It has certainly been a whirlwind of a 2023 season for the Virginia Tech football team. The Hokies started the season 1-3 dropping non-conference games to Purdue, Rutgers, and Marshall, with their only win over Old Dominion.
When ACC play started, the Hokies won three of their first four games, beating Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, and Syracuse, while losing at Florida State. Last weekend, Virginia Tech traveled to Kentucky to face Louisville in a battle for second place in the conference and the inside track to the ACC Championship game in December against FSU.
As it turned out, the Hokies are still stuck in a rebuild under second-year head coach Brent Pry and not ready for the big moment they faced at Louisville in a 34-3 rout by the Cardinals. Following the loss, the Hokies are left with just one goal over the final three weeks of the season and it’s a big one if they want to continue to take the next step in their rebuild.
One remaining goal for Virginia Tech is to become bowl-eligible
Sitting at 4-5 overall, there is just one goal remaining for Pry and his team and it’s a very big one. You might even say it’s a giant one. The Hokies’ remaining goal this season should be to win two out of their final three games beginning this weekend at Boston College to become bowl-eligible.
How big would it be for Virginia Tech to become bowl-eligible? It would be very big. Becoming bowl-eligible not only means the Hokies get to play an extra game after Thanksgiving Weekend but also it allows them to have more practice time together ahead of 2024.
That means that Pry and his staff can give his players the chance to practice more and play one more game and give them the necessary experience needed to take the next step in the program. With the remaining schedule against BC, North Carolina State, and Virginia, it would be disappointing if Virginia Tech failed to get at least two wins and failed to get a late-December game.