Whew, folks, that was a heck of a first week. There were many, many exciting and games to watch and some of the best were saved for Sunday and Monday. Extra Week 1 treats. Unfortunately that’s all we get, the NFL will take over those days until the season is over.
Let’s get to recappin’ starting with the Top Ten.
The Top Ten Games of the Week
10. Maryland 51-#23 Texas 41
The first big upset of the weekend, Maryland came to Austin and totally upended the Longhorns. The Terps completely dominated Texas for the entire first half, if it wasn’t for defense and special teams the Horns wouldn’t have even scored in the first half. UT found a rhythm offensively in the third quarter, but the damage was already done. Maryland stayed a few scores ahead for the duration. It’s a disappointing start to Tom Herman’s career with Texas, which had seemed to promising. The Terrapins’ shocking performance should shine a little light on a program that has been in the shadows for a couple of years now. They probably still can’t compete in their division, but they’re clearly making progress.
Hey Hokies! I know you’re all super excited about your first
year in Blacksburg but maybe you’re a bit nervous and don’t quite know what’s
what just yet. Well luckily for you I am a rising sophomore with way too much
time on my hands so I constructed this little guide to hopefully help you guys
feel better about life at Tech.
I’m going to break this into sections for you:
So I know the first thing you’re
worried about is where you’ll be living. Unfortunately, the new cadet dorm
won’t be finished in time for this semester so that means we have a housing
shortage on campus. They are offering $2,000 to all upperclassmen to move off
campus just so they’ll have more room for you guys! This means that some of you
might be tripled or even placed in a lounge converted into a room (that
especially sucks because I don’t think you’ll have a sink then).
freshman year I lived in Lee hall which I would say is a pretty average. Some
are better (like the AJ’s) and some are worse (like Slusher). You’ll each be
given a closet, dresser, desk, desk chair, bed, and you’ll have one sink. The
sink and closets pretty much take up an entire wall so you essentially have 3
walls to work from. I recommend both of you at least half lofting your beds (I
full lofted mine and my roommate half lofted because she’s scared of heights).
This will give you more floor space and open up the room in general. Here’s
what my room looked like back in August before we fully decorated and it became
a total disaster.
As for roommates my number one tip
is to be honest with each other. My roommate and I have a ‘no shit’ policy
meaning that we’re both extremely honest with each other about any issues that
might come up. I regularly yell at her to take out her trash and she yells at
me to clean up under the sink. We are the only roommates I know that haven’t
gotten in some weird passive aggressive fight because we stick to being
straight up with each other. We’re rooming together this year too so clearly it
building itself won’t be bad either. In Lee the floors are separated by gender
but honestly living on a co-ed floor won’t be an issue either. I have seen boys
walking to the bathroom in just their towels and they have seen me doing the
same. Think back to those first couple of days in 7th grade when you
had to change for gym for the first time. Everyone was super self-conscious and
you changed in a bathroom stall so no one would know that you’re on your
period. Now think about the last day senior year when girls strutted around the
locker room in nothing but thongs and it wasn’t weird at all. That’s what
walking to the bathroom to take a shower will be like. It’ll be weird at first
but you’ll turn into that thong wearing senior in no time I promise.
Protip: They don’t clean the bathrooms on the weekends so if
it’s Sunday night wait until tomorrow to take that shower. Trust me.
RA is not some scary person out to get you! They’re actually the nicest people
in your building and if you’re cool to them they’ll be cool to you. If
something is bothering you in the building (roommate issues, gross bathrooms,
loud neighbors, broken elevator, etc.) they are the people to talk to. Contrary
to popular belief they’re not out to get you either. As long as you’re not
disturbing everyone around you and you’re not a danger to yourself or people
around you they most likely won’t write you up for being drunk. It’s only when
they see alcohol with their own eyes or you’re throwing up all over the place
that they HAVE to step in. I’ve gotten an RA to let me into my room at 3am
while I was visibly wasted and my roommate and friends waited in the bathroom
for the all clear and they didn’t care. Be responsible, respectful, and
coherent and they won’t write you up.
