It’s Friday the 13th. At least the Duke game is the 27th, or we’d all have itchy scalps. Where are we in the process, and what are the issues that need to be settled? The coaches are all still unsatisfied with the consistency and performance of the team, that came from Fuente’s own mouth earlier this week.
The game with the Paladins isn’t going to be a total cakewalk, but it is an opportunity to iron out some kinks before the bye week and our big Coastal Division match-up with David Cutcliffe’s Duke Blue Devils.
There are still lots of things to settle in this one. We are going to predict final scores, but ultimately those aren’t going to matter unless this Hokie team melts down. This is a critical test, however.
While Furman has a solid program, this game should not be a problem for the Hokies. The Paladins are an FCS school and they have a high-flying offense which could create a bit of chaos with the Tech defense. No, Furman isn’t going to win, however, I wouldn’t trust the Hokies to cover the spread either. What the Hokies need on Saturday is a blowout win where they establish a running game, get pressure on the quarterback and win big. It’s a noon kick so everyone can go home happy.
Hokies 42, Furman 10
This game should be a practice for the Hokies. Ryan Willis and some other starters shouldn’t touch the field in the second half. Tech should dominate Furman and give the crowd at Lane some hope and something to cheer about. However, I expect Tech to struggle to blowout this team. I for one would love to see other options at some positions just to see what talent Fuente has accrued, but I doubt we’ll get to see that. With that being said, Virginia Tech should cover the spread and get out with a comfortable win.
This game is going to be unsatisfying for quite a few people who just want to see some sort of huge blowout. I do see that we could score a lot of points, the Paladin Defense is having some issues. What I want to see is something similar to what I look for in NFL preseason games; individual performance, unit consistency, coaching innovation, and roster challenges. I’d like to see Ryan Willis used minimally if at all. I’d like to see Hendon Hooker run the team with the full playbook available. The defense needs to use the opportunity to challenge itself with containing a running QB. Someone needs to pipe Cornelsen some sort of real music and get him into a play calling rhythm that moves the ball down the field. AND most importantly I want to see a better more consistently executed running game. Now is the time.
56-13 (maybe 17) Hokies
Kickoff is at 12:00. Lane should be interesting, scattered showers and storms are predicted. It’s Military Appreciation Day, and an Orange Effect game. The Air Force is supposed to do a Willy the Whale Wallow Over with a C-17 Globemaster III. (No F-22’s or F/A-18’s screaming by this time... darnit...)
In some other news: Dylan Rivers has been picked to wear the #25 for his work this week on special teams.
Looks like Fu is believing in the curse of the Orange Uniform because it’s all maroons, with the chrome orange helmet and a flying VT.
The Media Situation Remains Unchanged
We’ll see you all online at the stadium. Comcast and ACCN still have not signed a thing so we’ll be scrambling to find you some information. ACC Network is still available on both satellite providers.
It might be a frustrating season for ACC Fans who are Comcast users. (Most of Blacskburg is served by Comcast). We’ll do our best to give you all a front row to the view if you are listening to Laze and Mike on the radio.