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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Pittsburgh Panthers: News Bits, Predictions and Poll

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It’s Game Day Morning. Blacksburg has put on its Bleaksburg colors and temperatures. Pitt rolls into town to face our Hokies. Both teams need the win to get a shot at the Coastal. Both teams are on a roll. Will the elements affect the game? We’ll see. Comment, take the poll. GO HOKIES!!!

It was cold and threatening in 2017, too.
John Schneider - SB Nation

News Roundup

It’s Senior Day, and there are a total of five players being honored for their dedication and loyalty. Some will be suiting up for the last time. There may be one or two to move on to the next level, somewhere. What is sure is that every one of them is all Hokie and one of our own. Congratulations to Reggie Floyd, Daniel Griffith, Jovonn Quillen, Ish Seisay, and Ryan Willis.

Uniform of the Day

Looks like the Hokies are going with what works. Maroon Helmet and Jersey, white pants and shoes. Always my favorite look.

The Beamerball #25 goes to James Mitchell

James is playing upperclassman football on both Special Teams and Offense.

Caleb Farley is ranked as the #1 in the ACC on pass defense. He’s just getting started, too.

The Kickoff is 3:30. The day will be wet and cold. This is going to be one of those real late November contests where it hurts just to move. Hokies play their best football when it’s just like this.


Predictions

Bryan Manning

Everyone remembers this game one year ago. It was the lowlight of a season where there were plenty of lowlights. One year later, so much has changed. This team looked a lot like that Hokie squad from last November in a loss to Duke earlier this season. Then everything changed. Hendon Hooker took over at quarterback and Bud Foster did what Bud Foster does for the defense. Now, the Hokies are playing good football. Pitt is a good team. They have an outstanding defense and lead the nation in sacks. They are also in the top ten in run defense and total defense, too. Kenny Pickett is an experienced quarterback. The Panthers’ offense isn’t going to dominate this game tomorrow. But it’ll be close. Hokies get big plays in the passing game from Keene and Mitchell, while Hooker’s legs make some plays in the running game. Also, the defense forces a couple of turnovers and the Hokies win and head to Charlottesville with everything on the line.

Virginia Tech 27, Pittsburgh 24


Nathan Reynolds

This is a perfect November match-up. A pair of quality football programs battling for the division title. It’ll be cold and rainy. It’s senior day and Bud Foster’s last home game after a legendary Virginia Tech career. Lane Stadium should be loud and energetic, regardless of the weather - looking to push on their Hokies and set up a great end of season showdown with UVA. Virginia Tech is finding form at the right time. The combination of Hendon Hooker, Quincy Patterson, and the rushing group will help Tech set the tempo during the match. The Panthers are a pass-first offense and Saturday’s weather doesn’t set up well for that. Add in a defense who shut out George Tech, disrupted Wake Forest, and wants to send Foster out on a high. It’ll be a messy day, but one that the Hokies should walk out of with the W.

Virginia Tech 31 Pittsburgh 17


John Schneider

This game means everything to the Hokies. It also means everything for the Panthers. If either loses they are out. If either wins there is still one more game to go. The Hokies have their destiny in their hands. The conditions are going to be difficult for passing and Pitt is a passing offense. Running will also have to be cautious and sure footed because Worsham Field is going to be soupy and wet. Pitt is really good against the run, and has a solid pass rush. Pitt is 7-3 but the losses are significant; UVA, Penn State, and Miami. They’ve had mostly close games, and came very close to losing to Carolina in overtime (at the Big Ketchup). If the Hokies play the football that they have been playing the last five weeks, We should be just a notch or two better. It’s going to be a mudder’s field day. The Over/Under should be below 50, and unless the rain lets up the kicking game is going to be short.

24-17 Hokies


Poll

Now tell us how you feel. What’s going to happen today?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    Pitt and Tech start trading stalled drives as passes are hard to complete and runs are soft but defense is stout. It’s a low scoring old fashioned mud game. Tech wins by a score.
    (63 votes)
  • 9%
    The Pitt defense is really good and the still inexperienced Tech O-Line struggles. Good runs are sporadic, and Kenny Picket gives us fits. Pitt pulls off a surprise two score win.
    (19 votes)
  • 50%
    Tech picks up where it left off last Saturday. The offense is not what Narduzzi prepared for, and the defense shuts down the tepid Pitt passing game. Pickett stays in check. Tech wins by more than two scores.
    (106 votes)
  • 10%
    It goes down to the wire and Pitt scores the final TD with no time left on the clock winning by less than a TD.
    (23 votes)
211 votes total Vote Now

If you feel like it’s something else, please feel free to join in the discussion. The game is going to be carried on ESPN2. Remember that Mike and Jon are going to be calling it on the Virginia Tech Sports Network.

It’s Bud Foster’s last game at Lane. Let’s send him out with his 230th win since taking over for as the Defensive Coordinator.

GO HOKIES!!!!