3) Week 1: Virginia Tech vs. Alabama (Georgia Dome)
2012 was not kind to Virginia Tech. The Hokies lost six games for the first time since 1992 and looked inept at times. Logan Thomas took a huge step back last year (18 TD/16 INT) and it can almost be considered a negative at this point that he’s coming back for his senior season. For the first time in a long time, expectations in Blacksburg are not high.
The Hokies would do well just to compete in this game. The Crimson Tide are rolling, capturing a national championship during a so-called rebuilding campaign last season. Bama is a three-touchdown favorite at the moment; if Virginia Tech can keep the score down that is the best it can hope for.