The Virginia Tech Hokies have had to rely on their defense to win many games this year and the last few weeks, the Hokies have gone 1-3 and seen their slim national title chances disappear along with their realistic shot at playing in the ACC Championship. Virginia Tech has seen a lot of things lead to their current position but the blame for their bad 4-game stretch might be on the beginning of the season.
Virginia Tech’s defense was great at the beginning of the season but the Hokies’ offense couldn’t seem to stay on the field enough to give the defense some rest. This meant that the Hokies’ defense were constantly out there taking the wear and tear that catches up with even the best athletes over time.
The off week for the Hokies seemed to come at the wrong time with Virginia Tech having a lot of momentum on the defensive side of the ball. Of course, the wear and tear can seem to go unnoticed when you have games week after week but now the Hokies started to feel the pain that they had forgotten about. Once that pains gets in your head, that can cause tons of issues.
The pressure on Virginia Tech’s defense to carry the team had become too much and the lack of an offense to support them created bigger issues. Logan Thomas’s 4 turnovers per game in two weeks led to the Hokies slipping up back-to-back weeks to Duke and Boston College. The defense was put in some bad positions and the wear and tear caught up when Andre Williams had some big runs against the Hokies.
Virginia Tech’s defense should play well against Virginia and in a bowl game since they’ll have plenty of time to rest up and not just an off week. However, an ACC Championship could be a struggle unless the Hokies’ offense can absolutely dominate time of possession with almost 40 minutes against Virginia.