Nov 28, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies fans react in the second quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Use the crowd but don’t get too excited.
Let’s be honest this game is going to be nuts. Not only is it a sellout, but it is the only game on the national television schedule. I have no doubt the team is beyond fired up for this game against not only the defending national champions, but the number one team in the country. However, being overly excited, and fired up for a game could lead to unnecessary mistakes and penalties.
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The crowd in Lane Stadium is going to be electric. Even Urban Meyer has recognized, and acknowledged how much of a hostile environment he is bringing his team into. With that being said the Hokies need to remain as calm and collected as possible.
Let the crowd noise affect the Buckeyes on offense, but at the same time the Hokies don’t need to get sucked into the frenzy which is sure to be taking hold of Lane Stadium. What I mean by that is when a big play, that really excites the crowd happens, celebrate only for a brief moment and then move on to the next series. To many times teams make a huge play, and lose focus celebrating resulting in the opposing team not only regaining the lost yardage, but ripping off a huge play of their own.
Avoiding type of lapses in focus is going to be extremely important for the Hokies, as the Buckeyes will look to take advantage of any mistakes on Monday night. Usually the coaching staff of Virginia Tech has the team completely focused and ready for the game, however this is a different animal as the game has been one of the most anticipated rematches from last season’s schedule.
Lane Stadium will be rocking on Monday night, and the national audience will be glued to the television screen to see if the Hokies can shock the world two years in a row. The Hokies have the talent to pull the upset again, but they will need to excel in these areas I have mentioned to increase their chances of victory. All the questions about this game will be answered Monday night, and I for one cannot wait.
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