Monday Thoughts: A Successful October Comes to an End

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Justin Fuente: “I’d keep playing. I don’t think the heavy stuff’s gonna come down for quite awhile.” (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

Thus ends a pretty boring October.

Yep, I said it: October was pretty dull. It’s not the team’s fault, because they played well, including a much-appreciated smackdown of North Carolina. It’s the schedule’s fault. Here’s the month Tech just played…

  • Oct. 7: at Boston College, 23-10 win
  • Oct. 14: Open
  • Oct. 21: North Carolina, 59-7 win
  • Oct. 28: Duke, 24-3 win

Compare this to October of the 2016 season:

  • Oct. 8: at No. 17 North Carolina, 34-3 win
  • Oct. 15: at Syracuse, 31-17 loss
  • Oct. 20: Miami, 37-16 win
  • Oct. 27: at Pittsburgh, 39-36 win

Last October started with a hurricane and ended with a bang. It was a pretty interesting month overall, and that pitched battle with Pittsburgh rocked Hokie Nation and sent fans into a frenzy. It was a great month.

This October? Not so much. We got a little worked up about UNC, but other than that, it was just a TCOB (Taking Care of Business) month. The Hokies did exactly that.

Now we enter the make-or-break portion of the schedule. September was all about setting up the big game with Clemson and maximizing the exposure, and the Hokies did it. October was all about setting up a big game with Miami and maximizing the exposure,