Virginia Tech-Richmond: The Same Conversation

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Tre Turner made plays for Virginia Tech, but as a whole, the offense struggled. (Ivan Morozov)

I decided to do something a little bit different following Virginia Tech’s uninspiring 21-10 win over Richmond.  I decided that instead of going home immediately after the game and working on a column that I’d head downtown and do something I haven’t done since 2019…just sit around at a bar and watch college football all day and night.

I had watched Wake Forest-UVA on Friday night already, and then I got a chance to catch the end of the Notre Dame-Wisconsin game as well as all of the Clemson-NC State.  I watched a little bit of UT-Florida out of the corner of my eye, but my main impressions came from those other two games.

Wake Forest-UVA was highly entertaining on Friday night, particularly the result.  The Demon Deacons are well-coached, and a veteran, well-oiled machine.  However, on Saturday I was not treated to very good offensive football.  Notre Dame scored 41 points on about 240 yards of offense, while Clemson and NC State struggled to find the endzone all game long.  But of course, neither one of those offensive masterpieces could match what I had seen in Lane Stadium earlier in the day.

If it’s not one thing, it’s another.  That applies to the Virginia Tech offense on a game-by-game basis, as well as a play-by-play basis.  Last week against West Virginia, the Hokies got zero points from three redzone trips.  This week, they converted 100% of their redzone possessions into touchdowns, and you can’t do it any better than that, but they struggled to actually get the ball into the redzone against an FCS defense.