Nov 15, 2014; Durham, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back J.C. Coleman (4), kicker Joey Slye (46), and fullback Greg Gadell (47) greet fans after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 17-16 at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
Look ahead to Wake Forest
The Hokie look to get bowl eligible this weekend against a struggling Wake Forest team. The Demon Deacons are 2-8 on the year and an abysmal 0-6 in conference. The Deacons got destroyed in their last game, losing to NC State 42-13. This game should be a game most fans pencil in as a win, and it is up to the Hokies to make this a reality.
On paper, the Hokies look to be the dominate team but the game isn’t played on paper. The Hokies could use a repeat on the defensive side of the ball. The Deacons signal caller is freshman John Wolford. Wolford is having a season he would probably like to forget, especially with his incosistency and high volume of turnovers.
The Hokies’ success against the Duke offense was created by the pressure they were able to get on the Duke signal caller. Look for Bud Foster to dial up the pressure early and often.
The Hokies will need to get J.C. Coleman going early to take pressure off the passing game. Coleman is coming off a career game against Duke and at this point, he is the only Hokie running back with significant experience. Look for Brendan Motley and the “Wild Turkey’ formation to get more snaps this week to generate a rushing attack. Michael Brewer will have to be solid in the passing game and get the ball to the outside playmakers to take advantage of the talent gap.
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The game is one the Hokies should win, but those seem to be the hardest for the boys in Blacksburg this year. A win would continue a bowl appearance streak and give the Hokies solid momentum going into the matchup with their in-state rivals. Look for the Hokies to play solid and continue the winning ways they started against Duke.