Date of game: Nov. 4 in Blacksburg (Thursday night…as if you didn’t have this one circled).
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Last year’s record: 10-3, 6-2 in the ACC.
Head coach: Frank Beamer (23 seasons at Virginia Tech, 187-92-2 overall).
Key stat: 268.3. That’s the average number of yards the Hokies’ defense has allowed per game over the past six seasons. It’s the best mark in the country during that span.
Key stat II: 392.1. That’s the number of yards the Hokies’ offense averaged per game last season. They were sixth in the ACC.
Key stat III: 31.8. The number of points the Hokies averaged per game last season. They were second in the ACC.
What to watch: What to watch? Seriously? This is the game of the year in ACC. The defending champions, Georgia Tech, against the team that is once again picked to win the ACC.
Who to watch:
What to expect: A whole lot of scoring and a lot of noise. First, Jackets fans will have to sit through “Enter Sandman,” (one of that group’s worst songs in my opinion) when the Hokies run onto the field. VT fans love it. Seems kind of forced to me, but I can understand why people groove to it. Back to football, Virginia Tech lost six starters from last year’s defense, but those six were the key players on that unit, including three of four defensive linemen. So, this is an atypical Virginia Tech team: full of offense with a questionable defense. So, like so many of last year’s games, this one may come down to who has the ball last.
Prediction: I had Georgia Tech undefeated coming into this game (disclaimer: what do i know?). This should be the best game of the year, but … the Jackets will hit a speed bump. Now, everything could change if Boise State defeats the Hokies in both teams’ season-opener and shows other teams a blueprint for attacking that young defense. Also working in the Yellow Jackets’ favor is that the Hokies have North Carolina, Miami and rival Virginia coming up after them.