BLACKSBURG, Va. -- If it feels like we've been talking about this game forever, it's because we have. You know how important this game is to the Coastal Division standings and the ACC race, but coaches for both schools have reiterated that the season won't end tonight.
Instead, the fun has just begun.
Hokies fans were out in full force on Spring Road just outside Lane Stadium as the team busses cruised through, and they cheered on the band with the "Let's Go! Hokies!" chant. The smoke from the turkey legs stand is filling the air, and it's hot and humid and on the verge of a downpour. Weather.com is calling for a 50 percent chance of rain at 9 p.m., and it's a dark and gray evening here. It hasn't dampened the spirits, though, of the fans tailgating. Georgia Tech fans have been hard to find, but Hokies' coach Frank Beamer found Jackets' defensive coordinator Al Groh on the 50-yard for a pregame handshake.
A few matchups to watch include Georgia Tech right guard Omoregie Uzzi against defensive tackles Luther Maddy and Antoine Hopkins, and left guard Will Jackson against defensive tackles Derrick Hopkins and Kris Harley. Watch Virginia Tech's secondary on the big plays, and how well the Hokies' defense can limit the fullback in the spread option offense. Will the Hokies see some pistol offense tonight? Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster said he's heard some rumors about it.
There will be plenty to watch, but at the end of the night, the most important thing everyone will be looking at is the Coastal Division standings.