Mikrino Poll: What does Hokie taste like? Chicken, but only after a good beating.

Yes. It's time my blue and orange brethren, to open the 2010 season. The poll season that is. Join me as we look toward the Broncos upcoming speed bump; the Virginia Tech Fightin' Beamers. I'll explain why and how the slugfest will go Boise State's way. You'll applaud, wonder why you're clapping at your computer, and then rec this post at least half-a-dozen times. Hokie fans will decry my attempts at fun-making and finger-pointing, only to realize my sarcasm is rooted in truth. Damn it!

Expect to see this; A LOT.

Don't let Hokie fans or over zealous analysts fool you, Tyrod Taylor has never been very good at this passing thing. For all the hype thrown his way, he must own a mansion built out of misplaced expectations, because a QB he is not. Direct your eyes below.

Passing 2007
G Att Comp Pct. Yards Yards/Att Int TD Rating Att/G Yards/G
11 134 72 53.7 927 6.9 3 5 119.67 12.2 84.3

Passing 2008
G Att Comp Pct. Yards Yards/Att Int TD Rating Att/G Yards/G
12 173 99 57.2 1036 6.0 7 2 103.25 14.4 86.3

Passing 2008
G Att Comp Pct. Yards Yards/Att Int TD Rating Att/G Yards/G
13 243 136 56.0 2311 9.5 5 13 149.39 18.7 177.8

Sure Taylor's 2009 campaign was his most productive so far, but he's hardly setting record books on fire. I mean, how can you not improve from two seasons that saw you barely flirt with 1000 yards and throw three more picks than you did TD's. I'm not impressed.

We all know the Hokies will be a run first, run second, and run third offense on Labor Day. Tyrod Taylor's passing prowess makes it all possible. Their running backs are good, we know that too. But let's look back to 2009 where a much hyped Oregon Duck team had Masoli (a Taylor carbon copy) at the helm, and LaGarrette Blount and Lamichael James in the backfield. Us Boise State fans also received plenty of "You don't know what you're in for." comments from Oregon fans. How'd that work out? Have a looksee;

Oregon Boise St
1st Downs 6 22
Total Yards 152 361
Passing 121 197
Rushing 31 164
Penalties 8-70 6-63
3rd Down Conversions 1-10 10-20
4th Down Conversions 0-2 2-4
Turnovers 2 3
Possession 17:28 42:32

Passing Leaders

Masoli 14/27 121 4.5 0 1

Rushing Leaders

James 2 22 11.0 0 17
Masoli 7 14 2.0 1 6

LaGarrette Blount had this to say in summation;

...the Ducks could not get bruising Blount started. Blount carried only eight times and finished with minus-5 yards rushing, part of a miserable night for the Ducks.

"We didn't execute our gameplan. We didn't play Oregon football," Blount said. "Defense played tremendous. They gave us the ball a number of times and we didn't do anything with it. I didn't see this coming at all. Everything at practice was going well."

Before there is any flak from the Hokies about how it was a home game, I'll refer to the win at Autzen in 2008, in arguably one of the toughest road venues against the same team, with the same result. Point being, Boise State's defense has only improved since then. I don't really expect this to be a shoot-out.

Okay, I'll admit I don't know what a Hokie is, but this is wrong.

I'm not sure what is going on in Blacksburg, but I do know that come September 6th only one image will give me the warm fuzzies;

Okay, maybe this too;

Alright, enough of that, onto the poll.

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