The 2013 College Football season continues to move along on this final weekend of September as the Hokies of Virginia Tech pulled out a huge road win in Atlanta on Thursday in defeating the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech 17 – 10. The win gives the Hokies a 4 – 1 record, their only loss, the season opener against No. 1 Alabama. It was also Tech’s ACC opener and provided more confidence going into next Saturday’s date against North Carolina in Blacksburg. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers of UVA are playing at Pittsburgh on Saturday, Virginia takes a 2 – 1 record into their ACC opener.
Here in the 804, a trio of games are going on, including a huge Colonial matchup with the University of Richmond, ranked 22nd nationally, hosting the Black Bears of Maine, who come to the West End with a 3 – 1 record, the only loss to 18th-ranked Northwestern. The Spiders are 2 – 2 and defeated Liberty University last weekend following back-to-back losses to Gardner-Webb and North Carolina State.
In the CIAA, the Virginia State University Trojans have served notice that they are a formidable opponent and visits to Roger’s Stadium will no longer be any cakewalk. 1st year Head Coach Latrell Scott has the Trojans off to a great start at 2 – 1, and will get into league play this Saturday with Johnson C. Smith University coming to Petersburg. State defeated a good Kentucky State team, although the score may indicate otherwise, Trojans won 41 – 0 last weekend. Meanwhile, their arch-rivals at Virginia Union are having a tough go of it in 2013 as the Panthers are still seeking their first victory of the season after three attempts, and with two-time defending champion Winston-Salem State coming to the Capital City, that job becomes much tougher.
In the MEAC, Norfolk State and Hampton are both winless and both are hoping to turn their seasons around this weekend and it would appear the Spartans have the best shot at a win as they travel to Baltimore to battle the winless Bears of Morgan State University. For the Pirates, a trip to South Carolina State isn’t exactly a recipe for victory in the MEAC. The Bulldogs are 2 – 2 but they’re extra scrappy when playing at home in Orangeburg. It’s hard to recall a season where Norfolk State AND Hamton were both winless this deep into the season.