Keys to the Game and Game Prediction: William & Mary

The Virginia Tech football program took a convincing step forward last week
against a solid Ohio program. Bud Foster’s suffocating defense returned to form,
completely shutting down the Bobcat offense in the second half. The defense tied
a VT record, only allowing five first downs, and did not allow a single first
down in the second half. Tyrod Taylor had a solid performance in his first
starting assignment, generating considerable excitement as the Hokie offense
showed more balance. The running game looked much better, but improvement is
still needed to threaten the better ACC teams. So, what should we expect from
this week’s game with William & Mary?

The Tribe are well coached with Jimmye Laycock entering his 28th year as head
coach of William & Mary. The Tribe always have an explosive offense, and
this year is certainly no exception. Currently, the Tribe lead the D-1 FCS level
(formerly 1-AA) in scoring and passing offense after three games behind
quarterback Jake Phillips (#11, 6-3 219, Jr.). Phillips, originally from Bath
County, currently leads the nation in pass efficiency rating, and William &
Mary’s ability to throw the ball will present a challenge for the Virginia Tech

Defensively, William & Mary has struggled in the last couple of years,
and this year’s team appears to have trouble stopping the run. Without question
the Hokies will have a big edge in size, speed, and athletic ability, so we
should see Tech put up some big numbers on offense. All eyes will be on Tyrod
Taylor as he starts his second game, and more of the playbook should be
available for him this week. Taylor should have a big game running and passing,
so look for a lot of excitement this Saturday in Lane Stadium.