I don't think I'm going out on a limb when I say that a win over Boise State will go a long way towards Virginia Tech's chances of winning a national title.
The Hokies play Boise State on Sept. 6 at FedEx Field in Washington D.C. It is virtually a home game for the Hokies. I think it is a must-win game for the Hokies if they are going to have a shot at winning it all.
The Hokies have a pretty easy schedule after the Labor Day game. JMU, ECU, Boston College, N.C. State, Central Michigan, Wake Forest and Duke. If they lose any of those games I will stand on my head.
That would put them at 8-0 with three tough games left (Georgia Tech, at North Carolina and at Miami) before hosting Virginia in the regular-season finale. I think the Hokies would have so much confidence by the time the tough trio of games arrives that they can pull off the sweep.
They would still have the ACC Championship game to get through. I'm not saying the Hokies will win the national title or even get to the championship game, but a win over Boise State would be huge for their chances.
Last year they lost to Alabama, and the Crimson Tide went on to win it all. It's possible the winner of this year's Virginia Tech-Boise State game could be in position to do the same. If the Hokies had beaten Alabama last year it may have given the Hokies a little added swagger that could have carried them a lot further.
And in college football confidence and swagger can take you a long way.