Despite their 34-3 loss at Louisville Saturday, the Virginia Tech football team is 4-5 and still has an opportunity to become bowl-eligible. The tricky part with the Hokies getting to six wins to become bowl-eligible is that they are going to have to do something that they have failed to do this season at least once, if not twice and that’s win a game on the road away from Lane Stadium.
Four road games so far this season for Brent Pry’s team and four losses, all in a very similar fashion. They dig themselves into a deficit and allow too many big plays to get out of it. Three games remain, at Boston College this upcoming weekend and then at Virginia on Thanksgiving weekend. Sandwiched in between is a home game against North Carolina State, which is not going to be easy.
If Virginia Tech is going to get to bowl eligibility, then winning at least one game on the road is necessary. In ESPN’s recent bowl projections, they have the Hokies listed for two different bowl destinations.
ESPN has Virginia Tech in two different bowl games
ESPN’s college football experts Mark Schlabach and Kyle Bonagura released their latest projections and both still have the Hokies in their projections.
Schlabach has Virginia Tech going to the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 against Memphis, while Bonagura has the Hokies playing Rice in the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
A month ago, who saw the Hokies still with a path to becoming bowl-eligible after their 1-3 start? They need to win two out of their final three games, it is not a guarantee that they do it. The schedule is doable on paper, however, as we have found out many times, paper doesn’t win on the field.
If the Pry wants to take the next step for the program and they become bowl-eligible, they are going to have to do something they haven’t yet this season, find a way to win at least one game on the road. Boston College is a bowl-eligible team, but by no means are they an unbeatable team, even at home. Like Virginia Tech, the Eagles have their own issues that can be taken advantage of.