The storyline is obvious here: these are two teams looking to get their mojo back. College football just isn't college football (post 1980) without Miami to hate. The program's rebounded a bit this year with a young and explosive roster built with South Florida kids but the pieces just haven't all come together yet.
Meanwhile Virginia Tech is like the little known fourth part of former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca's phrase -- "lead, follow or get out of the way". In the absence of an ability to enthusiastically lead a rudderless ACC, too good defensively to follow and with their peers too inept to get pushed out of the way, Virginia Tech does the one thing its best at -- "get in the way". We'll be watching for another fine stonewalling or a Miami breakthrough.
We'll also be monitoring a pair of other games tonight between Buffalo and Akron (7 ET, ESPNU) and Wyoming and UNLV (9 ET, CBS College Sports). Come join us, the party begins at 730 ET, chat application after the jump.
Thursday Night College Football Live Blog Battle of Old Powers: Virginia Tech at Miami originally appeared on Fanhouse NCAA Football Blog on Thu, 13 Nov 2008 21:54:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.