Despite the fact that Virginia Tech has already clinched the Coastal Division, and the Hoos not being a good team, the Hokies still have a lot to play for this weekend against UVA: state pride, recruiting, 10 wins, and the seniors.
Though the question hasn’t been asked a lot this week, it has still been asked: Do we have to worry about a letdown against UVA? I’d be very surprised if we saw a letdown this week, because this team still has a lot to play for.
First let’s talk about Tech’s impressive streak of 10+ wins in a season. That streak is up to six years, and with a win over UVA, it will be up to seven years. That would give the Hokies the longest streak in the country with 10+ wins. USC’s streak ended last season, and Texas is only 5-7 this year, which easily ends their streak at nine seasons. If the Hokies get to 10 wins, that would be very impressive.
Think about that for one second. We (myself included) complain about Virginia Tech not winning the big games against Boise State, Alabama, etc. That’s fair. But it would be unfair not to acknowledge Tech’s amazing consistency in recent years. Not only will this be their 18th bowl game in a row (I’m starting to lose count), which is the third longest streak in the country, but they are on the verge of winning 10 games for the seventh straight season, which no other program in the country can match.
That’s a credit to a lot of outstanding players, and a great coaching staff. Frank Beamer is as even-keeled a person as you’ll ever see, and the record of his teams reflects his personality. We’re lucky to have him. I bet Frank would have won more than five games at Texas this year.
Changing directions, let’s talk about in-state recruiting. Mike London is the fresh new face at UVA this year, and he’s a likable guy who will have some success on the recruiting trail. However, if he doesn’t start winning at some point, that success will fade.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve read a recruiting update this year where a recruit has said something to the effect of “Mike London is about to turn that program around.” Really? Which one of the two wins against 1-A programs convinced you of that?
Like I said, I think highly of Mike London the person, but a few people seem to be getting ahead of themselves...
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