Alabama Looking to Start New Streak Against Virginia Tech

Larry BurtonSenior Writer IAugust 10, 2009

Alabama and Virginia Tech are two very fine programs with two fine coaches, and they possess two of the best records in bowl games.

But looking at the series record between these two teams, one has to wonder why it is so lopsided at 10-1 in favor of Alabama.

With both teams being projected as top 10 teams this year, one might wonder—based solely on records—how this year's opener for both teams will go.

After beating Va. Tech 10 times in a row by a combined score of 346-68, it would seem these two schools were not very equal. To have a losing record is one thing, but to score less than five times as many points as your opponent is simply astounding.

Tech was clearly a hard luck team when it came to Alabama. Even when it had what some thought was a better team, VT lost. 

It left Tech fans wondering if coach Paul "Bear" Bryant could walk on water. He always came up with a way to win.

Then in 1998, just 11 years ago, the Hokies finally beat Alabama 38-7 in the Music City Bowl. It was one game where Va. Tech not only won, but also scored more than five times as many points. 

Clearly there was incentive to "pay back," and the Hokies clearly did just that.

Frank Beamer was on one sideline, and Mike DuBose was in his second year coaching the Tide. That year, Alabama was a 7-5 team. The win helped Tech reach 9-3.

So for all you history fans, one of two things will happen: Either Tech continues their streak, or Alabama starts another one.

In another ironic twist, that game 11 years ago was during Alabama quarterback Andrew Zow's first season as a starter. Quarterback Greg McElroy will be a first-year starter this year.

Will that be the case again this year?

Either way, history is bound to repeat itself.


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