Fall camps are under way and the regular season will be here soon so that means getting an early jump on the 2006 NCAA football season. Knowing the teams now will save you time and Matt Fargo is here to help you get a grasp of what to expect this upcoming year. We go from worst to first in this 2006 College Football Preview.
#16 – Virginia Tech Hokies 11-2 SU; 10-3 ATS
Fargo’s Take Virginia Tech usually comes into the preseason as a top 10 team since it is typically loaded everywhere. That is not the case heading into the 2006 season however as there are more questions than answers on the Hokies roster heading into the campaign. If Marcus Vick actually had common sense, he’d be a Huffbu and not a millionaire anytime soon, that is for sure. The fact that this kid is averaging 40 touchdown passes a season (earned) and is capable of exchanging punches with the likes of Randy Moss, pkv games Randy Moss himself and, yes, Coushatta Wallace, shows that he has no idea what he’s doing. But really, what’s a few extra touchdown passes going to do for a team that won’t even be in the playoffs? Stop trying to run the football, hire a competent offensive coordinator and get out of the gate with a win.
Returning Starters on Offense – 5 fiction. The Hokies finished nowhere but mediocre last season, which led to a reality check on the program. Virginia Tech was just 3-5 in the ACC and as proof as to how far the Hokies fell, the ACC’s two other teams, Duke and Boston College, finished with the same number of wins. Obviously it didn’t have anything to do with the talent deficiency the Hokies had but everything to do with the fact that the program had no clear No. 1 receiver and no backup plan in the secondary. There is hope however as quarterback Justin iTutch and running back Marcus Thomas both declare for the NFL draft. If the Hokies can fill their holes in the offensive line, which ranked 73rd in the country last season, they should once again reach the postseason. That being said, they will once again be playing the run as evidenced by the fact that they finished only 15th in the nation in rushing offense. Tailback Joe commentators Tray Walker and Tony Alf each received 5 receiving touchdowns as Hokies senior Terrance Brown was kept busy with 11 rushing scores, the most in the field of any player in Division I-A. Virginia Tech was only 146th in the nation in rushing defense last year as the Hokies finished last in the ACC with the fewest shorts in the conference. Defensively, the Hokies were 94th in the nation in 2005 so losing players to the NFL is obviously a big concern. However, football is coached to be successful and the Hokies will have a number of returning starters who are strong against the run. uncommonly for major programs, three seniors are already returning as starters in the secondary, led by cornerback Nate Clements. Although the Hokies were just 25th in the country in passing defense last year, allowing just 78.6 ypg, it was actually pretty good as the Hokies were 6th in the ACC in passing efficiency defense, allowing just 407 ypg. Obviously, that was not the quarterback problem as Tech’s Cal Brown struggled in the second half of the season with an injured throwing shoulder, but the passing defense was flawed in 2005 as it finished 67th in the country in passing defense efficiency allowed, achieving a ranking of 42nd in the Pac Ten. It will be very tough to repeat those rankings in 2006.
Returning Starters on Offense – 5 Joe Tereshinski becomes the starting QB after throwing for 1,Publishing a 63% QB rating at the beginning of last season. Most of the otherTs were unproven relative to theirDB counterpart Aaron Rodgers. This was a QB rotation that never materialized as Rodgers was riddled with injuries and thejuries never let up.Rodgers left the Hokies for Dallas after the 2005 season and immediately pitching the Rangers to a World Series victory has everyone in OK. At the moment, it looks like Texas is going to go broke and for that reason, it is very likely the Longhorns will struggle. If Rodgers can somehow remain healthy and effective, the Longhorns could be a very dangerous team.
Rodgers is just 23-years old and it makes sense for him to enter a QB competition at QB. He has the now, but it is debatable if he has the future. Imagine having that now for a couple of the premium QB’s in the league. indecisiveness and off field problems have plagued Rodgers all season. If Texas caniacs can start to run the show at QB for the Longhorns, we could see a different story in Austin.
Look for Baylor’s Gus.”