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North and South: Michigan and Virginia Tech Headed in Opposite Directions

Denard Robinson leads the charge for the Wolverines.
Denard Robinson leads the charge for the Wolverines.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Rachel MarcusCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2010

Only two weeks of the college football season has passed, so it's hard to make judgements after two games. 

However, there are two teams that currently stand out from the rest of the pack. 

No, they are not Alabama or Ohio State. Those guys are playing exactly how we expected them to play.

Rather, there have been two teams that stand out in my mind for their surprising performances on the field.

Those two teams: Michigan and Virginia Tech.

Michigan stands out for good reasons, while Virginia Tech stands out for poor ones.

Let's start with the good, and then we'll get to the ugly.

First up: Michigan.

Now, before you start thinking about last year's hot start, hear me out. Why? Because this team is different than last year's. How are they different? Most notably, this team has a new quarterback.

No, I have not completely jumped onto the Denard Robinson bandwagon, but I'm getting close.

Last season, many Michigan fans felt the force of Tate Forcier as he lead Michigan to a 4-0 start, including a win over Notre Dame in the second game of the season.

But despite last year's similarities to this year's fast start, don't be deterred. 

Robinson is different than Forcier. Not that Forcier couldn't run, but he couldn't run like Robinson. This guy can run and throw. But he can't tie his shoelaces? Hey, you win some, you lose some.

Robinson has led Michigan to quality wins over a UCONN team with high expectations for the season and a Notre Dame team much improved from last season's team, with Brian Kelly leading the way as head coach.

So, despite existing issues fans may have with Rich Rodriguez, that can be put to rest as long as this team continues to win.

Of course, if they start losing, then they may turn into Virginia Tech.

Oh, VT. Where to start. Well, for starters, this team was getting major pre-season recognition. I read multiple articles where people really thought that this could be the year they won it all.

But now they're 0-2. Their first loss, a close one to Boise State, was disappointing, yet acceptable.

But when you lose to an FCS team in James Madison, you're in trouble. And trouble is what VT is in.

They went from almost beating Boise to being 0-2. They still have plenty of time to turn the season around, but their championship hopes are all but gone.

Bummer for a team with a great quarterback (Tyrod Taylor) and two fantastic running backs (Heisman candidate Ryan Williams and co-back Darren Evans).

I'm sure Tech will have a decent year. But so far, it hasn't been pretty.

Two teams, two opposite fortunes. Then again, two weeks from now, both these teams could be 2-2. Or one could be 0-4 and one could be 4-0. Who knows.

But as of now, Hokie nation ain't feelin it. Maybe they're being drowned out by the "Go Blue" chants.

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