ACC Football: Virginia Tech Has Bye, Wins Big in Charlottesville

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent INovember 1, 2010

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 09:  Head coach Mike London of the Virginia Cavaliers against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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If people want a playoff in college football, it's called the regular season.  That being said, with the way the college football season has gone so far, a playoff would be a very exciting and appropriate scenario.  But that's an argument for a different day. 

If there was a playoff, the ACC would field only one team, and it would likely be Virginia Tech.  The Hokies are once again the favorite to take home the ACC title after another crazy weekend.  What's even crazier is Virginia Tech's biggest rival gave them a huge boost this weekend.

Mike London and the Virginia Cavaliers pulled out a large upset over the 22nd-ranked Miami Hurricanes, which happened to be London's first ACC victory as head coach at UVA.  Why was this such a huge win for the Hokies?  Well, Virginia Tech is the only undefeated team in ACC conference play, and everyone else in the Coastal Division has at least two losses.

Virginia Tech has a tough November stretch, beginning with a Thursday night matchup with Georgia Tech in Blacksburg this Thursday.  The Hokies then go on the road to North Carolina and Miami in consecutive weeks before capping off the month of November with the annual Battle for the Commonwealth Cup when Virginia comes to town.

Now, the Hokies are likely to win most, if not all of these games, but Virginia's victory over Miami gives Frank Beamer and company a whole lot of breathing room.  The Hokies can now lose any one of these remaining games, and maybe more, and still make it to Charlotte for the ACC championship.

On top of that, Miami and Georgia Tech still have to play, which means one of these teams will have at least three conference losses, further straightening the Hokies' chances of reaching the title game.

Basically, if the Hokies don't make it to Charlotte, it would be considered a huge collapse and disappointment.  However, there shouldn't be much to worry about.

Tyrod Taylor is playing some of the best football in the nation, and Ryan Williams is set to return at full strength against Georgia Tech.  That gives the Hokies four legitimate rushing threats and a very formidable passing attack.

The return of Williams should open up the passing game a little bit more for the Hokies.  By the way, Taylor still leads the Hokies in rushing this season.  Who saw that coming?

Virginia Tech has three tough tests, and they'll play a motivated and hungry UVA team at the end of the month.  The Hokies will get everyone's best shot, but they should be able to handle every punch thrown their way.

Virginia Tech is the best team in the ACC, and they'll likely win the championship game.  Yes, they lost to JMU, but do you really think JMU is the better team?  Every team has a game they'd like to have back, and the Hokies have two of them right at the beginning of the season.  Nothing excuses their early season loss to JMU, but this is the Virginia Tech team everyone was expecting to see in 2010.

Like it or not, the Hokies are once again the team to beat in the ACC.