Gobbler Country Staff Predictions
No one wants to commit. Everyone is avoiding the obvious. Well, maybe not. It’s predictions time.
I’m being cynical and think our offense can’t compete with their defense, and we don’t have home field advantage or crowd support.
42 - 7 Miami
With the season seemingly already lost a shift to Hendon Hooker is a good idea. More actual game time to see what he can do and help decide who the 2020 starter should be. However, don’t expect the defense to have found the answer over the past week. Miami have two straight wins at home and have only given up an average of six points per game. Today’s goal should be to see promising signs at QB from Hooker.
28 - 14 Miami
There’s really not much to say at this point. Whether it’s Willis or Hooker, neither of these guys can overcome the terrible play calling. Even if they can, Tech’s defense can’t get stops consistently.
I am tired of being burned by this team. They aren’t very good on either side of the ball and, while Miami isn’t very good either, the ‘Canes are better than the Hokies. I do think Tech has its moments on Saturday and shows more life than it did last Friday, but it won’t be enough to win this game. Miami dominates the second half for a comfortable victory.
I said this before, this is the first game of the 2020 season. We are hearing word that Hendon Hooker will be starting, and possibly playing most, if not all of the game. This was “confirmed” by Tre Turner on Instagram... which means that the dog house in the Beamer Barn might be reserved for “Big Play” Tre. Tight lipped and, pretty belligerent about it, Fuente is quite probably not too pleased with his young receiver. We’ll see how that situation resolves itself. What we do know is that putting Hooker in was one of our much needed fix items. We’ll see what sort of offense that generates. It couldn’t be any worse than what the Hokies have been doing. I am tired of being burned on the predictions, too. The truth is that Miami is pretty brutally mediocre. They are 2-2 with losses against peers and wins against cupcakes (only one of which was a blowout). The one thing, or 30 or so things, that Miami has is better talent at nearly every position. I just don’t see Tech doing much of much on this one. I don’t see Miami doing much more, but enough more that they pull off a convincing win. (Good luck to Hendon Hooker, though... He’s a good young man who deserves this chance. Make me wrong Hendon... Make me wrong.)
Well it doesn’t look like too many of the staff think this is going to be a Hokie sort of contest.
How do you feel it’s going to go?
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Hooker is a spark, the Offense finds a little bit of consistency after a sputtery start. It isn’t enough to win, though. ‘Canes put up a win within the spread.
Hooker wasn’t the answer, either. Nothing looks like the answer. The Hokies last two quarters then melt. Miami beats the spread.
Somehow, Tech pulls it together. Hooker and Patterson are both used, and Miami didn’t prepare for that sort of Offense. Tech wins in a close contest.
The Defense finally wakes up and plays a complete game. They even force a few turnovers to make the difference. Hokies surprise everyone and win comfortably.