The Virginia Tech football team has hit the halfway mark of the 2023 season winning just two of their first six games. Three of the losses have come in non-conference games, albeit disappointing results in some cases. They have split their first two games in the ACC against Pittsburgh and Florida State.
Virginia Tech returns to Lane Stadium Saturday afternoon at 3:30 to host Wake Forest on Homecoming Weekend before they head off into their bye. Here are three overreactions ahead of Week 7 for the Hokies.
The season is over at 2-4
It might be easy to think this, but it’s hardly a done deal that Virginia Tech will finish with a losing record. The odds might favor that happening and it very may, however, with Florida State off the schedule and no North Carolina and Duke, aside from Louisville, the schedule is manageable.
A win over Wake Forest this weekend would go a long way into enjoying the bye week at 3-4, but games with Boston College and Virginia on the road are winnable games, while games with Syracuse and North Carolina State at home could get interesting for the Hokies.
The Virginia Tech offensive line is going to be OK
No, not really. For one night against Pittsburgh, it seemed like it, but they showed leaks against Florida State and a lot of that had to do with the Seminoles’ speed and talent on defense, but they are still breaking down and allowing a lot of pressure on quarterback Kyron Drones.
The running game has improved from the beginning of the season in the last two weeks and Drones is making some plays in the passing game, but there is still too much pressure on him from the opposing defense. Second-year coach Brent Pry hit it big in the transfer portal with skilled players on offense, now he’s going to have to do it with the offensive line for next season.
Tyler Bowen still struggles to call plays
Again, you have to give credit where it is due. Tyler Bowen called nearly a perfect game as he could against Pittsburgh and against FSU, he again called a good game. A little better execution at certain times would have helped the Hokies. In the second quarter, they successfully converted three fourth downs on a drive that ended with a Bhayshul Tuten 5-yard touchdown run.
Speaking of Tuten, Bowen has committed to the North Carolina A&T transfer and he has responded in the last two weeks. He has shown more confidence in Drones in calling some passing plays and even has mixed in a few wrinkles with jet sweeps and trick plays. Was Bowen in jeopardy of losing his job? Maybe, maybe not, but he certainly has had a different game plan the last two weeks after the Marshall game.
Everything is not all that bad for the Hokies ahead of the Demon Deacons and halfway through the season, sitting two games below .500, there is still a lot of football left for Virginia Tech to turn things around.