When you hear the name Virginia Tech what's the first thing you think of? Okay, fine, prior to the crushing loss last season, what was the first thing you thought of? Was it special teams? Hokies crashing through lines and vaulting over them to block kicks, in the process conjuring points out of thin air?

That seems to be the general identity attached to the Hokies, but here's an interesting stat from Phil Steele: Since 2002, VT ranks 10th in the country in blocked kicks with 33. Nebraska ranks seventh over that span with 35. Guy walks up to you on the street and says, "For $500, which of those two teams have blocked more kicks over the last eight seasons," would anyone have taken Nebraska? I wouldn't have.

But for some reason that obscure stat served to remind me that Nebraska has...

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