Protip: If an RA hears you throwing up in the bathroom they
HAVE to call an ambulance by law so if you have a little stomach bug (or
knocked back one too many drinks) your sink is your best friend.
going to write this section as if I was writing to my past self. I knew how to
play football and I regularly watched NFL games (fly Eagles fly!) but I didn’t
know people got so excited over college sports (I’m from the north I’m sorry!).
So here is your basic northern girl’s guide to Beamerball.
off this man,
Frank Beamer, is the most winningest active coach in college
football and if you don’t love him now you will by the end of the season. Hokie
football is regularly referred to as Beamerball because of his unique coaching
style. Personally, I love him most for the creation of the Fantastic Frank, but
that’s a story for the food section.
quarterback is Michael Brewer
He threw the most interceptions of any quarterback in all of
college football last season but he did beat Ohio State and he kind of looks
like Zac Efron so people have varying opinions about him. Apparently we just
got a freshman that will be a lot better than him so fingers crossed!
first game is going to be a bit insane because we were the only team to beat
Ohio State last season and you guessed it, we’re playing them first! Plus Sands
is giving us the next day off so if nothing else be excited over that!!
Lane Stadium… The side with the scoreboard is the North end zone aka the
student section. If you’re in the student section (which you want to be) expect
to never sit down. People have shirts that say “you can sit when you graduate”
and they mean it. This is the section that’s always on TV and is the representation
of our school. If you’re not going batshit crazy then are you really a student
here? In front of the students in this end zone is the Marching Virginians.
They have set songs for each situation on the field and you will know all of
them by heart by the end of the season. South end zone is home to the cadets
and their marching band (yes we have 2 marching bands). When we score they’ll
do pushups on the hands of other cadets. They get to wear fancy uniforms and is
probably the most fun they have all year to be honest. You will love the
you care about is being a good spectator, all you need to know is jump for
Enter Sandman, don’t sit, yell like crazy whenever the other team has the ball,
shake your keys on “key plays” (when the other team is on 3rd down),
every 1st down and touch down we get you will chant “H-O-K-I-E-S
Hokies!!”, Skipper (the cannon) will be fired every time we get a field goal or
touch down (don’t be scared it’s fun), and if you hear “LET’S GO!” you respond
by screaming “HOKIES!” at the top of your lungs. Also we love horses on
treadmills. Don’t ask just cheer.
they don’t do a good job at teaching you guys about this stuff. Basically the
bigger your plan is the more money you have to spend throughout the semester.
Everything is bought using that money. It is not a swipes per week system. If
you buy steak 24/7 you’re going to run out of money pretty dang quick but if
you live off of nothing but coffee you’ll have extra money left over at the end
of the semester. Everything is 50% off with the meal plan so that $10 steak
will only take $5 off of your meal plan. Every dining hall has these little
cards that tells you how much money you should have left by what date so you
can tell if you’re on track or if you should lay off the sushi for a couple
weeks. Try your hardest to stick by them. I get the smallest meal plan because
you can always add more at the end if you need it.
going to break down all of your food options by dining hall here so this
section may be a bit long.
it’s not the fanciest looking dining hall it still has amazing food. Here you
have stands for smoothies, sandwiches, locally grown organic food (closed on
the weekend), Chicken and mac and cheese, pasta, Chinese food, burgers, Mexican
food, “cheesesteaks” (I use the term very loosely), sweets, and a salad bar.
Personal favorites: Fantastic Franks from Frank’s Deli,
Buffalo chicken sandwiches from Flips, and of course chicken parm from the
pasta place (this is a special and is only offered every other Wednesday and
Friday. People actually go nuts for it I once waited a half hour for it and I
have zero regrets).
Warnings: I’m from South Jersey and let me tell you that
“Philly style steak sandwich” is NOT a cheesesteak. If any variation of a
cheesesteak has the word “Philly” before it do yourself a favor and don’t get
it. I could go on an entire rant about how bad this “cheesesteak” was but let’s
just leave it at I almost threw up and I became very homesick and craved the
real thing for 3 months until I finally went home and got a real cheesesteak.
