The 2023 bye week for the Virginia Tech football can be seen as a good thing and a bad thing. You might be saying, why both? It’s simple.
The good thing about the bye week is that it allows the Hokies’ banged-up players to get some extra time off to heal, albeit, not a full two weeks like a lot of teams get but only 12 days with them hosting Syracuse Thursday, Oct. 26. The bad thing about the bye week is that they were beginning to play their best football and the hope is that they can pick up where they left off.
At 3-4, Virginia Tech needs to win three out of their final five games to reach bowl eligibility, something that didn’t seem like a possibility after the first four weeks. Here are two reasons why the Hokies will become bowl-eligible this season and one reason why they won’t.
1st reason Virginia Tech becomes Bowl-eligible: Remaining schedule
The final five games are doable for the Hokies in terms of winning three games. Already off the schedule is Florida State and there is no Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, or Clemson on the schedule, which helps the cause.
Syracuse is going to be tough despite losing their last three, to North Carolina, Clemson, and Florida State, three of the top teams in the ACC. After that, Louisville on the road will be tough, but the other road games at Boston College and Virginia are winnable, sandwiched around a home game with North Carolina State.
It’s not going to be easy, but it’s certainly doable for Brent Pry’s team after a disappointing showing in their four non-conference games against Purdue, Rutgers, and Marshall. There is very little room for error for the Hokies.