Jim Donnan's Viewer's Guide

As college football enters the first weekend in October, Jim Donnan breaks down what to watch for this weekend.

Updated: September 27, 2005, 4:55 PM ET

No. 3 Virginia Tech
at West Virginia
Saturday, noon ET
Adam Bednarik
The Hatfields versus the McCoys. Even though this is no longer a Big East Conference game, it still has tremendous national ramifications. Virginia Tech has hopes of a national championship, while the hopes of the Big East are riding on West Virginia's shoulders.

The WVU defense has impressed me, but the Mountaineers have to find a way to score points. They just haven't been explosive and are going against a Virginia Tech team that doesn't give up any points. The Mountaineers have always had a good inside running game against Virginia Tech because that defense likes to pressure from the edges. If West Virginia can run right at the Hokies, that will help. Otherwise Virginia Tech will maul them.

Coach Frank Beamer's Hokies have everything ahead of them on offense. Their defense and special teams have been very good (three nonoffensive touchdowns last week). Marcus Vick is coming along nicely, and the way he is running the offense, he's going to be multidimensional by the end of the year, a Vince Young type of player. The question at the beginning of the year was whether anyone could replace Bryan Randall, and Vick has answered that.

-- Jim Donnan

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