This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely not so important issues in college football. it's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss.
Happy Cinco de Mayo week. As we celebrate the fifth day of the fifth month of the year in our weekly Doc 5 feature, why not stick with the five theme?
This week we're going to rank the top five No. 5s from the BCS era. Why would they be significant? Well, with the new four-team Playoff, these teams would have been the first team left out of a tournament if the BCS rankings were used in lieu of the selection committee.
Yes, we've already redone the BCS with a Playoff this offseason, but we didn't give the No. 5s any love. Now it's time to do that. Let's get started.
TOP FIVE BCS-ERA NUMBER FIVES
No. 2: 2000 Virginia Tech
Mike Vick has had such an up-and-down, tumultuous NFL career that it is easy to forget how special he was in his two years as Virginia Tech’s starting quarterback.
After redshirting his first season, Vick took the college football world by storm in his redshirt freshman year, leading to an undefeated season before eventually falling to Florida State in the National Championship in New Orleans. Vick and the Hokies’ high-powered offense came back strong in 2000 and were looking to get back to the title game.
Things started off well for Frank Beamer’s squad. The Hokies, led by Vick and Big East offensive player of the year Lee Suggs, put up an average of 46 points per game in wins over Akron, East Carolina, Rutgers, Boston College, Temple and West Virginia. Syracuse proved to be a bit more challenging in the team’s seventh game, but Vick scored on an incredible 55-yard touchdown run in the game’s final minutes to seal the win.
The 7-0 Hokies were rolling, but disaster struck when Vick severely sprained his ankle in the first half against Pittsburgh. The second-ranked Hokies managed to pull out a 38-35 win without Vick, but his status was unknown heading into the biggest game of the season – a Big East showdown on the road with the third-ranked Miami Hurricanes.
Dave Meyer, a fifth-year senior, started the game for the Hokies but was ineffective in his first-ever road start. A hobbled Vick came into the game late in the first quarter but he couldn’t get anything going. He ended up playing just 19 total plays and sat out the entire second half as the Hokies fell 41-21.
The loss dropped Tech to No. 8 in the BCS standings and elevated Miami from fifth to third. Vick’s ankle injury kept him out of the Hokies’ bounce-back 44-21 win over Central Florida.
In what ended up being his final game at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Vick returned for a 42-21 win in the regular season finale against in-state rival Virginia.
The win gave the Hokies a 10-1 overall record and bumped them up to No. 5 in the BCS rankings, which would have kept them out of the College Football Playoff. Another 10-1 team, Washington, finished fourth. The Huskies' signature wins over both Miami and Oregon State, who ended the year at No. 3 and No. 6 respectively in the BCS, is what ultimately put them ahead of the Hokies.
The Hokies did not beat a ranked team in the regular season, but if Vick had been healthy for the Miami game, things could have been drastically different. If the College Football Playoff format was around in 2000, it would be interesting to see who the committee would choose as the final semifinalist. A team with Vick would have been extremely dangerous, but the weak Big East schedule might have cost them a shot.
In Vick’s final college game, the Hokies knocked off No. 15 Clemson 41-20 in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. Vick, who was drafted first overall by the Atlanta Falcons four months later, threw for 205 yards and a touchdown while also running for 21 yards and another score. Suggs scored three touchdowns to give him 27 on the season.
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