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Can the Hokies go 2-0 against Carolina teams?

By Justin Cates | October 02
Brion Murray (Zach Lantz)
Photo Credit: Zach Lantz

It would have been impossible a few months back to imagine the long, meandering path that led to the Hokies' opening victory over N.C. State.

With myriad questions swirling around college football and really the planet as a whole, it's fair to say that confidence has been in short supply.

It's a big deal just to reach the point of playing at all. To dominate an opponent who had already played while short a handful of coaches and nearly two dozen players, well, that's another level entirely. Hokie football does not appear to lack confidence at all.

Relaxed and smiling is always how you like to see your head coach after the game. That's a far cry from the Justin Fuente who seemed as exasperated — if not more — as anyone in recent weeks. With the schedule shuffling, players in and out of quarantine, and constantly shifting logistics it must have been a relief just to play let alone roll to a W.

The same could be said for resident mauler and cigar aficionado Brock Hoffman. The transfer who was forced to sit out last season made an immediate impact as Tech's starting center and set the tone for the entire game. It was a long journey but one worthwhile.

Elsewhere in the conference, Pittsburgh edged Louisville just as I predicted and Florida State appears to be in full on tire fire mode. Fun for the whole family Florida-style!

This week we again pick a couple of games, Introduce a new stats segment, reflect on last week's effort by the Fighting Gobblers, and I defend blue cheese against slanderous attacks.


My Dad graduated from Tech in 1981 and I’ve been attending Virginia Tech sporting events since I first moved to Blacksburg in 1988. I myself graduated in 2008 with a Communication degree. During my time as a student I was the Sports Director for WUVT and helped establish and run Planet Blacksburg, an independent student-run news website. I’ve since written for numerous publications including SBNation, Inside The ACC, and Sports Illustrated's AllHokies. Currently, I host The Justin Cates Show in addition to other contributions here at Sons of Saturday and various other sites as the need arises. I now live in a fortified compound in upstate New York with my wife and numerous animals. The smell of popcorn makes me think of Cassell.

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