How can we miss something if it never truly leaves?  That is the predicament of Thursday Night Football.  Born in the 1978 season as a “Special Thursday Night Edition of Monday Night Football” on ABC, the NFL would play a handful of games (usually one in September and one in December) on Thursday (in addition to one Friday and a couple of Sunday night games) in addition to the traditional prime time package.  Now everybody plays on Thursdays-and after devouring a full plate of college football on Saturdays and even more on Sundays before Sunday and Monday night come our way…we have to line up with enthusiasm for college and pro games tonight.  I don’t mind the Thursday night game in college-as long as you’re giving both teams the previous Saturday off.  This week Virginia Tech returns to an evening where it used to dominate: the Hokies are 12-4 in Blacksburg and 21-9 overall while competing with “Friends” and “Big Bang Theory” for eyeballs.  Along with special teams excellence, smoked turkey legs and Metallica, Thursday night helped create the Beamer brand of Hokie football.  New head coach Justin Fuente gets his first taste this evening… 

Virginia Tech (4-2, 3-1) vs Miami (4-2, 1-2), 7 p.m., ESPN- this matchup looked a lot better two weeks ago…before the Hurricanes came a missed extra point and fell to North Carolina, and before the Hokies lost by 14 to a 2-4 Syracuse squad.  Instead of a showdown for the ACC Coastal Division lead…it’s a fight to see which team can snap out of a funk.  Despite allowing the Orange to convert on 5 of 6 third downs in the fourth quarter last Saturday, Tech still leads the ACC in third down denials (74%).  The Canes are the 2nd worst team in the conference at moving the chains.  Jerod Evans has been better than expected with his arm and legs at quarterback this fall for the Hokies, but Miami’s defense (14 points allowed per game, tops in the ACC and 4th in the nation) is better than any of the ones he’s faced this fall.  Hokies hold on against the Hurricanes, 28-21.

 

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