A Midseason Look, Part 2

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Yesterday, we touched on how the Hokies’ strengths are carrying them through
this season, and how their areas of concern have stayed hidden and haven’t hurt
them. Today, we’ll talk about the keys to Tech’s success thus far and in the
future, and we’ll take a look at the pleasant surprises and disappointments to

The Secrets to Their Success

Every year, college football is filled with teams that are ready to cash in
that “wait till next year” promise of the previous season. “Hope
springs eternal in the human breast,” Alexander Pope wrote, “Man never
Is, but always To be blest.” That’s how every team, every coaching staff,
and every fan base starts out in late August and early September.

By mid-October, many teams have watched their dreams go down the drain. Just
ask Clemson, NC State, Michigan, Ohio State, LSU, Iowa, and Virginia.

Virginia Tech, on the other hand, is still in the driver’s seat at 6-0. A
daunting road trip to NC State was survived, a talented Georgia Tech team was
dispatched easily, and a rivalry game in Morgantown became a Marcus Vick passing
drill. Many of the preseason top ten have crashed and burned, but the Hokies
stand with USC and Texas as teams whose seasons have gone according to plan in
the first six weeks, with FSU and Georgia close behind.

Vick has been coolly efficient and the Hokie defense has been excellent, but
there other reasons why VT’s dreams are still alive halfway through the season.
Let’s take a look.

Call It Discipline, Call It Execution, But Don’t Call It Late for Dinner:
Whether you choose to credit VT’s lack of penalties and lack of turnovers to
“discipline” or “execution,” there’s no denying that they
have both been pleasant surprises and a huge key to the season.

This is Frank Beamer’s dream team. He loves for the offense to limit its
turnovers, and he loves to play the field position game, part of which is not
giving up yards through penalties. In the turnover department, no matter how you
slice and dice TOs, the 2005 Hokies are currently in the top