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1) How important is the BC game for predicting the rest of our season? – HokieTC
Chris Coleman: Not particularly, in my opinion. I think it’s important for the mood of the fanbase in the early portions of the season. There’s no question about that. After starting last season 2-0, the Hokies went 4-7 in their next 11 games, and were pretty fortunate to win a couple of those. Tech fans have put up with losing a lot over the course of the last season, and beginning the season with a loss would further damage morale, in my opinion.
However, it doesn’t necessarily mean anything for the rest of the season, as our history as a football program tells us.
1995: Tech started 0-2, with a season opening loss to Boston College, and a week two loss to Cincinnati, both at home. They finished 10-2 with a Sugar Bowl win over Texas.
2004: The Hokies began the season 2-2, but won out to win the ACC in their first year in the conference. They made the Sugar Bowl, where they narrowly lost to undefeated Auburn.
2010: Tech began the season with defeats at the hands of Boise State and James Madison in what is probably the most brutal two-game stretch that the fanbase has had to endure as long as I’ve been watching. They rallied to win out and win the ACC.
On the other side of the coin, we know what it’s like to start out hot and then fade down the stretch.
2001: 6-0 start, finished 8-4.
2002: 8-0 start, finished 10-4.
2003: 6-0 start, finished 8-5.
If there’s any fanbase that should understand how it’s possible to see two totally different...
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