Conference Record: 7-1 (SEC – First-place in Western Division)
Postseason: Alabama 42 Notre Dame 14 (BCS National Championship Game)
Virginia Tech – 2012 season
Conference Record: 4-4 (ACC – Fourth-place in Coastal Division)
Postseason: Virginia Tech 13 Rutgers 10 – OT (Russell Athletic Bowl)
Series: Alabama leads 11-1 (First meeting in 1932)
Most Recent Meeting: Alabama 34 Virginia Tech 24 (2009 - Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game)
Setting the scene
Alabama 0-0 vs. Virginia Tech 0-0 (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game – Atlanta, Georgia – Georgia Dome)
Betting Line: Alabama -19.5 (as of 8/25)
Alabama anywhere from an 18- to 20.5-point favorite vs. Va. Tech http://t.co/ibfmm4SEC5Beat writer of the week
— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) August 25, 2013
Andy Bitter - Virginia Tech football beat writer for the Roanoke Times and Virginian-Pilot.
Follow Andy via Twitter to get the latest (breaking) news concerning the Virginia Tech Hokies as they prepare for Alabama.
38% of VT's travel roster is freshmen RT @Beamer_Ball 11 true freshmen, 16 redshirt freshmen will make up the 71 man travel squad to AtlantaVirginia Tech on the wire
— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) August 25, 2013
What can Hokie fans expect in 2013? The Chicago Tribune breaks down the Virginia Tech season.
NCAA Football Preview - Virginia Tech Hokies
Andy Bitter chronicles the “newly finalized” VT offensive line.
Virginia Tech finalizes starting offensive line
That'd be Gibson, Miller, Wang, Farris and McLaughlin RT @coachgrimey Me & the 2013 #Hokies starting O-Line! pic.twitter.com/bFjkxmWsccESPN and Hokie beat writer Andy Bitter discuss quarterback, and Tech team leader, Logan Thomas.
— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) August 24, 2013
What does Thomas need to return to form?
Logan Thomas is a natural leader
To say Virginia Tech has been “injury plagued” is an understatement. The AP documented the VT issues earlier this month.
Injuries slam Virginia Tech with Alabama up first
Frank Beamer describes running back J.C. Coleman (ankles) as "questionable" for Saturday.
Frank Beamer on J.C. Coleman's status. "He's questionable right now." #HokiesHighly touted defensive lineman Corey Marshall has taken a leave of absence from the Virginia Tech squad.
— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) August 26, 2013
Virginia Tech DL Corey Marshall leaves team for personal matters
"Gobble" until suspended
"Gobble Gobble. #HOKIES #BEATBAMA” was the tweet, and, well...it was the only tweet.
In what provided a touch of humor to Alabama fans, the Twitter account known as "AutomaticHokie" spent the better part of three weeks, at least, spamming various users through what was described as an "automated" system.
When Twitter users tweeted about Virginia Tech, in essentially any fashion, they were met with the aforementioned tweet.
Hokie please! RT @AutomaticHokie: @kbarber1984 Gobble Gobble. #HOKIES #BEATBAMASadly, the "gobbler on parade" was eventually suspended by the powers that be at Twitter.
— K Cole (@kbarber1984) August 21, 2013
The weekly quotable
#Hokies Fr. CB Kendall Fuller says he's "not gonna shy down from" Bama WR Amari Cooper. "We feel comfortable where anyone can stick him.”One has to respect Fuller's confidence, but that same confidence could also be viewed as a case of "famous last words." The thought of a freshman defensive back checking Amari Cooper is quite interesting to say the least.
— Hokies Journal (@HokiesJournal) August 24, 2013
Frank Beamer on Tech Talk Live about Alabama: "This is the best team we've ever played." #HokiesFrank Beamer is a legendary head coach and he knows how to deliver a compliment to the opposition while providing fuel for his own team. Take the above comment as a mix of "coach speak" with a touch of motivation for the Hokies. The promise of facing the "best team" the program has ever encountered is the ultimate incentive to spring the upset.
— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) August 27, 2013
The Crimson Elephant verdict
Although Virginia Tech will likely field a quality product in 2013, the "week one" Hokies are a little too injured and a little too young to compete with the top-ranked team in the nation.
Frank Beamer on being an underdog against Alabama: "Facts are facts ... I don't think you'll see many, if any, picking us."While the Hokies have a legitimate shot at capturing the ACC Coastal Division, and quite possibly securing a 10-win season, "(Frank) Beamer Ball" will have to dig out from a season-opening loss.
— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) August 26, 2013
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