2. The Most Underrated Thing Was …
Every time it seems like Virginia Tech is on the verge of becoming a big deal, it’s usually followed by a resounding thud.
After starting 2-0 in 2018 with a win over Florida State on the road, then came the loss at Old Dominion.
It handed eventual national champion Ohio State its only loss of the 2014 season, and followed it up by losing five of its next seven games.
There’s been at least one loss to a team that finished with a losing record in seven of the last eight years.
This season, the pollsters aren’t quite into the Hokies coming off a 8-5 season full of meh. 26th in the AP and 23rd in the Coaches, there’s a wee bit of respect, but not a lot.
This might be the best team in the ACC that no one is paying any attention to.
Clemson is Clemson, Notre Dame is getting the pub for getting a drawer in the friends with benefits relationship with the ACC, Miami is rolling, and North Carolina is everyone’s darling.
Meanwhile, Virginia Tech came within a thriller of a loss to Virginia of going to the 2019 ACC Championship, and that was in a rebuilding year.
On Saturday, the Hokies were without more than 20 players – including starting QB Hendon Hooker – and they still ripped up NC State for a 17-0 lead in the first quarter on the way to a 45-20 wipeout.
There’s no Notre Dame on the slate, but Miami has to come to Blacksburg, four of the last five games are at home, and be very, very careful of the December 5th date against Clemson.
If Saturday was any indication, Virginia Tech is going to be an ACC factor in some way once it’s healthy.