Oh, what a roller-coaster of an offseason it has been for the Virginia Tech football. Recruiting looks to be strong and new stars are stepping up on the defense, but serious attrition is a problem and the offense remains a question. Luckily for the Hokies, the schedule is favorable as they do not face Clemson or Florida State in 2013, but if the unit does not get their game-face on they could face another mediocre season in Blacksburg.
August 31 – vs #1 Alabama (Atlanta)
Nick Saban will be well ready for this game, but so should Frank Beamer. The only difference is that Saban and the Tide have the more talented squad, despite the offseason losses. Virginia Tech will keep it close, but by the second half Alabama will wear the Hokies down and could blow this one out of proportion. I’ll still be rooting for VT, but at the end of the day ‘Bama has the better team.
Prediction: Alabama 27, Virginia Tech 13
Record: 0-1 (0-0 ACC)
September 7 – vs Western Carolina
Western Carolina is the lone FCS for on the Hokies’ 2013 slate, and will not be able to score against Bud Foster’s defense. After a potential loss to Alabama, Tech will rebound with a blowout win over a FCS team that went 1-11 in 2012.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 42, Western Carolina 0
Record: 1-1 (0-0 ACC)
September 14 – @ East Carolina
Traditionally, Virginia Tech has been great on the road, and will continue that success in this game. ECU may have one of the better offenses in their conference, but a couple forced turnovers late will lead to a win for Beamer’s crew.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 31, East Carolina 17
Record: 2-1 (0-0 ACC)
September 21 – vs Marshall
The last game between the Thundering Herd and the Hokies in 2011 could look a lot in this one. Marshall battled closely for most of the game, but a couple of big plays from Logan Thomas sealed the outcome of the game. Expect much of the same in 2013.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 28, Marshall 13
Record: 3-1 (0-0 ACC)
September 26 – @ Georgia Tech
Virginia Tech has to face the triple option attack of Georgia Tech every year, but this time they play the Jackets just five days after their game versus Marshall. Less time to prepare, but Bud Foster and nine starters on the defense have already battled the option – and effectively. Last year the Hokies won 20-17 in overtime, and this year I expect another close win for Virginia Tech.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 21, Georgia Tech 14
Record: 4-1 (1-0 ACC)
October 5 – vs North Carolina
With extra time to prepare and with this game being in Blacksburg, the Hokies have a slight edge. The Tarheels put up 533 yards and 48 points in last year’s win, but a Virginia Tech defense will not allow that again. Logan Thomas passed for 354 yards versus UNC in 2012, and will have to continue that to beat out their senior QB, Bryn Renner. I favor Virginia Tech this year; their defense is better than North Carolina’s, and no Giovanni Bernard.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 31, North Carolina 23
Record: 5-1 (2-0 ACC)
October 12 – vs Pittsburgh
The Panthers beat the Hokies like nobody’s business in 2012, but have lost a ton on offense. Pittsburgh made the smart move and joined the ACC, but will struggle this year while adjusting to their new conference. If Logan Thomas plays better this time around, then Tech earn another conference win.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 23, Pittsburgh 10
Record: 6-1 (3-0 ACC)
October 26 – vs Duke
The offense will be rolling by now, and will find a favorable matchup against Duke, a team that Virginia Tech scored 41 on last year. After a bye week, the Hokies will feast on a bottom-tier ACC team in Duke.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 34, Duke 16
Record: 7-1 (4-0 ACC)
November 2 – @ Boston College
This will be Virginia Tech’s first road game in over a month, and should be a game on the upset alert for the unit. BC played impressively in last year’s contest, and will in this one. However, Tech will be well ready and will ride the defense to their eighth straight win.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 17, Boston College 10
Record: 8-1 (5-0 ACC)
November 9 – @ Miami-FL
In what is arguably the toughest game on the schedule outside of Alabama, The Hokies will travel to Miami to take on the Hurricanes. Despite a paper-thin defense, the Hurricanes will be much improved, and a top contender in the ACC. Stephen Morris and Logan Thomas could put on quite a show in this game, but Miami has more to offer on offense and will take the game, and possibly the Coastal Division crown.
Prediction: Miami-FL 24, Virginia Tech 20
Record: 8-2 (5-1 ACC)
November 16 – vs Maryland
A bottom-feeder in the ACC, Maryland has little to offer outside of playmaker Stefon Diggs. Diggs might produce a couple of big plays for the Terps, but not enough to pull of the upset.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 30, Maryland 10
Record: 9-2 (6-1 ACC)
November 23 – @ Virginia
Virginia? Beating Virginia Tech? Not in this decade. In this so-called ‘rivalry’, things have taken a turn for the worse for the Wahoos as they have dropped the past nine and thirteen out of the past fourteen. UVA has pulled in some impressive recruits for their 2014 class, but for now Virginia Tech owns the Commonwealth Cup.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 35, Virginia 14
Conclusion: 10-2 (7-1 ACC)
Despite a rough offseason, Virginia Tech will have a rebound year in 2013, with another 10-win season and possibly an ACC Championship. Logan Thomas will be much improved, and the defense is much better with many proven stars and some exciting new ones.
How do you think the Hokies will fare in 2013? Leave any comments or questions below, and as always, go Hokies!