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Posted Sep 17, 2011


Week 3 CFN Fearless Prediction & Game Story - Arkansas State at Virginia Tech


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Week 3 - ASU at Virginia Tech

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Sept. 17 at Virginia Tech 26 … Arkansas State 7
CFN Analysis: COMING

(AP) BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Logan Thomas threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns and No. 13 Virginia Tech overcame a sluggish offensive performance for a 26-7 victory over Arkansas State 26-7 on Saturday.

Thomas hit D.J. Coles with a short pass that Coles took 49 yards for a touchdown and found Danny Coale from 4 yards out as the Hokies improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2006. Thomas was 21 for 33 and also threw two interceptions.

Arkansas State (1-2) came in averaging 480 yards, but managed little after a 51-yard pass on its first offensive play set up its only scoring drive. The Red Wolves finished with 269 yards, ending their string of 14 consecutive games with at least 300 total yards.

Arkansas State (1-1) at Virginia Tech (2-0) Sept. 17, 4:00

Here’s The Deal … Although Virginia Tech didn’t roundhouse East Carolina the way many in the program would have liked, it’s still hard not to be pleased by the program’s position after two weeks. The Hokies have played extremely well on defense, while kicking off the era of a young starting quarterback. If it can find an identity and a little more consistency on offense, Tech looks well-positioned after two games to make yet another run at an ACC crown.

Arkansas State is a Sun Belt Conference contender, with an eye on what every non-AQ squad wants—a signature win over a nationally recognized opponent. After failing in its first attempt of the year versus Illinois, the Red Wolves scorched rival Memphis, 47-3. Playing in front of a huge crowd by its standards, the program sent the backers home happy with four quarters of complete domination.

Why Arkansas State Might Win: If Virginia Tech plays on offense the way it did last week, the Red Wolves have the attack to author a reverberating upset. QB Ryan Aplin is a hidden gen in Jonesboro, piloting the offense with his quick feet and accurate arm. In the Memphis win, he 19-of-21 for 274 yards, three touchdowns and a pick. And he won’t have to go it alone in Blacksburg. Arkansas State has been thrilled by the early play of a couple of newcomers, redshirt freshman RB Frankie Jackson and former Oklahoma WR Josh Jarboe. Jackson posted his first 100-yard game on Saturday, while Jarboe got cooking with seven catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

Why Virginia Tech Might Win: If the Hokies want to pick up the pace on offense, a visit from Arkansas State will be a good place to start. The Red Wolves don’t have the size or depth to manage Tech’s swath of skill position players, like RB David Wilson and athletic receivers Jarrett Boykin, Danny Coale and Marcus Davis. This is a good spot for QB Logan Thomas to regain some confidence after completing just 8-of-20 passes in the East Carolina game. A big and physical Virginia Tech offensive line that’s yielded just a single sack will control the line of scrimmage, and allow the team’s playmakers to explode in space.

What To Watch Out For: In his long career as the Virginia Tech defensive coordinator, Bud Foster has had plenty of great seasons. In a few months, 2011 might be added to the resume. The Hokies began the year with question marks, but have quickly cast them aside. Without a lot of star attractions, CB Jayron Hosley aside, the D has given up just 23 points to some pretty feisty opponents. East Carolina hasn’t been held to 10 points in almost two years. Tech is using a communal approach, finding new heroes each week. One of the pleasant surprises so far has been young CB Kyle Fuller, who already has a team-high four stops for loss and his first career interception.

What Will Happen: The Hokies aren’t happy, which will be bad news for visiting Arkansas State. The Red Wolves are an up-and-coming team, but they’ll walk into a buzzsaw at Lane Stadium. Virginia Tech will play closer on offense to the way it did in Week 1, blending the explosiveness of Wilson with a more consistent passing game. Unlike last Saturday, it won’t have to sweat out a close game, building enough of a bulge to insert backups in the final 15 minutes.

CFN Prediction: Virginia Tech 37 … Arkansas State 14
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