No one should try it but if you’re from the Delaware Valley I’m sorry but you
can kiss cheesesteaks and Wawa goodbye for as long as you’re in town.
to Owens is Hokie Grill. There’s not much to say about this place. There’s a
Chick Fil A, bbq place, Pizza Hut, and Dunkin Doughnuts. Protip: doughnuts are
only 49 cents on the meal plan.
was the world’s first pay for what you get dining hall in the world and is what
earned us the #1 spot in food. Here you can get burgers, sandwiches, wraps,
steak and lobster, salads, sweets, smoothies, pizza and pasta.
Personal favorites: Steak from JP’s, chicken Cesar wrap from
Wrap World (best bargain on campus if you ask me), hot wings from the Fighting
Gobbler, and the Cajun cream sauce special at the pasta place.
Warnings: Super crowded from 5:30-7pm. Go early or late if
you don’t want to wait ages for your food.
the only all you can eat dining hall on campus. Because of that it’s a bit more
on the pricier side. Don’t go here unless you’re really going to get your
money’s worth. Definitely go here if it’s a themed day (CHOCOLATE DAY IS A REAL
THING AND IT’S GLORIOUS) and be sure to stop by at least once for Sunday brunch
(which lasts until 3pm).
Personal favorites: Everything on chocolate day, eggs
benedict on Sunday brunches at the Chinese place.
Warnings: This is probably the worst dining hall on campus
which means it has pretty good food. If this is your worst food than you are in
the right place my friend.
on the first floor of D2 is Dx. Basically take a crappier version of Wawa and
shove it into a hallway and make all the customers drunk and you’ll have Dx.
Since it is the only food option on campus after midnight (it closes at 2am) it
is a popular place to go after a night out. You will find yourself stumbling
through here at one point.
Personal favorites: Corndog nuggets and the butterscotch
pudding with Heath bar crumbles.
Warnings: The sushi is gross and a lot of people get sick
from the food here (I never have so I don’t know what their problem is).
Basically this is what normal schools have as their actual food and this is
your crappy late night place so be happy.
whole building is basically all dining halls. Deet’s is your typical little
coffee shop. They have ice cream, coffee, baked goods, and even paninis. It’s
open until midnight and there are lots of chairs so I usually find myself there
late at night working on group projects with people.
Personal Favorites: Blacksburg sunset (get lemonade for
sour, sprite for sweeter) and the southwest chicken panini.
Warnings: No outlets for your computer so come charged up if
you plan on staying awhile.
mainly the student center Squires still houses Burger 37 and ABP. It’s all a
bit pricier but it’s on the meal plan and you won’t find a better burger or
milkshake on campus.
Personal favorites: B7 burger and the chipotle mayo for the
fries at Burger 37, free refills of lemonade at ABP.
Warnings: Super crowded most of the time but worth it.
The only dining hall on the
academic side of campus! It’s closed on the weekends but here you can get
bagels, convenient store stuff, coffee, crepes (crepe guy is super attractive),
sushi, hibachi, salads, Qdoba, southern fare, steak and fish, smoothies, and
pizza. Check out the cadet room on the first floor it’s one of my favorite
places to study.
Personal Favorites: Beef at the hibachi place (only at
lunch), custom salad at the salad place, taco salads at Qdoba, and salmon from
Warnings: closed on the weekends and always packed between
part you all hate: actual learning. This is more going to be little tips and
tricks than anything since I don’t know your major. I am majoring in Mechanical
engineering with a minor in Biomedical engineering so if you happen to be doing
one of those feel free to ask me about more specific questions!
don’t be afraid to go to office hours! Your teacher will help you I promise and
sometimes they’ll even give you little tips or benefits that won’t be offered
to other students. I’ve gotten extensions, extra credit, news before everyone
else, and candy just from dropping by my teacher’s offices. Trust me it’s worth
it and a whole lot better than failing and feeling alone.
work as soon as you can. Life happens and you will have unexpected events come
up that you didn’t plan for. Would you rather fall to just 4 days ahead of
schedule and go out and play bumper soccer with your friends or stay up until
3am doing that chem lab you haven’t looked at since lab day? You will have so
much more fun (and sleep!) by staying on top of your work.
