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Michigan vs. Virginia Tech
Tuesday, January 3, 8:30 pm
Don’t look now, but the Maize and Blue are back in the BCS. It may not be the Rose Bowl, but things appear very good in Ann Arbor in Brady Hoke’s first season with his Michigan Wolverines. But then again, his opponent in the 2011 Sugar Bowl is Virginia Tech, and neither this program nor head coach Frank Beamer is a stranger to this game or the big stage. The Hokies have yet again made a statement that they are one of the class programs in all of college football with another big game appearance.
The Wolverines were a dominating 8-0 at home in the Big House this season, so one of the main concerns for me is how they will perform away from home, albeit in a neutral environment.
Denard Robinson, Michigan’s do-it-all quarterback, is no doubt going to be the talk of the town leading up to this year’s game in New Orleans. But with Logan Thomas opposing him under the center Virginia Tech has its own dual-threat calling the plays.
Points are going to be scored in this one. Michigan knows its best chance to win is to outscore teams with Robinson and his feet. Granted, this offense is much more tame than last year’s version. But Michigan knows it isn’t going to pitch many shutouts. Especially with its defense still evolving and improving from a season ago.
Let’s watch Bud Foster work. How will Virginia Tech’s defensive coordinator scheme up a plan to contain Denard Robinson?
Well, containing Robinson isn’t really possible, so maybe the thing he will have to do is limit is number of rushes and force the turnover-prone quarterback into bad decisions throwing the ball. That is something Michigan’s top weapon has done way too often over the last couple of seasons. But at the end of the day, I have a hard time seeing how Virginia Tech can match what Robinson brings to the table offensively. I know Logan Thomas and speed merchant David Wilson are going to be dynamic together in the backfield. But Michigan is playing too well and knows how big this game is toward making another step forward to reclaim its position as the dominant program it once was. As long as Michigan doesn’t completely struggle with turnovers they will score a BCS victory. I see Michigan winning this game by a little more than a field goal. So right now they are a play but we will wait until we get closer to game time to finalize everything.