Just when you thought the Virginia Tech football team was turning a corner, Saturday’s performance at Louisville was a harsh reminder of where they still are. In a rebuild.
Playing for control of second place in the ACC and controlling their path to the ACC title game in December against Florida State with a win, the Hokies reverted to the September Hokies and suffered a demoralizing 34-3 loss to Louisville.
Several concerning trends showed up again against the Cardinals and now the Hokies have some damage control to do to get ready for their final three games of the season, needing two wins to become bowl-eligible. Here are three major concerns following the loss to Louisville.
Virginia Tech looked flat on both sides of the ball
After losing to Florida State on Oct. 7, head coach Brent Pry spoke about his team not being ready to play and how that was on him. Well, then it should be on him after his team looked flat and not prepared for the Cardinals.
The same thing happened at Rutgers and Florida State. The Seminoles scored 22 unanswered points in the first quarter and Tech was never able to recover and Louisville put up 14 early points and Virginia Tech was never able to recover.
Pry’s team is not built to come from behind and good starts are an almost must. There are still two games remaining to right the ship, but a good start is necessary to have an opportunity to win a game.