However, this is not what this blog post is about, as it is on November 1, the start of the final chapter of the 2012 campaign for Virginia Tech. I decided to investigate and do some digging through the archives of Virginia Tech to see how they have fared in November since the 2004-2005 season, the inaugural season they officially became a member of the ACC. All of this information came from Hokiesports.com.
*In 2004-2005 season, before November, Virginia Tech had a 6-2 record, with losses to Southern California and North Carolina State. Then, in Novemeber, Virginia Tech went on a 3-0 streak and capped the season with a 16-10 victory over Miami. The average margin of victory was 22 points.
*In 2005-2006, Virginia Tech carried 8-0 record before November, and then went 2-1 in November, highlighted by a loss to...Miami. The average margin of victory was 15 points.
*In 2006-2007, Virginia Tech sported 6-2 record before November, and claimed 4-0 record. Average margin of victory - 17 points.
*In 2007-2008, 6-2 before November, and 4-0 November record. Average margin of victory - 21.25 points.
*In 2008-2009, 5-3 before November, and 3-1 November record. Again, the loss in November was another loss to Miami. Average margin of victory - 5.5 points.
*In 2009-2010, 5-3 before November, and 4-0 November record. Average margin of victory - 24.25 points.
*In 2010-2011, 6-2 with two painful losses that folks would like to forget, but in November, 4-0 streak! Average margin of victory - 16.75 points.
*In 2011-2012, 8-1 before November, but another 3-0 streak. Average margin of victory - 17.33 points.
So, overall, Virginia Tech OWNED November with a combined 27-2 record!
Since Virginia Tech is playing Miami, I think it would interest everyone that playing during the month of November, Virginia Tech owns a 4-2 record over Miami since joining the ACC. Two notable games in which Tech beat Miami were played 9/26/09 (a very rainy day, if folks recall), and the most thrilling comeback that will go down in Tech lore, a victory over Miami in Blacksburg 10/8/11 with the Final Drive.
This season, Virginia Tech is sitting at a painful 4-4 record, which since joining the ACC, has not happened. What is the most likely scenario? I am not entirely certain, but I believe it is highly probable that Tech finishes with a 3-1 record at best, or possibly 2-2 record for the month of November.
There is no getting around it - Virginia Tech has to beat Miami if they want to go to Charlotte.
LET'S GO, HOKIES!