Virginia Tech: No Place Like Home

Jacob MotleyContributor IAugust 21, 2009

There truly is nothing better than "home cooking" for the Virginia Tech Hokies, who have established an impressive 58-9 record when playing at home over the past decade.

Anyone who has spent a few hours at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg Virginia has left with either a sore throat or with their ears ringing. The atmosphere inside this stadium is electric, and the noise escalates louder and louder as fans anticipate the entrance of their beloved Hokies.

Then the sounds of "Enter Sandman" play on the loudspeakers, and suddenly this place goes from loud to deafening in a hurry.

Over the past decade, Virginia Tech can boast that it is among the winningest football programs in the country. Many of these games have been won at home, where the term "home field advantage" lives out it's meaning to the fullest.

Lane Stadium has been regarded by many analysts over the years as one of the loudest and most intimidating places to play in all of college football.

Over the past 10 years, the Hokies have won 58 home games while only losing 9 home games. Of these 9 losses, you can contribute four of them to teams ranked in the top 25 in the country at that time, and three of those times their opponent was in the top 5.

That doesn't mean that Virginia Tech doesn't fare well against top-ranked teams. The Hokies may have lost four of those games, but they have also won 12 games against top 25 opponents.

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Saturday isn't the only day to dread playing the Hokies at home, as Virginia Tech loves to play on Thursday Night as well. When the sun sets on Blacksburg Va., Virginia Tech has held an 8-1 record over the past decade, losing only to Boston College when BC was ranked No. 2 in the nation.

The upcoming season presents several tough home games for Virginia Tech. The Hokies play Nebraska, which is ranked No. 22 in the USA Today preseason poll, division rival Miami, conference rival Boston College, and No. 20 UNC on a Thursday night.

How will Virginia Tech fare against these teams? Only time will tell.

But one thing is definitely on Virginia Tech's side: The Hokies will be backed by 66,233 fans that wont stop until the game is over.

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