Monday Thoughts: FSU 2012

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Frank Beamer and Jimbo Fisher shake hands after #10 FSU squeaks out a 28-22 win in Blacksburg.

Here’s a sobering thought: in Virginia Tech’s last 12 games, the length of a full regular season, the Hokies are 4-8.

Among the Big Five conferences in 2011, the last full regular season on record, here are some of the teams that had a record of 4-8 or worse: Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Ole Miss, Minnesota, Indiana, Kansas, Oregon State, Washington State, Arizona, and Colorado.

Sorry, that’s not some of the teams that were 4-8 or worse last season; that’s all of them. All 11 of them. That’s who the Hokies are keeping company with these days.

It’s a little disingenuous to play that game. Virginia Tech still has two regular-season 2012 games left, and they could win as many as six games. If the Hokies go 6-6, that will increase the pool of, for lack of a better word, “peer” football programs with similar records.

I went through that exercise to point out how sudden and precipitous Virginia Tech’s fall has been. As I’ve pointed out before, on the morning of December 3rd, 2011, the Hokies were 11-1 and ranked #5 in the country. Less than a year later … they’re on a run of 4-8.

I still can’t believe that. Can you? When I look at this team, I don’t see a 4-8 team. I still see a huge number of the players and coaches who were 11-1 less than a year ago. I see them making plays, and I still have confidence that they can win games … but they’re not. They’re not winning games. They’re losing them. A lot of them. They’ve lost five out of their last six, and six out of their last eight. That’s what bad football teams do.

But I look at them, and I just don’t see it. I don’t look on the field and see a team on par with Duke, Ole Miss, Minnesota, Washington State, or Colorado. Those are bad football teams. The Hokies have just lost their way, and seem to have a knack for losing, even when they play well.

Which brings