Round Table: Assessing the Season

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Recently, we had our TSL football columnists respond to a list of questions
about VT football’s regular season – its highs, lows, in-betweens, and MVPs.
Each columnist answered the questions without being privy to what the other
columnists were saying, and we have compiled the answers into one “Round
Table” on the season. Participants are Will Stewart, Chris Coleman, and
Phil Martin. (Note: Raleigh Hokie was not able to participate.)

1) How would you characterize Virginia Tech’s regular season? Successful?
Disappointing? Somewhere in between?

Will: Somewhere in between, shading towards “disappointing.”
Prior to the season, I expected VT to beat Miami this year and play FSU in the
ACC championship game, although I did anticipate that the Hokies would lose an
ACC game somewhere else along the line, probably against NC State. I never went
on record with a prediction, but I felt that VT would go 10-1, with the ACC
championship game being a tossup. Getting whipped by both Miami and FSU wasn’t
something I expected, so I’m somewhat disappointed. But the 10-2 looks good on
paper. I think it’s just the way it went down.

Chris: Somewhere in between. You’ll never see me type that a 10-2
season with victories over West Virginia and Virginia was disappointing. The
Hokies had a darn good football team this year, despite the outcome of the
Florida State and Miami games. But at the same time, the season has sort of an
empty feel to it. Virginia Tech could have accomplished more this season,
especially after Georgia Tech handed them another chance to win the ACC. I’ll
take 10-2 and run with it, but it could have been better.

Phil: Somewhere in between. My preseason prediction was Tech 10-1 with a
loss to Miami, but I had the Hurricanes also finishing 10-1 (only loss to FSU)
and winning the division. Losing the ACC Championship Game was disappointing,
but the overall season was about what I expected, probably even a little better.
Before the season I had Tech predicted to go to the Gator Bowl and that is where
we are, though I had our opponent being Pittsburgh instead of Louisville.

2) Who was Virginia Tech’s MVP?

Will: It’s funny, I don’t have a strong choice for MVP. I finally
decided to answer