The Virginia Tech Hokies have been mediocre at best the last two seasons, but their longtime head coach is optimistic heading into the 2014 campaign.
Frank Beamer has taken his alma mater to 21 straight bowl games, which is important to consider when looking over Virginia Tech’s College Football odds for regular season win total of 8 at Pinnacle Sports, but it’s important to point out that the team has won just 15 games since 2012.
Beamer is currently the NCAA’s active leader with 266 wins, with much of that success coming since he hired defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who has served in that particular role since 1995.
Question Mark Under Center
The departure of dual-threat signal-caller Logan Thomas has left a void under center, with four inexperienced players vying for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart, with many insiders around the program expecting Texas Tech transfer Michael Brewer to land the job.
Virginia Tech can still challenge for an ACC title without high-level play from the position, but whoever earns the role needs to take care of the football and manage the game accordingly.
The Hokies averaged 12.6 yards per completion in 2013, but completed just 56 percent of their attempts—a number that must improve to keep opposing defenses honest.
Taking on The Best
Beamer’s squad dropped all three games against teams that finished last season ranked in the top 25—getting outscored by a 90-32 margin in those affairs.
Virginia Tech may only have to face one ranked opponent on its schedule this season, and it has received a bit of a break in that potential contest against the Ohio State Buckeyes on the road in Week 2.
Foster won’t have to worry about game planning for Buckeyes star quarterback Braxton Miller, who is now out for the season with an injury to his throwing shoulder.
A Lot To Like Up Front
There’s no question that the Hokies will rely on a veteran offensive line in hopes of winning eight or more games, as the group has amassed 73 combined starts since arriving on campus, while having five back from last season that started six or more games.
Virginia Tech has a dynamic backfield to take advantage of any holes that the line creates, with sophomore running back Trey Edmunds leading the charge, as he gained 709 yards and hit pay dirt 10 times in making 10 starts in 2013.
I’m expecting the Hokies to finish with a 9-3 record this season, as they benefit greatly from not having to play the Clemson Tigers or Florida State Seminoles in Atlantic Coast Conference action.
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