Monday Thoughts: Hokies Avoid Being Blue-Raided

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Justin Fuente Virginia Tech
“What? We’re not going to score 45 points? Pfffftttt!” (Ivan Morozov)

At halftime of this one, I was not a happy camper. I wasn’t mad, per se, because I don’t really get like that anymore. But I was disappointed that my desired outcome (45-10, Hokies) looked out of range, as Tech led just 14-7 at the break.

Note that I said “desired outcome.” That was my prediction from the game preview, yes, but there was also an element of wishful thinking there. My college buddy Bruce teased me before the UNC game and said, “You picked us to lose [against UNC], and if we win, you’ll pick us for a big win against MTSU, and if we don’t win by a bunch, then you’ll pick us to lose to WVU, and ….”

He’s not entirely wrong, except for the WVU part. Even without knowing anything about WVU, I’m going to pick VT to win.

Back to my point, though. I wanted to see a big win. I wanted to see VT come out and get off to a good start against MTSU. I made the point that the last time VT blew out an overmatched out of conference opponent was in 2018, when the Hokies beat William & Mary 62-17. I wanted to see evidence that this team was turning the corner and was capable of spanking a lesser opponent “like they used to.”

I’m looking