Today, Virginia Tech played North Carolina in Chapel Hill and what followed was one of the worst played games by the Hokies in recent memory. The final score was 48-34 in the Tar Heels’ favor and the Hokies simply looked out classed on offense, defense and special teams. Virginia Tech’s 10-win season streak looks done, but could their bowl streak also be over in 2012?
It has been a very long time since the last time that Virginia Tech wasn’t in postseason play. In fact, George H.W. Bush was still president. The year was 1992 and VPI’s record was 2-8-1 (it was so long ago that a game could still end in a tie). However, Frank Beamer was able to turn it around in 1993 and the rest, as they say, is history.
The Hokies are currently 3-3 and only have to manage three more victories in order to get into postseason play, but if they continue to play like they did against Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and UNC (their three losses), that could be a tall order. Tech has six games left and will probably be favored to win in three of those games.
Next week they will host Duke, which at the beginning of the season seemed like an automatic win. However, that is no longer the case. Duke is a solid team with a very good offense. Quarterback Sean Renfree and receiver Conner Vernon have made the Blue Devil’s offense one of the best in the ACC up until this point.
Virginia Tech will then face a three game stretch in which they will be the underdog in each one. It starts with a trip to Clemson and a Tigers team that blew out the Hokies twice last season. That game will be followed by a trip to a much improved Miami that has shown the ability to score on anybody. The final game during that stretch will be a Thursday night home game against Florida State. At this point, it doesn’t seem like the Hokies have a chance in any of those games.
The Hokies could head into their final two games of the season with a 4-6 record. If that scenario does unfold, then it would make both of those games absolute must wins or else Virginia Tech’s bowl streak would end at 19 years. Their final two games are at Boston College and at home against archrival Virginia.
At best, the Hokies could win eight games this season, but right now that number seems charitable. Logan Thomas and his receivers can’t get on the same page, the Hokies run game is nonexistent and surprisingly Bud Foster’s defense has looked totally overmatched against many of their opponents.
I do believe that Virginia Tech will make a bowl game and continue the streak, but this season has still been a massive disappointment.