A Bad Loss, But Not An Unexpected One

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In hindsight, I don’t think Virginia Tech ever stood much of a chance against Georgia Tech. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

I really don’t know what to do today. I don’t really know what to write about. For all of my years writing about Virginia Tech football on TSL, I’ve never covered a bad defense. Sure, there have been bad performances here and there, but on the whole, Tech’s defenses have been dominant.

That’s not the case this year. The Hokies have dropped off, and they didn’t just drop off to average. They dropped off to downright bad. This is not a good Virginia Tech defense in any way, shape or form, and you can’t convince me that it’s going to magically turn into one over the final four games of the season, or even next season. It could improve to the average level next year, but it won’t be dominant.

This is quite a rebuilding job on the defensive side of the ball, and Bud Foster, despite his outstanding career, has never had to rebuild before. He’s always been able to reload. These are uncharted waters for him and his coaching staff.

Today’s article probably won’t be very good. As I said, I’m not used to covering a team with a bad defense. These are uncharted waters for us here at TSL, too. Secrectly, I was never looking forward to this game, and I’ve been wanting to put it in the rear view mirror for quite awhile. In situations like this, I don’t know anything to do other than begin with some basic facts (stats), and use them to form some views and opinions.

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