The ACC can be a fickle place for a football program. Every year the media is quick to overhype two or three teams from the conference and dismiss the rest of the conference. The two teams that are always overhyped are Miami and Florida State, and while the Seminoles finally stepped up to the plate last year, the Hurricanes still seem to be far away from where they want to be. However, as we look ahead to 2013 the one ACC team that seems to be the most overlooked is Virginia Tech.
The Hokies are coming off of their worst season in 20 years. Their quarterback, Logan Thomas, looked like the tight end that he originally was, throwing the football. The running game was nonexistent and this offseason there has been great upheaval on the offensive coaching staff. However, I think that right now the media is writing off Virginia Tech far too quickly for 2013.
The biggest mistake that fans, the media and most importantly opposing teams can do is overlook Virginia Tech. The Hokies thrive when they have a chip on their shoulder, and they will be a better team in 2013. However, the first game of the 2013 season looms large as Tech will be taking on defending Champion Alabama.
However, Tech always plays well against the nation’s top teams (the notable exception was the loss to Stanford in the 2011 Orange Bowl). The only problem is that the Hokies never beat these top teams. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Tech had a lead on Alabama in the second half only to lose the game.
Virginia Tech is poised for a bounce back season. Frank Beamer’s team has a defense that should be one of the best in the country this year and an offense headed by a new coordinator. The Hokies are also returning Logan Thomas,who has shown the ability to be one of the best quarterbacks in the country. If he can return to form, Tech will not be a team to be trifled with.
Don’t write off the Hokies so quickly, or you’ll be sorry.