The Hokies looked out of the UNC contest early, but fought their way back to take the game to extra time. Winning at home against a big name school is what Cassell Coliseum lives for. It was an example of all the great things about Mike Young’s first year in Blacksburg and the hurdles still to overcome.
This week’s poll covered the double-over time win at home against UNC and the collapse on the road at Boston College. Another win-loss week opens the door for mixed opinions, so let’s take a look and how the results came out.
Week 10 - A comedown to reality
To be fair, this is more of what everyone was expecting when the year began. A young team that will have some surprise wins and struggle at times. Who those struggles came against is the frustrating part. Sitting solidly above the middle of the ACC, Tech should have been able to control the game against BC - even being on the road.
Hokie voters confidence on aggregate dipped to 96%, not bad at all, but likely a sign of how the rest of the year may go. VT has the talent to beat most teams in the ACC and put together a wonderful first season under Mike Young. How they rebound from this difficult period will tell a lot about this young team’s maturity.
After the poor showing in Miami Tuesday night, the Hokies need a strong response as they return home to take on Florida State this weekend. Otherwise that number might dip below 90% for the first time this season.
This week voters from each school were also asked which program has been the biggest disappointment so far this season. The ACC had two schools make the top three based on preseason expectations. UNC were the clear winners with 55% of the votes. Typically a top-25 mainstay the Tar Heels are 10-10 on the year. UVA finished third with 7.8%. Another pre-season national title hopeful Florida (where Kerry Blackshear transferred to from VT) came in fourth at 5.7%.
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