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After a heart-breaking loss last week to Liberty, confidence among Virginia Tech fans has taken a big hit. According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, only 13 percent of Hokies fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s the low-mark on the season, and since the survey’s began, and down from 65 percent last week.
Virginia Tech returns to action this weekend against a Miami team that still has hopes of reaching the CFB Playoffs. Justin Fuente is going anywhere at the moment. It’s mid-season and during a pandemic season, but the loss to Liberty was certainly a low point is his tenure and you’d imagine the athletic director isn’t looking towards an extension any time soon. A win over the Hurricanes won’t erase last week’s errors, but it’ll be a much needed step in rebuild fan confidence (again).
For now, however, fans around the country believe there is a clear-cut playoff picture. There is more than a 50 percent voting gap between the fourth seed in the playoffs and the No. 5 Florida Gators.
Notre Dame beat Clemson last week, but still sits behind the Tigers in the fan vote. That may be in part due to the belief held by more than 80 percent of fans that the two teams will face each other one more time this season, the ACC Championship, giving Clemson a chance at revenge.
The Notre Dame win last week caught much of the country off guard, but it wasn’t the most surprising thing, according to fans. 30 percent of fans said the most surprising result of last week was Penn State remaining winless on the season. Indiana beating Michigan also received more than 10 percent of the vote.
That may explain why the Big Ten received the least amount of votes when fans were asked which of the top three conferences in the country – Big Ten, ACC, SEC – is currently the best. However, despite placing two teams in the fan playoff bracket, the ACC also fell short in that vote to the SEC, which earned more than 50 percent of the vote.
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