From 1995 to 2009, VT's record was 147-45 (.766) and VT only suffered 8 losses by 20 points or more...
1996: Syracuse (31), Nebraska (20)
1997: UNC (39)
2000: Miami (20)
2001: Pitt (31)
2003: WVU (21)
2005: Miami (20)
2007: LSU (41)
From 2010 through 2013, VT's record is 37-17 (.685) with six losses by 20 points or more...
2010: Stanford (28)
2011: Clemson (20), Clemson (28)
2012: Clemson (21)
2013: Alabama (25), UCLA (30)
Our winning percentage is down a bit, which isn't good. But more disturbing is the number of times VT has gotten woodshedded. In 15 years, we only lost by 20 or more EIGHT TIMES. In the past 4 years, its happened SIX TIMES. This trend may, in part, be explained by playing better competition. But I think it is also related to the fact that VT use to be a very tough out. We were a team that battled for sixty minutes and physically punished teams -- even teams that beat us. Recently, we've just become another team on the ACC schedule. When we're outmatched athletically or out-schemed, we don't seem to have the same resiliency we had in the past. Thoughts?
One more thing, during that 15 year stretch, we never had more than two years in a row in which we lost a game or games by 20+. In other words, if it happened one or two years in a row, we corrected it. We've now had it happen at least once in each of the past four seasons.