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Talking Turkey Previews the Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

The Hokies head out to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to BB&T Stadium to take on the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest for their second in the Atlantic/Coastal crossover variable Home/Home game. Bryan and John look at the teams and how this is going to be an interesting football game. The results will definitely mean something this season. GO HOKIES!!!

Time for the Offensive Line to dominate, again
John Schneider - SB Nation

The Miracle on Turf

Last season The Deacs showed up at Lane and ran into Bud Foster Day. This weekend the most daunting thing that either team will be dealing with roster uncertainties due to COVID19. There is a dual problem in dealing with those roster hits. The first is obvious; the player is missing from the roster for a game (often two). That also means something a bit less obvious; once the player is cleared to play he’s out of practice and lost some conditioning edge due to lack of practice. The situation is raising its ugly head in all sorts of odd combinations. The Hokies lost the services of Hendon Hooker for 2 and a 12 games. The Defensive Secondary has been a moving mix of players covering out of position, and depth capability. The coaches may or may not have even been on the field or in the stadium to help with adjustments.

Where We Are is a Miracle of a Scrambling Head Coach

Justin Fuente has a 3 - 1 record and should never have reasonably been expected to pull that off. The Hokie Coaching staff has been nothing short of amazing in covering, filling in, and making do. The result has been one of the most potent college running offenses in the first half of the season, and an Offensive line that keeps getting noticed.

The Weather in Winston-Salem for Game Day

Weather Underground is cooperating this week, so our favorite weather source tells us that the conditions for the 3:30 kick will start off nice enough. It looks like the Carolina Thunder Bug is going to hit on and off starting around 4:00 and continue for the remainder of the game. We’ll have to see if Mother Nature messes with us more than COVID this weekend.


Seeing Brock Hoffman squeezed into the #25 to model the game duds is a bit like seeing Tim Settle when he wore the #25 for a game. Sort of a major comedy incongruity.

The Actual #25 Award for the Week

Goes to Chamarri Conner who came into Lane with an attitude last weekend.

So, he was so good last week he made the ACC Team of the week list for defensive backs.

Oh yes, and to go with Chamarri, Doug Nester grabbed an Offensive Lineman of the week honor. We keep seeing Hokies on the lists this season.

So, with all of that being said - Let’s Talk Turkey

Now, as always, before we close this, it’s your turn to sound off.


How do you think the Hokies are going to do?

This poll is closed

  • 62%
    Tech is on a roll. The Deacs really can’t stop the run and our Offense is running like an M1 Abrams tank. Hokies run to a lopsided win 14+ on the spread and 60 on the O/U
    (51 votes)
  • 6%
    Hokies run into a few stumbling blocks, the Offense good, but the defense is still having problems in the secondary. They sling it around and it’s a shootout. Deacs by 3 O/U 75
    (5 votes)
  • 25%
    Hokies can run all game, but Deacs are getting critical passes in. It’s a run out/shoot out with the Hokies grabbing the edge by 4 O/U is hovering around 70.
    (21 votes)
  • 4%
    Wake surprises the overconfident Hokies. The weather causes the dropsies and the game bogs down. Deacs win by 7 and the O/U is barely 35.
    (4 votes)
81 votes total Vote Now

So that’s it. Looks like the storms will be chasing the afternoon. Hopefully they don’t directly effect the game. Any rain would be a good thing since Virginia Tech is unlikely to need to throw the ball that much. We’ll see.

John’s Prediction: 43-17 Hokies