After the first seven games of the 2013 season, the Virginia Tech Hokies looked like the front-runner to win the ACC Coastal Division title and claim a spot in the conference championship game. At 6-1, they were a perfect 3-0 in conference play and had the distinct advantage of not playing either dominant team from the Atlantic Division, the Florida State Seminoles or Clemson Tigers. But the Hokies have bungled away their advantage, losing three of their last four games and now sit in the middle of the pack in what will ultimately be a disappointing season.
Coming into 2013, Virginia Tech had a defense that was capable of carrying the Hokies deep into the ACC title race. All they needed was a little bit out of their offense to get them over the hump and make them serious contenders. Throughout the first half of the season, they were getting just barely enough out of their offense as their defense played at an elite level to win six straight games. But injuries on defense, particularly in the secondary, have hurt their effectiveness in recent weeks and the offense continues to spin its wheels which has led to the recent slide down the standings.
Their only positive note over the last month was their dominant dismantling of the then-No. 11 Miami Hurricanes, who appear to be in a bigger tailspin than the Hokies right now. But dropping two home games against the Duke Blue Devils and Maryland Terrapins with a bad trip to the Boston College Eagles in between is not what this team had in mind when they hit the halfway point of the season as the top dog in the Coastal Division.
The opportunity was there for Virginia Tech to make a run at the ACC title but the continued ineptitude of their offense combined with a thinned out defense due to injuries has turned a promising season into a major disappointment in the span of just four weeks.