The Virginia Tech Hokies have had a couple of mediocre seasons in a row. This year they have 54 lettermen back and while they do have to replace their QB, this looks like it could be Frank Beamers strongest squad that he has had in the last 3 years. Preview & Schedule below.
The Hokies were very average on offense last year as they scored just 22.5 ppg, while having one of the worst rushing attacks in the nation. This year they lose QB Logan Thomas, but did pick up Texas Tech transfer QB Michael Brewer, who looks to be the one that will run the show this year. Brewer will have some weapons and the top 3 and 8 of the top 9 pass catchers are back from last year. This will be a solid WR corps this year, while the running game should improve with Trey Edmunds back, after he totaled 675 yards and 10 TDs last year. Helping the running game will be an OL that should improve, with 5 players back who had at least 6 starts last year. The offense will be improved for the Hokies, but still it will be the defense that carries this team. The Hokies did lose allot from it’s defense last year, but they just sem to reload on this side of the ball, so they will be formidable again. The DL is led by Luther Maddy, who had 13.5 total TFL last year. The DL overall as a unit looked very impressive in the spring and have been rated as the 14 th best in the nation by Phil Steele. The LB must replace all three starters, but there is still some experience in that group, while all 4 starters are back to a secondary that ranks tops in the nation by Phil Steele. Last year their top two DB’s were injured for much of the year and yet they still allowed just 173 ypg through the air. Both are back and that makes this unit very scary for opposing QBs.
The offense for the Hokies will be improved over last year, but it may take a few games to get going. The defense is what will lead this team, with 27 of 32 lettermen back and probably the best secondary in the land. The Hokies get Miami and Georgia Tech at home, while their toughest games of the year will be at Ohio State, North Carolina and Pittsburgh. This rest of the schedule is more than manageable and should have them grabbing at least 9 wins during the regular season. KEY TREND: 7-0 ATS after playing North Carolina
2014 Virginia Tech Hokies Football Schedule
Sat, Aug 30th, 2014 William & Mary
Sat, Sep 6th, 2014 at Ohio State
Sat, Sep 13th, 2014 East Carolina
Sat, Sep 20th, 2014 Georgia Tech
Sat, Sep 27th, 2014 Western Mich
Sat, Oct 4th, 2014 at North Carolina
Thu, Oct 16th, 2014 at Pittsburgh
Thu, Oct 23rd, 2014 Miami-Florida
Sat, Nov 1st, 2014 Boston College
Sat, Nov 15th, 2014 at Duke
Sat, Nov 22nd, 2014 at Wake Forest
Fri, Nov 28th, 2014 Virginia
Info gathered From Phil Steele's CFB Preview and Athlon Sports
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