After opening loss, Virginia Tech’s prize bowl streak is in serious jeopardy

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After opening loss, Virginia Tech’s prize bowl streak is in serious jeopardy

It has been a few years since Virginia Tech has been a national power.

A team that had won 10 games or more for eight straight seasons from 2004 to 2011 has only one 10-win season in the past seven years. The Hokies won the ACC four times in the first seven years after joining the conference, but have not won it since 2010. Yet, despite the down years for a program used to consistent success, Virginia Tech has maintained its bowl streak through it all.

The Hokies currently boast the longest bowl streak in the nation having gone to a bowl game every year since the 1993 season. That is a streak of 26 straight seasons. That streak is in serious jeopardy of coming to an end in 2019.

Normally a team must reach six wins to become bowl eligible. Virginia Tech, however, has two FCS opponents on its schedule this season in Furman and Rhode Island. By rule, a team can count only one win against an FCS team towards its bowl eligibility that year. The Hokies then would have to win five games in addition to the two games against Furman and URI, so seven total.

A Hokies team then that just lost to Boston College is going to have to find five wins on the rest of its schedule:

Sept. 7 vs. Old Dominion
Sept. 27 vs. Duke
Oct. 5 at Miami
Oct. 19 vs. North Carolina
Nov. 2 at Notre Dame
Nov. 9 vs. Wake Forest
Nov. 16 at Georgia Tech
Nov. 23 vs. Pitt
Nov. 29 at Virginia

It’s hard to find where those five wins are going to come from.

It can be easy to overreact from Week 1’s results when teams are sloppy and not playing as well as they will as the season progresses. Having said that, the Hokies are going to have to improve dramatically from what they showed in Week 1 to keep the bowl streak alive.

Vermont vs Virginia basketball: TV Channel, Live Stream How to Watch

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Vermont vs Virginia basketball: TV Channel, Live Stream How to Watch

The unbeaten Virginia Cavaliers continue their title defense as they play host to the undefeated Vermont Catamounts Tuesday night at John Paul Jones Arena. 

Virginia is coming off an 18-point win over Columbia on Saturday and Vermont are riding a narrow victory over St. Johns. 

The seventh-ranked Cavaliers are heavy favorites hosting Vermont and should be able to care of business on their home floor. 

If you plan on watching the game, here is all the information you'll need to view the game on NBC Sports Washington. 

#7 Virginia Cavaliers vs. Vermont Catamounts How to Watch

What: Virginia Cavaliers vs Vermont Catamounts
Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder, Daily TV listings)
Radio: (99.5 FM; 950 AM)

Virginia Cavaliers vs. Vermont Catamounts Preview

Conference: ACC, America-East
Record: Virginia (3-0), Vermont (4-0)
Last Game: 60-42 Win vs. Columbia, 11/16 (Virginia), 70-68 win at St. Johns, 11/16 (Vermont)
Leading Scorers: Mamadi Diakite 14.7 ppg (Virginia), Anthony Lamb, 18.3ppg (Vermont)

The 7 craziest things that happened in Week 12 of the college football season


The 7 craziest things that happened in Week 12 of the college football season

From massive comebacks to cartwheels, to rabid bats and even the rare signs of life from Northwestern's offense, this weeks' college football action truly had it all.

Here are the seven craziest things that happened in Week 12 of the college football season.

Ohio lineman does cartwheel during a play

MACtion was in full swing on Tuesday with a game between Western Michigan and Ohio. Unless you went to either of those schools, you probably don't care. I bring it up, however, because of one glorious play in which an offensive lineman did a cartwheel.

This wasn't a fun touchdown celebration, this wasn't a taunt after a big play. This was, the ball is snapped, the play is being run and this dude straight up does a cartwheel while people around him are playing actual football.

Make no mistake, this was planned. That was an actual play in Ohio's playbook. He did it immediately off the snap. Quarterback Nathan Rourke threw a 25-yard completion on the play so I guess you would have to say it worked. Hopefully, that means more of this in the future.

Michigan State wore their helmets on the bus to the Michigan game

Trying to motivate a group of college kids throughout an entire season is tough. Some coaches are masters at it. There are some techniques, however, that fall flat. I think you can put this one in the latter category.

Michigan State played rival Michigan on Saturday and the Spartans got off the bus on the way to the game with their helmets already strapped on. I guess the message was supposed to be that they were ready to play. The message that actually sent was, we are all out of ideas so here's something we will be mocked for when it doesn't work.

Michigan State lost to Michigan 44-10.

There were rabid bats at Mississippi State

First off, here's wishing the Alabama quarterback a speedy recovery. As it was the biggest story of the week, I would be remiss not to mention it when talking about the Alabama-Mississippi State game.

Tagovailoa's injury overshadowed what I thought would be the biggest story coming out of Starkville: rabid bats.

From great catch to miraculous fumble

This was just whacky. Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor made an incredible one-handed catch as he grabbed a ball thrown behind him. A great play quickly turned into a disaster as he turned up the field and tucked the ball, but immediately had it punched out for a fumble.

We have all seen players tiptoe down the sideline, but not often do you see a ball do it. Luckily for Nebraska, Lamar Jackson pounced on the loose ball while the rest of his teammates stood watching seemingly oblivious to the fact that the ball was live.

Columbia had a punt blocked by the butt of its own player

You have heard of the butt fumble, but how about the butt punt block?

Northwestern scores 45 points

What happens when a stoppable force meets a movable object? That was the question on everyone's mind in Evanston when Northwestern met UMass.

Northwestern's offense entered the week averaging 11.1 points per game. That's not just the worst scoring offense among Power 5 teams this year, it is the worst of the decade. Its previous season-high for points was 30 which it scored against UNLV. So how in the world did the Wildcats manage to put up 45 points? Because UMass just so happens to be one of the worst teams in the FBS this year.

Running back Evan Hull went off for Northwestern with 220 rushing yards and four touchdowns to give the illusion of a competent offense. That won't last as next week they play Minnesota.

Oklahoma overcame a 25-point deficit to beat Baylor

Oklahoma has an illustrious history. Since 1895, the Sooners have won seven national titles. One thing they had never done? Overcome a 25-point deficit.

Oklahoma did just that on Saturday on the road against an undefeated Baylor team and without its top wide receiver in CeeDee Lamb. Somehow, the Sooners managed to rally to win the game 34-31 with an incredible second-half performance to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive.