Preseason Thoughts: A Key Four-Game Stretch

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The physical Hurricanes will provide another stern test for the Hokies. (Photo by Darren Altman)

Back in the day, it was pretty easy to come up with preseason content.  With open scrimmages and the ever-present depth chart and daily coaches’ reports, we would historically put a lot of effort into our position previews, because we had a good feel for the players and the depth chart.

We’re still going to do position previews in the month of August, but between now and the start of the season, I’ll also be writing about a topic that I feel will be important to the upcoming season.

I haven’t decided all the topics I’ll be covering yet.  They could range from the importance of a certain position, to high-profile games, season ticket sales, or key games on the schedule.  Today I want to talk about a key stretch of games that I believe will decide the fate of Virginia Tech’s season.

Yes, the Hokies have big national games against Florida State (September 3) and Notre Dame (October 6).  I’m not saying those games aren’t important.  However, Notre Dame isn’t an ACC game, and Florida State is the first game.  If we know anything as Tech fans, it’s that the first game of the season doesn’t necessarily dictate how the rest of the season will go.  See 0-2 starts in 1995 and 2010 as examples.