Virginia Tech Football Predictions

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The Virginia Tech Hokies are one of only three teams to make it to at least 20 straight bowl games. They played in the national title game in 1999 while going 22-2 in a two-year stretch. They moved to the ACC in 2004 and have been absolutely dominant. They have posted a 57-15 record in ACC action while playing in five of eight conference title games.

However, Virginia Tech had to win its final two games last year just to become bowl eligible. It would top Boston College in overtime before sneaking by Virginia 17-14 in its regular season finale. Things look much brighter for Frank Beamer’s club heading into 2013 with 15 starters and 50 lettermen returning.

The offense brings back six starters from a unit that put up 25.1 points per game last season. Logan Thomas was simply asked to do too much behind an inexperienced offensive line. Thomas finished with 2,976 yards with 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, while also leading the team in rushing with 524 yards and 9 scores. Three starters return along the offensive line, but Thomas loses his top three receivers from last year.

The defense wasn’t up to par, either. It allowed 22.8 points and 333 total yards per game, which sounds decent, but it isn’t up to coordinator Bud Foster’s standards. With nine starters back, this stop unit has a chance to be one of the best in the entire country. Jack Tyler (119 tackles, 13 for loss), Kyle Fuller (52 tackles, 2 INT), Derrick Hopkins (51 tackles, 10 for loss) and Antone Exum (48 tackles, 21 passes defended) all return.

Last Season
ACC Coastal
Record
ATS Record
Over/Under
Points For
Points Against
4th
7-6
4-9
6-7
25.1
22.8
2013 Schedule
2013 Virginia Tech Hokies Schedule
Date Opponent
Spread (Est.)
Win Chance
8/31 Alabama (Atlanta)
+17
0.00
9/7 Western Carolina
-38
1
9/14 @ East Carolina
-10
0.80
9/21 Marshall
-18
1
9/26 @ Georgia Tech
-1
0.50
10/5 North Carolina
-6.5
0.65
10/12 Pittsburgh
-13.5
0.87
10/26 Duke
-13.5
0.87
11/2 @ Boston College
-11
0.83
11/9 @ Miami, FL
+3.5
0.36
11/16 Maryland
-12
0.85
11/30 @ Virginia
-10
0.80
Estimated Wins: 8.53

The Hokies must face the two-time defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide to open the season in Atlanta. We’ll know right away how much this team has improved from a year ago after that huge contest.

The rest of the non-conference schedule isn’t easy, either. Virginia Tech must travel to face East Carolina while hosting Marshall. Those two teams are projected to finished first and second in Conference USA’s East Division due to having a ton of returning talent.

Virginia Tech does get a break in ACC play considering it avoids Florida State and Clemson from the Atlantic. It draws Maryland and Boston College from that division, which is certainly a bonus.

The Hokies get a key game against Miami on the road on November 9 that could very well decide the Coastal. Aside form that contest, Virginia Tech will likely be favored in every other ACC game.

Odds (Courtesy of Bovada)
Regular Season Win Total
ACC Championship Odds
National Championship Odds
9.5
13 to 2
225 to 1
Season Predictions

Virginia Tech has a chance to be one of the most improved teams in the country. That 7-6 campaign from last year has left a sour taste in these player’s mouths. Beamer will have no problem getting his team motivated to bounce back.

This was a very young, inexperienced team last year. It now becomes one of the most experienced in the ACC with 15 starters and 50 lettermen returning. The offense will be improved behind Thomas and a lot more steady play along the offensive line.

The Hokies have been known for taking the ball away from their opponents, but they actually finished -5 in turnover differential last season. Look for them to get back in the positive in that department as the offense takes better care of the ball, while Foster’s defense gets back to forcing more turnovers.

I look for Virginia Tech to give Alabama a run for its money in the opener and to finish 3-1 in non-conference play. I do expect the Hokies to lose at Miami, but that will be the only conference loss they suffer all season as they will be favored in every other ACC game. One ACC loss will be good enough to win the Coastal.

2013 Projections
ACC Coastal
ACC Record
Overall Record
Win Total Prediction
1st
7-1
10-2
Over 9.5
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