Monday Thoughts: Improved Defense, and a Look at That Third-Quarter Fade

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Boston College’s AJ Dillon (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

Every week seems to bring something new, while some old problems remain.

Even though I picked VT to lose this one — I was pretty close on my prediction, too, picking BC 35, VT 24 — I’m disappointed in the loss. The Hokies came out with good game plans and executed well and had BC where they wanted them. Then they let them slip away.

I like this game because it restored my faith in Virginia Tech’s defense. They stood up well to a power running game and gave their team a good chance to win. I dislike this game because the offense froze up again, and the coaching staff made some decisions I didn’t agree with, facilitating BC’s path to victory. We learned a lot about how the coaching staff views this offense, and it wasn’t comforting.

This game did not change my outlook for the rest of the season. There is at least one victory left on the schedule, maybe two. I’m not sure how the staff will adjust to get this team there, or if they even can, at this point in the season when so much is on film and tendencies are well-established. But we’ll see.

Let’s take an offense-defense approach