Though it didn’t register nationally, Virginia Tech’s win over Florida State
on Saturday was a pretty big one. It got the Hokies to .500 in conference play,
and now they don’t have to go into Chapel Hill on Thursday night with an 0-2 ACC
Perhaps even more than that, it avoided the dreaded home loss. Tech has
already dropped home games to Purdue and UVA, the latter of which hurt the
Hokies a lot. They couldn’t afford a third home loss so early in the season.
Remember, last year Tech only lost one regular season home game. A third home loss by
the second week of January would have been devastating.
Speaking of home losses, I don’t think the Hokies can afford another one this
year, save Duke.
Virginia Tech has three chances at home to earn top 50 wins. Let’s throw out
the Duke game as a probable loss. That means the Hokies need to beat Miami and
BC to earn some top 50 wins. Perhaps even more important, they can’t lose at
home to 100+ teams in the RPI such as Wake Forest, Longwood, Georgia Tech and
Maryland. They already have one such loss to UVA, and they can’t afford a
My personal goal for the rest of the season is to go 6-1 at home. That would
be 16 total wins. If the Hokies can go 4-4 on the road in ACC play, that would
put them in pretty decent shape. While we’re at it, here’s a look at Tech’s road
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