Virginia Tech Football: 3 red flags for the Hokies moving forward

Oct 14, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons defensive back DaShawn Jones (10) breaks up a pass intended for Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Stephen Gosnell (12) during the second quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 14, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons defensive back DaShawn Jones (10) breaks up a pass intended for Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Stephen Gosnell (12) during the second quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports /
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Seven weeks into the season, the Virginia Tech football team sits at 3-4 following a Week 7 win over Wake Forest. The Hokies head into the bye week looking to get healthy before they face a big final five weeks.

There is no shortage of storylines for Virginia Tech through the first seven games for coach Brent Pry and his team. Injuries at key positions have played a big role, the inability to stop the big play on defense and the offense taking four weeks to get going was a big reason got their 1-3 start with disappointing losses to Purdue at home and road games at Rutgers and Marshall.

As bad as things were, a play here or a play there could have made a big difference on both sides of the ball. Things have been better since ACC play began with wins over Pittsburgh and Wake Forest sandwiched around a loss at fourth-ranked Florida State. The Hokies didn’t do themselves any favors by digging a 22-0 first-quarter hole only to rally to cut the deficit to 22-17 early in the third quarter before two touchdown runs from the Seminoles sealed the deal.

There are plenty of things to like for the Hokies coming out of the bye week when they resume play on Oct. 26 at Lane Stadium against Syracuse. Here are four red flags for Virginia Tech before they begin the march toward earning six wins to become Bowl-eligible by the end of November.