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Virginia Tech football: Can the Hokies win their final two games to get bowl eligible?

The bowl streak is in major jeopardy.

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh
One of the many Pitt touchdowns in Virginia Tech’s loss last week.
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Fresh off the Hokies’ embarrassing beatdown in the Steel City on Saturday afternoon, the ACC announced the starting times of Virginia Tech’s final two games of the 2018 regular season. This weekend’s tilt at Lane Stadium will kick off at 3:30 ET and televised on ESPN.

VT’s final game against archrival Virginia will be played on Black Friday and also features a kick-off time of 3:30 ET. That game will be broadcast on ABC.

The biggest question facing the Hokies, though, can they win their final two games and become bowl-eligible for the 27th consecutive season? If we are to use Tech’s last three games as a barometer for how we believe the Hokies will perform over the final two weeks then it is safe to say that streak is ending.

Anyone who has watched Miami recently will notice a lot of similarities to the Hokies. The Hurricanes are underwhelming and getting whipped on both sides of the ball. With VT, we can understand some of the reasons such as youth, inexperience and injuries playing a part in those struggles. With the ‘Canes, there’s plenty of talent, which makes their issues even more alarming. Although it’s probably safe to say they were highly overrated entering this season because each and every year it’s important for the national media to proclaim ‘the U is back.”

The Hokies can beat Miami on Saturday. I’m just not so sure that will happen. Saturday’s loss took a bit out of this bunch. I’ve never seen a Virginia Tech team over the last 20 years look that defeated. Not just on the scoreboard, but the body language of the players and coaches. That’s hard to fix in a week.

Now, the bigger question is can Virginia Tech beat the much-improved Virginia Cavaliers? The ‘Hoos have gotten much better in each of the last two seasons, however, like every team in the Coastal Division they have plenty of issues, too. We’ll have much more on this game in the next 10 days but right now this doesn’t look too good for the home team.

Well, Hokies, what do you think about the 3:30 kickoff times for the remaining two games? And will the Hokies go bowling?