BY CHRIS ZADOROZNY, Staff Writer
The slate of BCS games in the NCAA began yesterday as the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl kicked off. Tonight, the spotlight of the entire country has all of their eyes on the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The Big Easy is hosting three games within a week starting with Michigan and Virginia Tech.
Both teams are ranked in the BCS, Michigan at 13 while Virginia Tech is 11. The Hokies are 11-2 while the Wolverines boast a 10-2 record, a huge improvement from last year’s 7-6 record under former coach Rich Rodriguez. Brady Hoke in his first year with as head coach didn’t lose at home at all, for the first time in Michigan school history. Hoke and “Team 132” beat Ohio State for the first time in eight years as well.
The Wolverines are led by star quarterback Denard Robinson, running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, defensive end Ryan Van Bergen, center David Molk, and defensive tackle Mike Martin. Robinson has over 2,000 yard passing, 18 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. Wide receivers Junior Hemingway and Jeremy Gallon have been under the radar for most teams, although they have been producing heavily. Hemingway has 32 receptions for 636 yards and two touchdowns, while Gallon has 30 receptions for 450 yards and three touchdowns.
Virginia Tech is led by quarterback Logan Thomas, wide receiver Danny Coale, and running back David Wilson. Their losses this year came against Clemson, once in the regular season and in the ACC Championship game. The Hokies boast a potent offense capable of scoring around 28.5 points per game, good enough for 58 in the FBS. The Wolverines though, have a much more high powered offense boasting around 34.2 points per game, for 22 in the FBS.
The line currently has Michigan over the Hokies by three points. Many expert analysts are predicting a Virginia Tech win. The offenses of both teams are able to produce many points but it will be the defense that shows up tonight that will become victorious. A victory for either side would be big for the programs, but with Michigan under first year coach Hoke, it could be a big proving ground for the coming years. Go Blue!