Perhaps one of the most intriguing match-ups of the college football season will be between the Boise State Broncos and the Virginia Tech Hokies.
The two teams are vastly different in their composition and location, however they so share one major thing in common. They are both successful schools, overlooked by many in the national picture and are both chasing their first national championship.
Let's face it, fans of both Virginia Tech and Boise State know what it's like for their team to be considered overrated and under-appreciated. The outcome of this game will lead one of these two teams on the path to the BCS National Championship.
For Boise State, they have long been the team everyone overlooked. Being from a non-BCS conference, their successful seasons have been viewed as easy wins over easy competition.
Boise State has been on the hunt for schools that they could put into their seasonal rotation to earn respect on the national scale, but they haven't had much success in doing so. It has seemed as if the same people who overlooked them as a football team, did not want to risk losing to them on the field.
Boise State returns from an undefeated season in 2010, and with a win over another top 10 ranked team in Virginia Tech, they could boost themselves immediately into the title picture.
The man who wasn't afraid to take on the Broncos is also the head coach of a team who is ranked second in the most wins over the last decade, but is still chasing his national championship as well; Frank Beamer.
Beamer and Virginia Tech have rallied 10-win seasons and made it a benchmark for their program, along with their defense and special teams. This has been good enough to consistently place them in the top 25 and into prolific bowl game appearances, but they have slipped up during the years and lost games that took them out of championship contention. The Hokies have experienced two straight season-opening losses to ECU and to Alabama. Virginia Tech can gain major momentum for the season with a win over Boise State.
Regardless of the outcome on September 6th, one thing is for sure, a team will leave with something to silence the critics. With a win over another top 10 team, on national television in front of 90,000 fans, is something the critics can't argue with.
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