1. VIRGINIA TECH WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
And here comes the bounceback.
There might not be the high-end defensive talent level of the 2018 team, and the offensive skill guys aren’t special, and the lines are still a concern, but …
The defense isn’t going to be that bad again.
The experience will translate into a bit more production, and the hope has to be for better overall health to put together a little bit of depth and a few options to play around with.
The kicking game is good, just about everyone is back on the defensive side, the offensive line will come up with a good starting five in fall camp, and the skill guys are good enough … as long as the defense is the Virginia Tech defense again.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 8
Granted, the problems against Old Dominion last year showed how the program can’t take anything for granted, but there’s no Florida State on the slate this year – the Noles are going to be stronger – there’s no NC State, and best of all, there’s no Clemson.
Going to Miami and Virginia will be tough, and dealing with Notre Dame in South Bend won’t be a breeze, but if this is all going to work in Year Four under Justin Fuente, the Hokies have to roll through this mediocre schedule – Old Dominion, Furman, Duke, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Pitt have to all be home wins – and throw in a road victory over a Boston College or maybe a Georgia Tech in there.
There are just enough concerns to keep this from being a ten-win team, but it should enter November with the Coastal there for the taking.
If the Hokies can run through the final four ACC games – Wake Forest, at Georgia Tech, Pitt and at Virginia – they’ll be playing Clemson for the ACC title.