Have your expectations for the season changed after the first three games?
Tafkam Hokie: I gotta admit, walking out of the stadium on Saturday, I mentioned to a friend that the most negative thing I could think of after that performance was “gee, I hope a game like that doesn’t make us too cocky.” For the next day or two, it was easy to get swept up in the emotion of one of the most complete games I’ve seen from the program in awhile. But after taking a few deep breaths, I’m not sure my expectations for the season have changed much. I went into the season thinking a low-level bowl game and 6-8 wins was a reasonable expectation. We were likely to stumble a few times, and look really good at others. That is exactly what we’ve seen three games in.
Maybe being a VT fan for Beamer’s entire tenure has led me to adopt one of his mantras that you shouldn’t let the outcome of a game get you too high or too low. When you are bad, you likely only need to clean up a few things to be good. When you are good, it only takes a few mistakes to look bad (like, say, fumbling the ball five times).
As good as the team played last Saturday, we still don’t know if they can perform at that level with any consistency. I also still think our recruiting has been down a bit lately and it is translating into some questionable talent and/or depth at a few positions. It is hard to imagine that will not cost us against some of the better teams we play. If you balance our potential with our concerns, I think I still land near the high-end of my preseason expectations, and am thinking closer to eight wins than six is realistic.
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