Frank Beamer and the Virginia Tech Hokies have been a model of consistency for years in the ACC. As the league changes and the college football landscape shifts, you can count on Virginia Tech for solid season after solid season.
As the numbers show, you can also count on them to struggle in neutral site venues, especially those played in NFL stadiums. The numbers and trends bear watching as Virginia Tech is set to take on Cincinnati this weekend at FedEx Field in Landover, MD — home of the Washington Redskins.
The Hokies have now lost four consecutive games in NFL stadiums. Most recently, they dropped a shocker to Pitt in Heinz Field — home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Under Beamer, VT is 12-18 in neutral sites and 10-20 when playing in NFL stadiums. They are 0-2 at FedEx Field, with a loss to Boise State in the 2010 opener representing their last trip there.
Of course, the players and coaches see this more as a coincidence than a trend.
“I think it’s just coincidence,” quarterback Logan Thomas said. “I don’t think your game style should change anywhere you go. Football’s football. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing on a practice field or an NFL stadium. I couldn’t tell you what the reason was. I guess it’s just not good days for us at NFL stadiums.”
By late Saturday night we’ll know if it mattered this week.