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1) In 2019, is it more important that the offense to be in the Top 25 and minimize turnovers, the defense to be Top 50 and minimize big plays, or special teams to be Top 10 by dominating the hidden yards battle? – ChazB
Chris Coleman: If I could choose one of the two, I’d pick the improved defense. The Virginia Tech offense ranked No. 41 in S&P+ in 2018. Sure, they weren’t perfect, but on the whole they played well enough to win most games. If they stay about the same, and the defense improves to top 50, the Hokies will be a much better football team in 2019.
Especially when you consider the level of competition. Here are the 2018 S&P+ rankings for each of VT’s 2019 opponents…
BC: No. 63
ODU: No. 109
Duke: No. 51
Miami: No. 27
UNC: No. 88
Notre Dame: No. 13
Wake: No. 57
GT: No. 74
Pitt: No. 61
UVA: No. 42
That’s only three top 50 opponents, one of which Virginia Tech has beaten for 15 seasons in a row. You couldn’t ask for a better schedule coming off a 6-7 season (though those responsible for selling tickets would disagree). If one of the things you mentioned happens, the Hokies will be better. If two of the three things happen, they’ll be a lot better. If all three happen, then Virginia Tech is the Coastal Division favorite....
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