Nov 16, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies coaching staff including head coach Frank Beamer (left) on the sidelines in overtime. The Terrapins defeated the Hokies 27-24 in overtime at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Second Half of the Season
Week 7 at Pittsburgh: I don’t know why the Virginia Tech always seems play terrible against Pittsburgh. I don’t know why Foster’s defense seemingly always fails to show up against the Panthers. The Panthers are not expected to be a good team but they will beat the Hokies handedly for reasons that cannot fathom. Hokies 12 Panthers 24.
Week 8 vs Miami: The Hurricanes come to Blacksburg on a Thursday night. Despite the heartbreaking loss the week before, Lane Stadium will be rocking for this rivalry game. The Hokies come out and demolish the Hurricanes on ESPN and retake control of the division. Hokies 42 Hurricanes 27.
Week 9 vs Boston College: A combination of a hangover from the Miami win and long layoff will lead to a sluggish Virginia Tech team as they take on another team that has given them fits over the years. BC will lead by a touchdown at the half but the Hokies pull it to together in the second to edge out a win on a fourth quarter field goal. Hokies 24 BC 21.
Week 10 at Duke: This game will be a blowout. Duke will struggle only a year after making it to the ACC Championship Game and the Hokies will pound them into submission. Hokies 35 Duke 7
Week 11 at Wake Forest: Another blowout for the Hokies as they inch their way up the rankings and talk begins of an ACC Championship Game against undefeated Florida State as the Hokies clinch the Coastal Division crown. Hokies 28 Wake Forest 3.
Week 12 vs UVA: The Hokies rest several key players in the second half with the Coastal Division crown already secured but still beat the Cavaliers handedly keeping the Commonwealth Cup in Blacksburg for another year. Hokies 35 UVA 21.
The Hokies finish the season 10-2 and ranked 11th in the country. They will then take on undefeated Florida State in the ACC Championship Game. Coach Beamer once again cannot beat the Seminoles as the Hokies lose a game that was close until a fourth quarter pick six put the game out reach. But at 10-3 the Hokies and second in the ACC the Hokies will travel to South Beach earning a berth in the Orange Bowl. A successful season for the Hokies who will put any fears of continuity mediocrity aside and return to their rightful place among the college football elite in 2014.