If there’s one thing Virginia Tech fans should have learned throughout the
years, it’s to not let the early games affect your judgment on the remainder of
the season. The Hokies have gotten off to some very good starts, but finished
poorly (2001, 2002, 2003), and they’ve also looked rough in the early going, but
finished strong (1995, 2004, 2006). So while Tech hasn’t looked very good so
far, they still have talent and are capable of turning this thing around.
That doesn’t mean they’ll do it, but they can. In 2004, it looked like the
Hokies were headed to a lower-tier bowl after their 2-2 start. There was
absolutely no reason to believe that team would rally and win the ACC, but they
did. In 1995, Tech dropped the first two games of the season, at home, to Boston
College and Cincinnati. They didn’t lose again for the rest of the season, and
ended up winning the Sugar Bowl.
Personally, I’m tired of piling on the offense. I’m guilty of it myself. I
think everybody realizes at this point that the offense isn’t very good, so it’s
time to just accept it as a fan and hope for improvement. We also have to
remember that most of the rest of the ACC isn’t very good either. The Hokies
will have their chance to win plenty of games.
So while it is concern that Tech is starting a true freshman quarterback and
has an offensive line that isn’t getting it done, remember that a few of Tech’s
best teams in school history got off to poor starts. It all comes down to
conference play, which begins this week.
Let’s take a short look at each team in the ACC, in the order the Hokies play
them, assess Tech’s chances against them.
North Carolina (1-3, 0-1)
September 29th, Lane Stadium
The Tar Heels are improved under Butch Davis, although it doesn’t show in the
record books. They are 1-3, and they lost two games to ECU and UVA by a combined
five points. T.J. Yates is a talented r-freshman quarterback who appears to have
a very good future, and the defense has some very good young talent.
UNC Can Beat Tech if…the Hokies give them help. If Tech turns the ball
over a lot, and Yates doesn’t give
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