Facing off with the defending National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide isn’t exactly a small task for any college football program.
Virginia Tech has that particular assignment for the 2013 season opener (August 31st in Atlanta), and they will be without the services of yet another running back when the two teams kick-off. The team announced on Tuesday that redshirt freshman running back Joel Caleb has been suspended for one game (the Alabama game) as a result of a rules violation.
Caleb shared with the press before the team’s Tuesday practice that it was a “violation of a team rule”, but no additional details were immediately available. It is unclear whether the Hokies planned to rely on Caleb to tote the football against Alabama, but in the wake of the off-season dismissal of Michael Holmes, the team is already paper thin at the position.
As far as the national stage, absolutely no one believes that Virginia Tech will really challenge the Crimson Tide in the opener. However, it could be an important springboard for a young Hokies squad to compete with Alabama throughout the game, and going into the night short-handed doesn’t promote the likelihood that they will be able to battle throughout the night.