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Hokies lead top five BCS wrecking balls

10/12/2013
Logan Thomas and Virginia Tech will not be an easy out for any future opponent. Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports

Three months ago in this very space, I laid out my top five BCS wrecking balls, those teams that likely weren't good enough to be a BCS bowl team but were good enough to ruin the BCS bowl chances of others.

So far, a handful of schools have done exactly what we thought they would. On the July list, Washington State ranked fifth among our wrecking balls and promptly punted USC in Week 2. BYU and Ole Miss were also on the list, ranked third and first, respectively, and they combined to ruin Texas' season and cost defensive coordinator Manny Diaz his job.

As we approach the season's halfway mark, it's time to amend that original list. Our original five have not been as good as expected, or their opponents aren't as BCS-worthy as we once thought, or their best chances to ruin top teams’ campaigns have already come and gone.

Here’s an updated look at the top five BCS wrecking balls for the remainder of the season.

1. Virginia Tech Hokies (4-1)

Wrecking ball games: Nov. 9 at Miami; Dec. 7, ACC championship game

Look who's waking up in Blacksburg!