THE ACC GOT THE FLOGGING IT DESERVED. Miami is the only conference team still in it, checking in at No. 17 after a road loss to Ohio State on Saturday. James Madison got 11 votes after its upset win over the Hokies. Alabama still holds the top spot, followed by Ohio State, Boise State, TCU and Oregon. You can see both polls here.
THE HOKIES ARE STILL TRYING TO COME TO GRIPS WITH SATURDAY’S SHOCKER IN BLACKSBURG. Randy King has a quote-packed look at what went wrong against JMU. Here’s my perspective on what happened. There’s a little overlap with the other day’s blog; apologies to the regular blog readers, but there are a thousands of subscribers who don’t know our community exists here. There is no longer a boring game on the schedule, that’s for sure. Should be an interesting week as Tech preps for East Carolina.
STRONG EFFORT BY UVA IN A 17-14 LOSS AT SOUTHERN CAL LATE SATURDAY. As Doug Doughty writes, the Cavaliers hung tough despite a far from perfect performance. UVa is off this week.
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-If you were a contender in Week 2, please click this link for details of where everything stands. Week 3 starts tonight; fresh slate for everyone. Make your pick by clicking here.
-In a game that goes down to the final play, the Redskins beat the Cowboys 13-7 to give Mike Shanahan a victory in his debut as coach.
-Michael Vick looks terrific in relief of an injured Kevin Kolb, but the Eagles’ rally falls short in a 27-20 loss to Green Bay.
-Controversy erupts in Chicago as the Lions are denied a potential game-winning touchdown on a questionable call. Bears win 19-14 as a result. This ruling stung more than a few Top Dog pickers, unfortunately, who made a solid choice.
-Pete Carroll’s debut as Seahawks coach looks an awful lot like many of his games at USC did: With his team routing an opponent.
-TV tonight: Ravens at Jets (7 p.m., ESPN) and Chargers at Chiefs (10:15 p.m., ESPN).
-The standings are set for the Chase. Denny Hamlin leads the way, and he’s brimming with confidence that this could be the year.
-Congratulations to Brandon Dean, who caps his first Late Model Stock championship with a win in the Motor Mile Speedway finale.
-TV today: Nationals at Braves (7 p.m., MASN) and Blue Jays at Orioles (7 p.m., MASN2).
-From Chris VanCantfort in Radford:
In today’s story McFarling lied! “we all” were not “so fooled”!
Can we expect a published correction?…I thought not.
Those of us who were not fooled were too busy paying attention to the truth. The truth, as I’ve shared with you all many times, is this. Those of us paying attention noticed that the Hokies rushing statistics were bloated last season at the expense of several very weak teams. It was not as if the Hokies were effective rushing against quality defensive opponents.
The Hokies rushing against quality defenses was very poor (Alabama – 64 yds., Nebraska – 86 yds., UNC – 95 yds.).
McFarling and King are very fond of focusing on and hyping the Hokies last 5 games (all victories) last year. Here are the facts, if they bothered to pay attention: the last five opponents had a combined record of 26-37. The last five opponents had an average rushing defense ranking of 62 in the nation. Today McFarling specifically cited the Hokies “destroying” Tennessee (65th rushing defense ranking and 7-6 record) and “humiliating” Virginia (95th rushing defense ranking and 3-9 record)! Yes, McFarling drank the Kool-Aid big time! For that matter, so did King.
So, my original email of more than a month ago (see below and other emails exchanged with King, et al BEFORE the season) answers McFarling’s questions “How could we all be so fooled? How?”
Answer: “we all” weren’t! And those who were fooled simply were not paying attention.
Publish that McFarling…if you dare!
IT’S A STRONG LETTER, GOOD POINTS, BUT I’m not sure he needed to turn into Skeletor with the last line.
AND FINALLY, THE NONSPORTS FAKE NEWS
-This guy couldn’t be more right.
NO, ACTUALLY, THAT’S NOT THE FINAL THING
-Thanks again to everybody here for their thoughtful words. It’s awesome to know people care. I’m a little embarrassed about the whole deal but you guys have been great. I promise that’s the last I’ll mention of it. Thanks again!