your next semester schedule early. Look up your proposed degree path and see
what you should take in the spring. Go to Hokie Spa and sift through the
timetable of classes for the spring until you’ve found that perfect schedule
and request those classes. When you don’t get any of the classes you requested,
use coursepickle to tell you when the classes you want are open and get your
perfect schedule. Protip: schedule free time for 8am and never be scheduled an
8am ever again!
is the most important if you ask me. Classes are one thing but being a part of
the Hokie nation is another. Every year in September we have this thing called
Gobblerfest which is basically this event where almost every club on campus
comes out to the drillfield and tells you information about their club. This is
a great time to explore your interests and find where you belong at school.
Thanks to Gobblerfest I’m now a sister of a sorority, on a design team, public
relations officer of the Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Society, and vice
president of Engineering World Health (and all of this in one year!). I met
some of my best friends from these clubs. If nothing else you’ll get tons of
free things at Gobblerfest (all of the sunglasses I own are from this event) so
make sure you go and check out clubs!
clubs aren’t the only way to get involved. In the spring Tech has The Big
Event, the largest collegiate Relay for Life in the world, the 3.2 for 32, and
so much more. Get a group of friends together and spend you weekends helping
people and having fun. You don’t have to commit to a club, just one day. It’s a
lot of fun and I promise you you’ll come out feeling like you were really a
part of something bigger than yourself.
freshman you’re guaranteed campus housing. But what is campus like? Are there
traditions I’m not aware of? Are there shortcuts to places I’m not aware of?
Don’t worry! I’ll break it all down for you here!
point you probably have seen the drillfield and know the two distinct features
in front of Burruss and Torg Bridge.
The pylons each represent Virginia
Tech’s principles. In the center sits a cenotaph, DO NOT TOUCH THIS!!! The
cenotaph is there representing all of the Hokies who have received a purple
heart. We don’t touch it as a sign of respect to them. If you see someone
touching it (or using it like a coffee table like I once saw) kindly tell that
person why we don’t touch it. Hokie respect people.
the April 16th memorial. After the shooting that took place on April
16th, 2007 a group of students were sitting on the drillfield
wondering how they could honor their fallen Hokies. They decided to go to the
quarry and take 32 Hokie stones (one for each live lost) and place them in a
semicircle in front of Burruss. These makeshift stones were eventually given to
the families of the victims and were replaced with today’s Hokie stones (which
have each of their names engraved into them). Every April 16th a
memorial service is held here and cadets guard each stone with pride. It is
easily the prettiest place on campus during that week.
tradition occurs on the first snowfall of every year. The cadets vs. civilians
snowball fight happens on the drillfield and is easily the most epic snowball
fight you’ll ever be a part of. Last year I saw people with lab googles,
Captain America shields, American flags, and even the Hokiebird took part in
it! Keep a look out on Facebook when it snows because that’s where the date and
time will be announced.
every class at Virginia Tech creates their own class rings. After the rings are
given out there is a huge dance to celebrate it. It’s kind of like the college
version of prom except you’ll actually have fun at this dance.
the Military Ball takes place every year. Cadets HAVE to bring a date so get
out there and find a cadet to dance the night away with!
you know some of the traditions on campus but how do you get around easily?
Well you can’t go wrong with walking. If you have a crazy schedule like me and
you need to go to Litton Reaves to Randolf in 15mins (good planning on my part
I know) you might want to invest in a nice bike. Make sure you register it!
It’s free and it will stop you from getting a ticket with VT parking services
or will help VTPD track down your bike if something happens to it. If bikes
aren’t your style I’ve seen people on skateboards, longboards, scooters,
unicycles, tricycles, you name it. If you plan on bringing your car make sure
you get a parking pass and be careful where you park! Getting a parking ticket
is on the Hokie bucket list because it happens so often. When in doubt don’t
need to go off campus Blacksburg Transit is your best friend. Download the BT4U
app to see which bus will take you where and at what time. Below is a list of
places I went to often and which bus will take you there. I know it’s scary at
first. (Note: there are 2 Krogers in Blacksburg. “Ghetto” refers to the
smaller, older one next to the math empo; “Gucci’ refers to the bigger, newer
one on South Main (no I didn’t make these nicknames up.))
