Monday Thoughts: Hokies Taking Shape

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Three games into a September schedule that should result in a 4-0 record, the
Hokies continue to take shape. The defense is back to top ten status, the
offense is a work in progress, and punting and placekicking aren’t the usual
strong points the Hokies are used to. At this point, October and November look
like they’ll be full of intrigue.

I like these Hokies, but for the second week in a row, they showed some flaws
that will probably lead to one or two losses against the meat of their schedule.
Miami and Clemson looked good over the weekend, bringing home big wins for the
ACC, and Georgia Tech is mauling people with the number one offense in the
country. What once looked like a cakewalk to the Coastal Division title is
starting to appear like a minefield. In a way, that’s good, because no one likes
boring football, but it’s going to be a challenge.

Let’s break it down into defense, offense and special teams, starting with
the good stuff first.

Defense Continues to Dominate

Three games in, the Hokie defense is back to what we’re used to. They’re
ranked in the top ten nationally and the top two in the conference in almost
every category that matters.

Hokie Defense
Category Statistic National Rank ACC Rank
Total Defense 224.7 ypg 8 2 (FSU, 195 ypg)
Scoring Defense 10 ppg 8 1
Rush Defense 55.3 ypg 4 1
Pass Eff. Defense 78.97 4 1

There’s not much new to say about the defense in this space, just