The old cliche "no rest for the weary" applies to Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech this week.
After a hard-fought, physical game that went into overtime on Monday night, both teams are back in action Saturday. Georgia Tech hosts Presbyterian and Virginia Tech gets Austin Peay at home, but nobody will ever allow that the games are cupcakes because they come against FCS opponents.
Virginia Tech knows that all too well. This is the 10th time coach Frank Beamer will have to get his team ready to play on a short week. The last time it happened, the Hokies lost to James Madison on the heels of a heartbreaking loss to Boise State in 2010. That is the only time Beamer has lost the second game in a shortened week.
"We got the week well planned out, but it's hard, there's no question about it," Beamer said. "The way we prepare for a game, we do the same thing regardless what day the game is. It's always Saturday to us."
The Jackets are playing on a five-day turnaround for the second time in four seasons. In 2009, Georgia Tech opened on a Saturday against Jacksonville State with a 37-17 victory, and then defeated Clemson 30-27 the following Thursday night.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said Wednesday on the ACC coaches call that his team is probably not going to practice in pads before the game Saturday.
"We got back at 4 o'clock Tuesday morning," Johnson said. "We took (Tuesday) off because, as I said, it was a really physical game. Go out in shorts (Wednesday) and get a normal Monday in. Probably have a shells practice (Thursday), walk-through on Friday, then play. So it's very difficult."