Ghetto Kroger, Math Empo, the “mall” (like 4 stores and the empo lol), Panera
Bread, Wells Fargo, Starbucks, and Macado’s.
Literally all the same places as U Mall you might just have to walk like 3 feet
South Main- Gucci
Kroger, Cookout, Our Daily Bread, and downtown (if you’re super lazy).
Two Town Trolley-
CHRISTIANSBURG, Walmart, the hospital (only on week days), the Christiansburg
mall (aka the closest thing to civilization you’re going to get down here), and
I hope this whole thing helped someone out there and I can’t
wait to see you all in Blacksburg in just a couple weeks!
GUYS IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING!!!! College football is now officially back! Week 1 has some very tasty offerings including one of the most anticipated opening week games ever. It’ll make my Top Ten Games of the Week a bit less of a mystery, but that doesn’t matter. It’s a huge deal.
So, my usual games of the week is getting tweaked a bit more this year. I’ll have the Top Ten Games of the Week like usual, and I’m keeping the 5 Group of 5 Games of the Week. I’m changing my FCS Game of the Week to Notable FCS Games because a couple of times one game just wasn’t enough.
The Top Ten Games of the Week
10. Maryland at #23 Texas
Series Ledger: 3-0 Texas Last Meeting: 42-0 Texas 12/23/1978 Sun Bowl
This probably won’t be an interesting game but there’s a decent amount of interest. Maryland probably won’t be very good, but based on recruiting they’re supposed to improve at some point, right? It’s Tom Herman’s first game as Texas’ head coach and that in and of itself is a big deal. The Longhorns are ranked despite finishing the 2016 season 5-7. It’s a testament to the hype Herman is bringing to the program (and the laziness of the AP pollsters who could have picked a more deserving team).
The ACC was the breakout league in 2017 and by some computer metrics they even equaled the SEC. I don’t expect the conference to have that same success this year because a few teams will probably take some steps back from graduation, injury, etc. Still, the ACC is a strong league from top to bottom and will have many fearsome teams.
Playoff Favorites: Florida State, Clemson
Florida State is everybody’s favorite to win the ACC, though the Seminoles are hamstrung with their early game against Alabama. If they lose that game, and I think they will, they’ll more or less have to go undefeated to assure a spot in the Playoff. They haven’t put a two-loss team in yet so it’s better to be safe than sorry and beat Clemson. Speaking of, the Tigers, despite being the defending champions, aren’t favored but they’re the easy #2 in the league. They lost a great deal of talent to the draft so they’ll be on the defensive when FSU comes to town. But if they’re good enough to beat Florida State they’ll be good enough to make the Playoff for the third year in a row.
The Dark Horses: Louisville, Miami FL, Virginia Tech
Louisville is probably better than either Miami or Virginia Tech but they’re in the wrong division. I think they could beat either Clemson or FSU but to beat both and take the division is unlikely. I just pray we don’t get a three-way tie. Ugh, that’ll make things complicated. Over in the Coastal, everybody is comfortable deciding that the division race will for once be clean and simple. It’s been a while. Miami and VA Tech have the talent and the schedules to win 11 games, maybe more than that if they really dial in. The Atlantic will still certainly be favored to take the crown, but I think this is the best year for the Coastal to win the Championship since 2011.
The Middle Class: Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, NC State, North Carolina
All these teams should be solid, how solid they’ll be remains to be seen. Pitt and UNC will probably regress but I’m not sure how much. Georgia Tech is always a wild card. NC State is getting a lot of popular buzz as a dark horse, but they’re in the wrong division to do anything.
The Bottom Tier: Syracuse, Boston College, Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia
I’d wager that two of these teams go bowling and two won’t. That’s not a bold pick but it feels right. Syracuse is probably on the rise but it’s a tough hill to climb. BC and Duke are probably just a bit too depleted to compete. Wake and Virginia might be better in 2018 but it’s pretty doubtful for 2017.