Earlier in the season, most, including me, thought that this Virginia Tech-Miami game would be the one game that determined who would be playing for the national title. As it turns out, I was right, but it a strange way. The game will determine who will play in the Fiesta Bowl. But Miami or Georgia, not Virginia Tech, will be playing in the Fiesta.
Tech has been playing so bad of late that they won't be in a BCS game; they won't even be in the Gator Bowl (that's the Big East's number 2 bowl game). Instead, the Hokies will be playing in some pitiful .com bowl somewhere west of the Mississippi or in a bowl game sponsored by a tire company. And nothing says college football like the Tire.com Bowl.
With things looking so grim for Virginia Tech's chances, and therefore Georgia's too, how can the Hokies beat Miami?
"Starting at quarterback for Virginia Tech, a senior from Virginia Beach… Mike Vick."
He's not doing anything next Saturday. Vick should be fine, ready to go for the big match up with the Canes. He was hurt in the 2000 Miami-Tech game; he and the Hokies should get a mulligan for that.
That is the only hope that the Hokies have in this game. No, Miami has not played unreal at home, nor have they drilled all of their Big East opponents, but they have stepped up when the time has come for them to win.
That is why the only way that I can see Tech beating Miami this weekend is with the services of Mike Vick.
Bring number 7 back; it's the only way to make the game fair. Otherwise the Canes are going to be playing for the national title, again. And nobody wants to see that, not Ohio State, and certainly not Georgia.
Dean Legge can be reached here: firstname.lastname@example.org